New WAA video

I did this video a couple of months back. I found the footage and it seemed to fit like a glove with the song. The track’s from the WAA album out in a couple of weeks and I really love this song.

Everything’s live and ‘real’ (though separately recorded): the piano was recorded on a Macbook internal mic only at a school and it sounds ace. I did my best Emerson Lake and Palmer on wobbly synth and my best Mark King (with no fingers) on bass. JR did some really nice guitar,too. I really loved doing the ‘aah vocals’ There’s some mellotron (a sample but played live) and an old Casio keyboard I got for 50 p. When I mixed it, it felt like it needed to sound like it was done to tape: squishy and warm and ’70’s dull’.

No idea what JR’s verse and chorus is about, and I’m sure he feels the same about mine. Doesn’t matter, though, coz the end result’s pretty special.

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This is Hopeless

A sneaky peek at the WAA single we’re plugging pre album launch.

The track holds a special place in my heart. It was the first track we wrote together, and actually the only one John and I wrote in the same room. The main parts of this started around 7 years ago. John came round to my studio and we, ahem, ‘jammed’ to a beat with glockenspiel, twinkly piano, bass and Mattel drum machine.

Initially we mixed it as an instrumental, but when we started the WAA project we dusted it off and John wrote some words. It’s perhaps the strongest song in the traditional sense we’ve written, and I love the warmth it emits.

I’m not entirely sure what John’s singing about, but I like the general feeling it gives me. I’m proud as anything to have been involved in it.

John did the video for this, too.

We are officially start pushing this next monday, I think, but for now, enjoy.

There’s a remix, too, which I knocked a video up for. The remix is super sexy. John did this as his sprlnr alter-ego. I did a little mixing and mastering on it as well as some BVs. This will be the second track of the free download version of ‘Hopeless’. Really hope you like them both.

8th Nov 2010 Pottering and Jonathon Jeremiah

Well, just been pottering around really. Enjoying the remixing bits… a nice distraction. One of the three has hit a dead end, but other two coming on nicely. the fourth (Jamie Says) seems to have died.. Kyle never got back to me, so I assume he hates it! A deal’s a deal, so I won’t play it to anyone else. The musical ideas I generated round it will go into other stuff I’m sure.Hope to get the rest done this week, then devote some more time to the paperwork of the WAA album.. promo and press lists…WAA stuff coming on: sleeve and card and stickers and duplication. Lots to do. As ever, not enough time to do it in.

Jonathon Jeremiah was on Later last week. It wasn’t a surprise .. I’d heard he signed a deal a few months back and I mailed him to say hi……. he used to live in Leicester and I recorded a batch of songs with him at an old studio I used to run. I must dig the DATs out, but I remember the sessions well. Really lovely lovely songs and voice. Before he booked the studio his sole question was ‘can you do that Verve effect?’. Yes… (he meant a delay, fact fans). The fact I could do ‘that Verve effect’ meant I got the job and we did, well, a few tracks. Theres a song called ‘My Angelino’ which I hope he digs out … sure fire classic: we did some strings using an Akai and a Yamaha SY22…. felt real at the time anyway!

The sessions were always good fun: there was him playing 12 string , 6 string and bass, Andy from another 2 or 3 bands including 60s tastic Broncho Bullfrog playing drums.. and a few others popping in and out. It was a bit of a soap opera time, too: Jonathon’s to-be-girlfriend, Diane was best friends with my soon to be girlfriend ,Naveda, so for a while it was a bit of a close knit muso love-in-commune!

Jonathon did a gig at the Charlotte which was fucking terrible….. the soundcheck was the rehearsal, and it had Rob from indie lovers Perfume on guitar. I did the sound : wish I’d recorded it!

Well done on him signing to Island ( I think well done, but you never know!)

1 11 10 Mastering Jamie Says, some remix action and One Cure for Man demos

Lots of marking tonight and before the ears went to sleep I mastered the Jamie Says remix. Mailed to Kyle.

Worked a little on the Local Natives remix. Got a structure and enough basic ideas really…next comes the moulding.

As I type this am listening to some One Cure For Man demos James sent me… really ace. There’s a slow build track called ‘Not a Word’ which is really really great.

John R has sorted the stickers out for the WAA album…. we trickle on!

30th Oct Some remixing

Stumbled on good remix resources website called Tracks and Field with some good stems on. I liked the Local Natives track enough to download and have a pop at a remix. It’s incredibly liberating remixing others’ stuff: theres already the definitive version out there .. so it’s fine to go in a different way. For me, that Local Natives track isn’t amazing… if it were I wouldn’t touch it, but I can hear a heart waiting to get out, so I’m going to try exposing that.

The duplicator has misplaced one of the art plates for the WAA album. Hope he finds it, or makes us another no charge.

 

Oct 28th 2010 Driving in my car. Art attack. Ken.

First time in a long time I drove to the day job. I burnt the WAA album to CD and tagged the Jamie Says remix on the end too. Was lovely to listen…..cars are great ways to get a good idea of your mix…no parallel sides for a start. I remember mixing a punk album years ago: every time we thought we’d have a mix done we’d record it to cassette then run to the car park and pop it on the car stereo.

Anyhow, pleased to say (as its too late) that the album sounds great. The Jamie Says remix is pretty much there.. a couple of tweaks (that I’m about to do) which sounded obvious when you listen in a different context, but that’s the point of listening on other systems.

I did some video editing on the WAA track I started last week. Always wondered what the Ken Burns effect was. So I rinsed it to death. Wish I had the energy to learn more editing as I have access to Final Cut Studio, but I’ll stick with I-Movie for now: it’s a needs be needs must thing. The vid’s looking OK. Just used some nice imagery I found on Youtube and squished it about a bit. “better than nothing” the reviewers will all say!

Spent some time on the WAA album sleeve, too. Again, I wish I had more skills, but I enjoy poking round with the limited tools I have. I mailed what I had to John R for his ideas, too