I sat down in the studio with guitarist Joel Svensson last Thursday to mix a few tracks that Erik Errka Petersson recorded for him recently. The music was jazz standards played by a fantastic quartet consisting of Joel, bassist Tom Eddye Norden, drummer Karl-Henrik Ousbäck and pianist Torbjörn Gulz. Joel has uploaded three of the tracks to his YouTube channel, check out this one:
Fifth House (J.Coltrane) on YouTube
Friday marked the beginning of the recording sessions for the new Anton Näslund EP. We cut bass and drums live in the studio and smoothly worked our way through three tracks. Drummer Alexander Carlberg brought in his kit from his own studio, which really helped the sound of the recording. The kit sounded tight and bright and should fit this EP perfectly. We had an awesome selection of mics for it as well, with a pair of Schoeps Colette in narrow ORTF stereo as overheads and a pair of AKG C414’s in Blumlein stereo as room mics. Well, you know it’s good when you can afford to put a Neumann on hi-hat… I brought in a couple of basses for the session and recorded them direct through my Radial J48 DI, which always sounds bright and big. I ended up playing my Epiphone Allen Woody Rumblekat bass on two tracks, and my Bravewood fretless jazz bass on one track. It was fun to try out different basses for different tracks, maybe next time I’ll bring a few more!
So, the single “The City Of You” has been out for a week! These were the first blogs to catch on:
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Had a pretty busy week mixing and rehearsing, and sorting out my application for a Master of Arts program in Music Production! Mixing-wise, I sort of finished the mix of “SPF 25”, at least for now, and started working on another track off the Sagan Om Alltings Förträfflighet album, called “Dötid”. I revisited the Jean and the Mean Machine album, and I will spend a few more hours on it next week, before sending mixes to the band. The songwriting sessions with Bella Sohlberg and Gustav Löfstrand continued to be fruitful, and we’re planning to shoot a live session sometime in April or May. I also rehearsed with Anton Näslund and the band is starting to sound really good and together. Anton has written some new songs, and they’re all really good. It’ll be fun recording them soon!
This week has started out pretty busy with rehearsals, mixing at home and a big band recording in the big studio. Monday marked the first rehearsal/songwriting jam of the year with Bella Sohlberg and Gustav Löfstrand. We’ve started a new group together that is yet to be named. We’ll focus on writing a lot of new material during the first half of 2014, and then hopefully play some shows in the second half. Tuesday marked this year’s first rehearsal with Anton Näslund, who brought in a couple of new songs which we (the band) tried to arrange and play. Anton plans on recording three new songs in the next couple of months, so there will be a few more rehearsals before moving into the studio.
Last night I assisted a big band recording in KMH’s (Royal College of Music) Studio 1 and got to sit behind the magnificent SSL Duality desk and hit record/stop and push some faders. Pretty easy task and quite enjoyable hearing the thirteen-piece brass section coming out of the speakers. In between doing all of this the last few days, I’ve also spent some time at home mixing the upcoming debut Sagan Om Alltings Förträfflighet single “SPF 25”. I’m already quite pleased with what I’m hearing, but I’m going to work on it in a few more studios before I know I’ve got it down.