Documenting my Recording Project

Posted in Uncategorized by daveolsonmusic on May 10, 2010

I’m not a fan of blogs.  I have some funny and interesting friends who can write an entertaining blog.  Unfortunately I am neither funny nor interesting.  Not intentionally anyway.   

But for the past few months I’ve been working on the initial stages of a recording project.  It’s not my first recording project, but I’m really excited about it and I want to document it.  Hopefully it will also act as a vehicle for passive aggressive communication with my record producer Richard when we don’t see eye to eye.  

This is Richard’s *second* project as a producer and so far he’s doing great.  He’s much better at some of the necessary skills required in record production than I am.  Specifically: talking up my music to other musicians and convincing them to record with me, communicating effectively, and keeping track of details.  He also has a good ear for making music sound good, which is pretty important in any recording proect.  My role is to write the songs (done!) and try not to screw them up while we record them.  

So far these are the details.  We’ve selected 12-14 songs we want to record.  We’ve spent the last two months tracking demos of the songs and tweaking them as needed.  Many times we would tear a song totally apart, record a completely different version, and eventually end up pretty close to the original version.   

I wrote a check last week to rent a refurnished barn in Buffalo, MN.  We’ll spend 4 days there recording over the third week in May.  Richard managed to aquire a lot of great recording equipment, and we’ve hired a fellow named Adam Krinksy to run that equipment.  

Richard will be playing drums.  We will have 2 bass players- Chris Bates will be playing upright bass and Cody McKinney will be playing electric bass.  Eric Koskinen and Benson Ramsey will be playing guitar.  Ryan Young will play violin and Pete Sands will play keyboards.  Oh, and I’ll play guitar and sing.  Later, once the basic tracking is done, we’ll invite some guests to sing harmony vocals, put down additional tracks, etc.  

I’m super excited.  And nervous too.  I’m spending a bunch of money and asking a bunch of really cool and amazing musicians to give me their time and talent and to dress up my humble songs.  

Our future recording studio