Well I have finally gone into the studio to record my debut solo album. I know I have talked about this but, let me tell you it is nothing like one would expect. First there is a definite difference in recording a solo for someone, and having to micro-manage every aspect of every song. Having to worry of the drum loop is right or do I need to go and add live drums to this song. But, all-in-all, it is awesome, because what makes it so frustrating also makes it so rewarding.
Today we started recording an original I have called “Master J” this song is a fusion between funk and Latin. I wanted to do this as I want to make sure every song reveals a little about me. Though the overall groove will be funk driven, it will also reflect some songs that formed me in church as a child and the various styles of music that I was so fond of growing up, from my brothers Santana and Earth Wind and Fire albums to the big band music from school. The overall goal is that if you the listener actually listen to all the songs you will actually have a feel for me as a musician and the music that made me who I am today.
Another aspect about studio playing is that every flaw in you playing is there for everyone to hear and as such I have become hyper-critical of my tone style and I hope that by the end of this project it will make me an even better musician. Because of this I will be doing some lessons on how to best record horns to ensure a quality product.
Well I still have one more studio session tomorrow and hope to complete two songs. So I will leave this entry with this; Nothing is as simple as it sounds.