Hello, again. Well for the last few days of Autumn I am in Edmonton, AB working with my good friend, Phil Anderson engineering while I produce and mix Victor DeSousa’s latest project which we started during the Masterclass I gave at Victoria School For The Arts last weekend. Fitting that Victor would be working during this workshop on engineering and the history of recorded music for two classes from Victoria School. Actually the classes took place at PowerSound Studio near the school! And now we are overdubbing.
The third quarter of 2013 has been busy with work in the U.S.A.. MJ and I travelled to California and Pacific Palisades to record the latest project for our friends Michael Lee Jackson, guitarist and song-writer extraordinaire, who has toured the globe in his band, Animal Planet, toured extensively as the creative director and band-leader for Ian Gillan’s solo projects for the past 10 plus years, and who continues to write and place spots for UFC and films. After two weeks in the warm and delightfully sunny seaside studio Michael has near Malibu, we successfully completed all instrumental recording for Michael’s full album and we headed south.
We are so blessed to be working with our great friends. Thank you Michael for everything. Keep those lead vocals coming!
This summer I’ve been working on the co-production of a new 4-song EP project, ALLOTROPE INVERTED with the lads: James and Christian Gould, Adam Gorka, Patrick Brown and Jackson Dorie. I am seldom impressed, but the level of preparedness these lads brought to our sessions was a cut above. So we started in July and August with the first third of the album. As the EP released August 23rd, we began a new phase of the project and completed 5 new tracks a few weeks ago. Again they came focused, prepared. Great work girls!
I really like this sectional approach for artists. They don’t feel nearly as overwhelmed with the sheer volume of material they need ready. Doing an album’s worth of recording at one time is great if you’re a touring band working on the new songs every day, but given the facts for most bands, this makes excellent sense.
What I’m doing in these next few posts is gathering and disseminating what I’ve been working on over the past few years. Catching up, sharing links to the artists I’ve worked with since 2010.
I may not have included you all in individual posts so here goes:
Alexisonfire Protest The Hero Snoop Dogg Ian Gillan The Sheepdogs OB Monster Truck Black Lungs Ill Scarlet Anatol Kobra and the Lotus Stone River Modern Miniatures Crossley Hunter Marcio Novelli Flood The Sun 1220 Blast The Bombsters Jasper The Crystal Kage
Mike Fleming Rita DeGhent Sara London The Breaking Wind Backbeat Nation Nokwa Varga Weekend Riot Club
Santee Smith Susuriwka Sue Leonard Parkdale Hookers Steve Foster Allotrope The Bombsters Michael Theodore Tommy Z Rik Ganju Mark Dawm.
And for the July 1st weekend our dear and talented friend, Marion Law https://myspace.com/marionlaw visited from er home in San Diego, CA. We had a magical weekend and during it all I recorded., mixed and mastered four new tracks for Marion. Beautiful writing, well played and sung and they sound wonderful! A simple recording designed to create maximum output in little time, we recorded the guitar first and then added the vocal to each track as we proceeded. If we’d have recorded them together, the vocal could have been fabulous and the vocal might not have been what she wanted. fingers get weary before voices usually, so this way multiple vocal takes avoided redoing the guitar tracks. Marion was well rehearsed both lyrically and instrumentally. And what a sense of humour she infuses her songs with. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, Marion.
But wait, we’re coming to you in October to complete this delicate project. We’ll be a Capricorn Studios in San Diego and thank you, Marion and Shane, for bringing us down from L.A. to hang and record the rest of your album. It is so long overdue. We can hardly wait to be there with you both.
Well I have some editing and am mixing all of Tim Tyler’s latest project. Tim hails from London, Ontario. He’s a great singer and I am enjoying this album very much. Well that’s in the can and Tim is pleased. CD Release Party is November 2nd, 2013 at SMokin’ Bones at t he Raddison Hotel on Wellington St. London, ON. See you then, Tim. Thanks
I’ve been mastering for almost 20 years now and in that time I’m sure I’ve mastered perhaps tens of thousands of tracks. I spent over 14 years mastering exclusively for Metalworks. Then, when I was hired as the Chief Engineer for Jukasa Studios, I mastered while there for 2.5 years along with my other engineering duties. Now producing, recording, mixing and mastering at my home studio in Caledonia, Ontario since November 2012, I’m enjoying the freedom of being able to professionally master at home and/or at Metalworks, once again. My mastering rate is very competetive. The results are industry standard. So wherever you are you can send me your newest musical files and I can mix/remix/master them reasonably and reliably. I don’t charge for tweaking unless you get ridiculous. Cheers!
So this father’s day weekend Nick mixed ANDREAS www.andreasband.com. The new 5-song EP was created in a home studio, mixed and mastered here and will be posted with the next 14 days. Fine choice for a mixer people. Thanks very much! We had a blast! Too much laughter, though!
ANDREAS is Jennifer Lockman, Brian Dahl, Jason Brandow and Adam Payne. We even made time for the closing hole of the U.S. Open amongst yesterday’s refining process of mixes. ANDREAS have written Great tracks made that much better, in my humble opinion, by the inclusion of the keyboards and female harmonies.
Jennifer wrote: “I am still buzzing this morning from this past weekend. I was with my comrades Brian and Jay, mixing the Andreas EP at Nick Blagona‘s Studio: https://www.facebook.com/PsychotropicStudios?fref=ts
What an incredible man! He is so generous with his time and knowledge and just a joy to work with. I feel so lucky to have met him and his partner in crime, Mary-Jane Russell. She was a gracious host and made us feel incredibly welcome. Thank you!
We are fired up to share the EP with everyone! It sounds fantastic and we will of course be having a release party this summer. Details will be posted soon…”
Andreas has a show on 2013-03-02 at 19:00 @ Artword Artbar in Hamilton, ON
So, winner of many Jazz and Urban Jazz Awards in Canada and abroad, BROWNMAN is bringing his next ELECTRYC TRIO project to me to mix to start off our summer here at Psychotropic Studios. I’m thrilled to have Brown here. http://www.brownman.com/, in preparation for his upcoming CD Release evenings in Toronto.
BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO Electric Jazz Trio National Jazz Award winners “Electric Jazz Group of the Year”
This is the third album I will have mixed for Brownman Ali and it’s always a groove working with the Man.
“ One of the next voices in the new generation of jazz improvisors“ – Randy Brecker, multi-Grammy winning jazz trumpet legend
“ Remarkable writing and burning energy coming out of this young trumpet player“ – John Scofield, multi-Grammy winning jazz guitar icon
“ … a truly gifted improviser with an original creative voice…“ – Gary Bartz, saxophonist with Miles Davis
“ … uniquely creative and fearless – like a young Miles Davis“ – Guru, legendary hip-hop icon from Gangstarr/Jazzmatazz fame
“ Energy is never in short supply in Brownman Ali’s world. This Toronto/Trinidadian trumpeter loves skipping from style to style almost as much as he digs mixing it up with the jazz elite“ – NOW magazine, Toronto (cover story)