Some of you may remember my blog series, Macchiavelli's Guide to the Music Industry, which ran for a while on a well known site. I started that blog in the first place when I thought that the main reason that many musicians couldn't find a way to climb the music industry ladders was because of how opaque it must look from the outside. Because it wasn't obvious to them which were the snakes and which were the ladders. What I tried to do in that series was to help artists to understand what a record label was looking for and what the expectations of them as a signed artist might be.
Other than private recording studios in the hands of music legends like UB40 and Ocean Colour Scene, Birmingham Studios have never really featured as a destination for the serious London recording musician. Circle Studios facility, with it's four large live rooms, two control rooms featuring API and Neve desks and mastering room has well and truly changed all that.
Recording drums tests a recording studio to extremes. And while half the musicians in the country now have their own recording set up few have access to a great sounding room that can really make their music shine. That's why when we first decided to build Circle Recording Studios in Birmingham, we knew it had to be different.
We are always surprised that people don't seem to get how huge the difference is between recording drums, or indeed any acoustic instrument, in a great sounding recording studio and recording in a carpet-walled toilet. Our new video series will set the record straight. We wanted to do something a bit different to the usual recording studio video or even drumming video. Here's the trailer. Tell us what you think so far:
So almost a year ago I heard that a music industry website, Supajam, were looking for a recording studio engineer or record producer to write a regular music industry column for publication on their site. The idea was to provide an insight from behind the glass. Not just the obvious stuff about how to make a record, but insights into the thinking that goes in behind the scenes: how to develop bands, to help them to develop their own fan-base, and to talk about how important brand is to all of that...
So you may have read part 1 of this recording studio blog over on Machiavellis Guide. If not, you should go check it out before you read on: http://www.supajam.com/blog/article/Bands-Never-Mind-the-Bollocks-why-ar.... In the first part of this blog, I suggested that before you book time at a recording studio you should consider what it is you want to achieve. What really is your objective for the recording?
There are some great things about recording studio life. But some things aren't so fun. Like when a 10 day recording session on a metal album finishes at 3am and you are exhausted and all you want to do is go home and die but you know you've got to clean the place up so it's shining like a new pin ready for the voice over for a children's programme coming in at 9am. Or cleaning the toilets. Or making tea all day long. But one of the most infuriating things is when bands or artists extract the urine. I guess that's what set me off on this rant over here: