My 1st real blog, only 5 months late…
Well, it’s been exactly 5 months since I created the blog on this site and I’ve yet to post anything. Where have I been? Locked away in the caves of course. So I thought the best subject for my first real post would be what the heck I’ve been up to for the last 5 months. I’ll work in reverse order:
I just recorded and mixed the debut EP for Bay Area band Abatis at Prairie Sun last weekend. You can hear it on the reverbnation page right now, and should soon be able to purchase online – fuzzy, loud rock, knocked out live, rough, and ready to kick some ass. They’re on facebook, too.
The previous two weeks were spent in Studio B at Prairie Sun where I produced, recorded, and mixed the debut album “Ver Le Sud” for Napa-based band Anandel. It’s a family affair based around the songwriting and vocal talents of JT Bailey, which demonstrate a maturity and skill pleasantly surprising for a first record. It’s acoustic rock/pop drawing on various colors with lyrics that are more or less explicit from song to song in their Christian and inspirational messages, but don’t lose track of emotional honesty (the big one for me). Look for a release in the coming months, and I’ll link a website when it happens.
At the end of October/early November I recorded and mixed the new album “California Gold” for Sacramento-based Southern Rock group Doolin Run. The record’s already out and available on the band’s website, where you can hear the tracks previewed as well.
In September I recorded a classical guitar album for Julio Reyes. In December I engineered for producer Steve Fontano as we started work on Mark Vigil’s next project (ongoing with one song done and three more ready for overdubs). In August Mark “Mooka” Rennick and I mixed the debut album for the Nolan Gasser Quartet, “Ode to Swing.” I’ve been working regularly with singer/songwriter Shadi Shamsavari on songs for digital release, and as usual there have been lots of one-days, assistant gigs, and other bits and pieces.
The big production that coincides with my blog absence has been the debut album for Sonoma County-based band Salty De Vito, for which I’ve been co-producing, engineering, and will soon be mixing. The music is definitely a cross-breed of alterna-rock, featuring strong songwriting and vocals – and best of all, lots of variety. The project started with basic tracking in August and we just last week finished the final vocal touches to wrap overdubs. We’re taking our time on this one, making sure we have the performances and the sounds on disk before moving to the next step. We’re tentatively planning for a final mix in February, and I’ll update on release schedules.