So you’ve got this awesome song in your head and now you’re read to begin collaborating in the recording studio with a producer. With an array of electronic sounds and samples submerged in what I’ll call a “midi-sphere” of technology, how do you get the song in your head realized? Patience…Communication…or all of the above? Even if you speak the same language with your producer or whomever you are collaborating with, those words don’t always mean the same thing to the other person. Here are some helpful hints in collaborating through the creative process:
•Provide examples – Find some tracks that embody the ambiance or feel of the song you are recording. Have them ready, whether they are clips in MP3’s you can shoot off in an email, or to play off your iPhone or iPad in the studio. Remember, time is money.
•Have an open mind – Let’s face it. Not all of our ideas are good ones even if it sounds like they are in our head. Trust the person you’re collaborating with. Be willing to go with their suggestions, maybe even more times than your own. You did hire them or ask them to work with you right?
•Be encouraging – I can’t speak for everybody, but I personally don’t want to just be told everything wrong with a song or an idea. That being said, give positive feedback in addition to areas in the track you don’t like. They’ll appreciate the praise and know that you believe in their creativity in the areas that require redirection. Anything you don’t like I’m willing to bet because of your encouraging persona, they’ll really want to work with you to fix it.
•Hear the big picture while working out the details – Remember it’s a process. Many elements are most likely missing at this point which needs to be taken into consideration. Tacks are a layer upon layer of loops, sounds and instrumentation. Not to mention levels, dynamics and mixing are all in the later stage of birthing a solid track. Base your decisions in the creative process hearing the big picture and catch the vision as a whole and not in part. And lastly…
•Be thankful – I mean you’re in the studio! You’re birthing new songs! It’s exciting. A thankful heart keeps the focus and directs your attention towards what matters. It also keeps attitudes in check and changes the atmosphere for the positive.
As for the “Overtaken” project – it is going really well. Track 1 & 2 are almost completely mixed and ready for mastering. We’ll be starting Track 3 very soon. I can’t wait to hear how it all comes together. I’ve been blessed with an awesome studio to work with, an awesome producer, and above all an awesome God who guides me the entire way. If you have any specific questions I can help with, feel free to post a comment. You can follow me on twitter @MusicByTeresa or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MusicByTeresa
God bless you richly,