Studio News

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of last week I found myself on another planet. For 32 hours we poured ourselves out in Sound Arts Recording Studios. When writing a new song, I don't necessarily know what it will turn out to sound like; R&B, rock 'n' roll, Americana, or 70s soul jam. When you gather in the studio, especially in this case, you serve the song. It sounds mysterious, but you play whatever the song tells you to play. None of these songs have ever been played on more than an acoustic guitar, so I had few ideas on what they would really feel like. For the most part, you would have been just as surprised as I was when hearing these songs come to life. Boy, was I surprised.

There is nothing like recording a record. The left brain nearly shuts itself down and all the energy is diverted to the right. The soul takes over. To serve the song you have to feel the song and that's not in a book. The beat, the melody, the structure, the room, the musicians, the food, the drink, the instruments, all serving the song. Every piece matters, yet it can't matter too much. Laid back, but not asleep. On the vigilant side of lazy. It's a mystery, a trick, and a science all rolled into ones and zeros. 


In 3 days we tracked 12 songs - a feat of endurance, let me tell you. Potentially, we have 2 more that will just be guitar and vocals. 50+ songs became 17, which became 15, which became 14. We'll see what 14 becomes. 

One emotion continued through those 3 days - thankfulness. 148 of you are making this happen. Thank you.

Tonight I will be finishing the acoustic guitar tracks, then moving on to the vocals. The production will transition into the mixing process (where you take all of the different tracks/instruments and make sure they are loud or quiet enough), then send the mix off to be mastered (I'll explain that later). 

I can't wait for you to hear these songs. If you have any questions shoot them my way.

- Tyler


Studio News

BIG NEWS: We've decided to move studio locations, based on schedule conflicts with musicians. The good news is that the studio is in Houston, making it easier on everyone! Sound Arts Recording Studio has one of the finest collection of vintage gear anywhere. They are the perfect choice for the sounds we're looking for. Did I mention they have recording gear that The Beatles used at Abby Road Studios? 

Even better news: it's on the calendar! Josh (the producer) and I met with Brian (the studio owner) and walked through Studio A. We talked dates and nailed them down.


So It Begins

Saturday night kicked off with a "Social Media Launch Party Blast." Leslianne and I played through 10 brand new songs. Most of which will make it's way on the new record, The Devil Rides A Horse . We had a full house and couldn't have been more pleased. We played and the songs seemed well received. In the audience included the wife of a famous author, one of the quarterbacks for the Houston Texans, and a few folks from London. I was happy.

Clicking "Go Live!" on the site was rather intimidating. It's rather much for a person like me to say, "Here, internet, expose me." Will the project do well? Will people click the link and say, "Eh...?" Really, just a plain ole Junior High, will-people-like-me kind of thing.

Here we are, roughly 36 hours into the campaign and I am pumped. It's going great so far. We're nearing 20% of the funds to make these songs come to life!

29 days to go... 

June 26, 2013

Writing a song can be easy. Editing a song is torture. 

Given the right amount of time, I return to the song, then tell that song how much I hate it. We snuggle up, apologize, then figure out if there's any way we can make it work. Sometimes, it's a gnarly separation. Most times, it's plastic surgery, then we're back together.  

It's the most humiliating part of songwriting. To take something that felt like gold a few weeks ago, then realize that it's fake is less than desirable. However, the thought that, with very few exceptions, songs left in their first draft are typically garbage is what keeps an editor editing. I have written somewhere around 200 songs and I've never had ONE, first draft song worth a darn. Second draft? Third draft? A couple.

That's where I'm at: the editing phase. The sloppy, trench foot, inescapable phase of editing.