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