I have just returned from a really great studio session for the project where we have begun building some structures to the songs. I thought I’d take a minute and try and share the process so far.
I wrote some song ideas with Mats (guitarist and general musical genius!) down in the home studio. From these sessions we had around 30 song ideas in various states. Some were almost complete and others were just improvisations that we liked.
Last weekend we all hooked up in the studio to start the project. So Mats and I were joined by Linn (Bass / Sound production) and Dan (Producer and sound designer). We played through a few ideas and started capturing some piano riffs.
90% of the demos for the project had me on electric guitar and vocal and Mats playing upright piano. The piano lines and really strong are probably something we will keep as the songs progress into the production stage.
Development from the first hook up
That first session went well, it really helped us see how differently we all worked and what we could bring individually to the project. I took from it the fact that we are all very comfortable in the studio environment and this could be the best way to build the songs (rather than sitting in a room together and developing the songs on instruments).
Creating Pro Tools roughs
This last week Mats and I have been working through 5 songs and creating Pro Tools sessions that have the piano, vocal and guitar parts. We have been working on the structure of the songs and basically creating a blue-print for the foundation of each composition.
So tonight we met up with Linn in the studio and we started working from the Pro Tools rough sessions, adding basslines and additional tracks. This process really helped us to push forward because we have something on the speakers to discuss and creatively express onto. I really feel we are onto something really positive and fun!
As the posts go on I will try and share the process in as much detail as I can. These are all professional musicians, engineers and producers so I think these blogposts could really help out other musicians that are wanting to progress in the music industry and develop their ideas into professional products.
There is a really deep personal level to this project and of course I will try and share that too, but all I can say is that it has taken me 20 years in music to reach the stage where I am finally in a state of mind where I feel ready for this amazing adventure into music. The other music projects have been a build up to this… It really feels like that at the moment!