It’s been a while, I’ve got a couple of these on the go and thought I would throw this one up. Definitely out of my wheel house with this one, but a good exercise none the less. This is a song called Treat Me Right, by a young lady named Lauren Taylor who is best known as an actress on the Disney Channel show Best Friends. I typically like to work in the hard rock/metal genre so something like this is not in my comfort zone, but then again, most of the fun stuff happens outside your comfort zone right? I was working on it while my wife and kids and their friends were in the area of my mixing room, I got several comments about how catchy it was and they wanted to know who sang it so it’s definitely an ear worm. All that being said, here’s my remix of Lauren Taylor’s Treat Me Right.
That time again, this time another remix of a country song by a band called The Gallery. This song is entitled Dream Girl. It’s been interesting bouncing around genres a little bit. What I’ve noticed is that I tend to approach songs from a rock point of view. Not really surprising because metal and rock are really what my musical DNA is based on, but part of me has a philosophical debate with myself about whether I should spend time learning about the idiosyncrasies of mixing each specific genre or do I allow the mix to be filtered through my musical preferences.
I was having a discussion with a guitarist friend of mine the other week about this, he’s allowing me to re-record and remix some of his work, and I made the comment that in a way the producer and engineers are additional band members from a certain point of view because they can through their choices dictate what the end songs sounds like. Just going through the exercise of writing this post out makes me think, it is worthwhile to learn about how certain styles like country are engineered and mixed because that knowledge is just another tool in the larger engineering box o’ tricks. Enough blabbering, have a listen to a good country song by a talented group of guys!
It’s that time again! Latest remix is a faith rock type song called Eternal Eyes by a gentleman by the name of John Demena. Really interesting vibe to this song that is right up my alley so this one really was a pleasure to work on (and I’ll be damned it’s still stuck in my head). I recently picked up a Presonus Faderport 8 and UAD-2 PCI card, so this was my first chance to be able to mix at home with faders instead of a keyboard and mouse and to use some pretty amazing hardware based plug-ins like a Neve 33609 compressor. At some point I’ll review them but I want to get some more time and experience in with them. Anyway, I’ll stop yapping now and get to the music! Here’s my mix of Eternal Eyes!
So I’m about half way through the engineering program I’m enrolled in, all that’s left are essentially technical courses that I’m already more than familiar with, but the actual mixing and production courses are done. My final exam was a three parter, the big part being mix a song in 3 hours, which is an insanely short amount of time to do that. Managed to do it and walk away with an A+ average so I’m extremely happy with that. So where does that leave me? Well with lots of time to practice what I’ve learned and to start building a portfolio of what I’m capable of, which leads to this post.
A while back I joined a site called ProduceLikeAPro.com run my a gentlemen by the name of Warren Huart, he’s worked with artists like Aerosmith, Ace Frehely, The Fray, Korn, James Blunt, the list goes on and on, but he also loves sharing what he’s learned, and most importantly for me, shares ProTools sessions so that guys like me can build out our own portfolios. I’ll probably do a post on these type of sites at some point, and how and why I ended up at Warren’s, but if you’re like me and want to continue learning about audio engineering and production I would recommend his site, it is well worth the cost.
So this is one of those sessions, a song called Locked up by a young lady named London Lawhon, going into this I did not look her or the original mix of the song up ahead of time, I wanted to go into it blind (so to speak) so that the end result was completely uninfluenced. After the mix was complete and I was happy with it I went back and listened to the original for the first time with my wife. Even though it’s the same song from the same source, the two versions are very different sounding and we both much preferred my mix of it. That’s not a slight against the original, music is an extremely subjective medium, and my tastes and approach to it is that less is more and that is apparent in my mix with London’s voice, the piano and guitars being the focus of the mix. So here’s my remix and I’ll link the original video just after it:
YouTube Video and Original mix by Warren Huart can be found here.