So my cousin/bandmate/go-to-photographer, Johanna Austin (AustinArt.org), and I thought it would be the good and prudent thing to make a photo blog during the creation of my upcoming album. I’ve posted the first couple photos/comments from our Preproduction session. For the full blog, go to Johanna’s site – here, and stay tuned for more photos and commentary to come.
2/23/11 – Preproduction Session
Here it is, the album photo blog/blog collaboration (with AustinArt) for the big new album. And when I say big, I mean big in a bunch of ways – big in terms of creating songs that kick big amounts of ass, big in terms of my hopes for sparking big things in my career, big in terms of my investment (of time, money, organization, energy, songs, creativity), and big in terms of the amount of space in my mind/life it has occupied for the last couple months. As you can see in this photo, I’ve grown a beard, my first ever, to commemorate the event. I guess I’m kind of hoping it inspires greatness, in some biblical sort of way.
This is Pete Donnelly, who’s producing the album. We’re hashing out an arrangement for my song, “I Can’t Wait,” or the song formerly known as “I Can’t Wait,” since Pete was saying (and I agree) that the title’s a little too obvious/played.
From all I know, good music producers are some of the most talented hardworking people alive. They’re almost always phenomenal multi-instrumentalists. They know their recording program inside and out, understand the mystical world of sound equipment, work extremely hard (and quickly), and are good at getting the best out of musicians/artists in high pressure, often dry situations, which is not usually the best place for music to come from. And on top of all that, good producers have an emotional sensitivity to music that brings them to the next level. In these preproduction sessions it’s been so cool to see the way Pete can dial in on what I’m going for with the song, and intuitively understand what tweaks, notes, or grooves will express that feeling best.
For the rest of the photos, go here.