I have been truly blessed to have had many great mentors in my life, they have guided me through so many musical mazes. I know in future blogs I will definitely talk more about them with much reverence, because, frankly they deserve the huge amount of respect they get in the musical community. But as I sat down to write this blog something dawned on me, something really huge, yes, I have learned so much from these mentors, but I have learned even more, much, much more from the Artists I’ve worked with!
In my career I’ve been fortunate to work with both established artists and with young up and coming talent and one thing I have seen with all of them is their need to be understood. This is the greatest lesson I’ve learned in my career, we need to relate to our Artists in order to truly be able to make amazing music.
For us as Engineers and Producers it is our number 1 job to understand the artists vision and bring out great performances in them. I have learned so much more from the Artists I work with than any other source.
Each Artist is unique, they have a voice, whether they sing or they rap, that voice is theirs, completely unique to them. We as Engineers and Producers may get to work with many people during our careers, but for many Artists they may have only a few chances to establish themselves and create a career. It is our job to relate to them, make them feel comfortable, understand their vision and get the best possible performances out of them. We must always remember that it’s their music and it is our job is capture their art and present it in the best possible way we can.
The balance for us between the Technical and the Creative is important, extremely important, but the creative side must always shine! No one has ever bought a song because a waveform looked right on a screen. Let’s get creative and inspire creativity in those we work with.
Thank you all ever so much for taking the time to read this blog and have a marvelous time recording and mixing!