This week, Studio ready, Let’s go -
A wise man once said “if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready” - Suga Free. This is very true when it comes to going into the studio. Now for some, I’ll be preaching to the choir, so please pass this Tip along to your apprentices, interns or anybody on the come up going in the studio for the first or second time. It takes a good deal of money to record in a commercial studio and the last thing you want to do is waste any coins. Maximizing the time, energy, creative juice and opportunity should be one of your number one objectives. Therefore, set a goal. What do you plan to get done and how? Make a plan. How long will you be there, what will you do, plan out your vocals, layers, instruments, beats, all of it. Be prepared physically, mentally and spiritually, to be at your peak creatively. If you are too tired, under the weather, hung over, or emotionally spent, people can hear it; it will take longer to record, and it won’t be your best. Be on time. You will be dealing with other professionals and paying for their time. Time is money - period. Practice and finish writing before you get there. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen acts try to write and practice once they get to the studio. Have it all formatted - the hooks, the verses, solos, drum breaks, everything. Obviously leave some room for creativity, but know where it goes and have it written down. Bring snacks. Now I’m not talking about a full burger meal, but something healthy to keep your energy up. Do a little research on the studio and the engineer; or bring your own. If the engineer has only done hard core hip hop projects, they may miss the little nuances that take a gospel or jazz project from good to great; know what you’re dealing with. Lastly proofread meaning listen. Listen to correct not to jam. Make sure your chords lineup, and your vocals are distinguishable; people want to sing along. If they have no idea what you're saying they can’t, and trust me they want to.