Today, I proudly present the cover artwork design of my actual EP project. As a result, the title of the upcoming record is also revealed: Royal Flush. Everything refers to the poker game topic and a royal flush, the best possible hand in many variants of poker. Let me tell you a bit more about the idea of the title and the associated cover artwork in the following.Continue reading →
The editing of the shouter vocals was done, and we already proceeded with the mixdown of the entire song. But the missing piece of the puzzle was the clean vocalist that sings the melodic, pop-ish chorus and a few other parts together with the shouter. When you missed the previous article that describes our shouter vocal recording with Kim Rese, feel free to check this out here before continue reading this article.
A long time passed until we could find a suitable collaborator that met our expectations sound- and skill-wise. We finally got a great singer/songwriter with a long-lasting recording and touring career involved in the modern rock project. Let me tell you more about who our collaborator is and how we recorded his clean vocals for “Come Back”.
Are you tired of looking for skilled singers in music forums or facebook groups? It takes a lot of time and usually is – at least for us – not successful and depressing. The lack of interested candidates is not a problem. Instead, the people contacting you on those platforms are often not professional enough and – until now – did not meet our needs sound- and skill-wise. That misery can finally be history! In the following, we present you the service Vocalizr that wants to help to connect singers and producers from around the world. Let’s see if it does what it promises.Continue reading →
Almost three months ago, we reported about the bass recording for the modern rock track called “Come Back”. During that period, we wrote the song’s lyrics and finally could start tracking the vocals for the production, starting with the vocal shouts. The song consists of two vocalists, one shouter and one clean, melodic vocalist. Combining those two different styles and voices allows us to target a broader audience and achieve a more pop-ish result. Thus, people that usually do not listen to rock music that includes shouts may connect easier with the song. Let me tell you briefly how we recorded the shouts for “Come Back”.Continue reading →
In the near past, I started documenting the progress of AP’s new modern rock project “Come Back” began with explaining how the idea for the song arose and how we started the songwriting and recording process by tracking the drums, guitars and keys. After the editing of the guitar recording was done, a demo mix was sent to Torsten Kolb, who I got to know as the bassist of the alternative rock band Blizzard back in 2014/2015. It only took a couple of days after I received a bass concept for the song that just needed a few small adjustments later during the final recording in late January to be exactly what I was initially looking for.Continue reading →
Two weeks ago, I published the first production documentation article after almost a year. That type of article should help novices in the songwriting and production business to understand how to get specific results and should act as a source of inspiration for your future productions. For all others reading the article, it can be a small diary entry to be sure that we are continually working on our upcoming projects and get some behind-the-scenes insights of those as well as final release announcements. This time, I will briefly talk about the keys and sound effects (SFX) recording for “Come Back”.Continue reading →
Today’s article will introduce tools and frameworks to you that can help you to build a successful (project) team. While doing so, the overall objective is to find the ideal team composition with team members that complement each other in terms of professional skills and character attributes. That should lead to in this blog often mentioned increase in productivity and efficiency. The topic of an ideal team and work environment became more and more relevant for me over the past years. I realised the importance of a well-performing, reliably-working team in the past of working with a lot of different characters and skill sets on several music productions or other professional and academic projects. If you are in the lucky position to have the opportunity to select your team members on your own, I am sure you will not want to miss a well-performing team anymore if you had one once. In the following, you find my recommendations and tips to achieve exactly that.Continue reading →
One day in November 2018, I spent some hours of my weekend in my project studio and wrote and recorded drums for an entire song of which its rhythm existed in my mind after taking a shower – ready to be recorded. Just Pro Tools’s metronome and the idea in my head provided the basis for my new song. Later, I sent the finished drum recording to Philipp Lykostratis, a brilliant guitar player, motion designer and former colleague at the media agency. Soon after, I received already recorded demo guitar tracks that made me decide to schedule a recording session to finalise the parts and to do the recording at my place in mid of January. The following article will explain to you how we did it and what equipment we used.Continue reading →