There are exactly three weeks left until my album playback! On December 10th at 6pm I'll be publicly playing my entire album "Constellations" in Studio A at the Hearst CCIM building at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. HOPEFULLY the album will be available online on that date as well but I can't promise anything just yet.
This past week I finished tracking which means the mixing phase will be in full swing now. Alexa played some beauuutiful cello parts for me and really brought the songs with strings to a new level (thank you Alexa!!). Here she is looking super epic/having a cello duel with herself:
As I draw closer to the end of this crazy project I'm finally starting to feel kind of good about how my mixes are coming along. Mixing is probably what I'm least the confident about with this whole music thing, and in my opinion it's one of the most important things (uh oh). I feel pretty good about songwriting, recording, and producing, but when it comes time to actually make everything sound the way I want it to it becomes a really scary process! Since this album will be my first true release, my big debut, I want it to be really perfect, which is very hard to accomplish in the amount of time I have to complete the album. Three weeks doesn't feel like a lot of time but I also know that a lot of work can be done in that amount of time, so I'm trying to look on the bright side.
Finally here's the poster I made announcing my playback. If you go to Saint Rose you've probably seen it around but if you haven't, here it is!
What I've been listening to this week: "Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens
I finally had my album photoshoot last weekend! It was five hours of intense fun and pure magic. I felt like a pop star, switching between outfits, makeup looks, and hair styles (which was very stressful at times but overall really cool). Biiig shout outs to Judybelle Camangyan for taking the photos, Anna Miceli for doing my hair, Amarie King for styling me and giving me immense emotional support, and Maria McNamara for taking these sneak preview shots!
I've started working on the album artwork itself but I can't give anything away just yet ;)
Last weekend I also recorded saxophone on two songs thanks to Paul Evoskevich. He totally killed both tunes and made me wish I had written saxophone parts for every song! He also gave me a unique opportunity that I had yet to face as an engineer: working with a (very) professional musician. The second he stepped into the studio he was ready to play his heart out and give me the takes I needed. He even improvised a bit which was really spectacular.
Throughout the week I did a lot of editing work, the usual, and yesterday I had one of my most fun sessions yet. I recorded Nick on upright and electric bass while I played some rhodes and toy piano. It was really engaging to improvise parts into my songs in order to fill gaps. I still want to do a lot of synth works to make my mixes sound really full but I want to use as many acoustic instruments as I see fit before delving into the electronic instruments realm.
Thanks Nick's dad for taking this video of the session!
That's all for this week, subscribe to my mailing list and you'll receive an extra preview from the photoshoot in the next few days!
What I've been listening to this week: "5 am" by Russel the Leaf