Upon hearing rumors that I had been working hard to wrap up an album project for December release, I decided to sit down with myself for an interview. Here are all the facts for our loyal Linescratchers readers.
Does your album project have a general theme?
To me, these are guitar-driven songs about life. They are real, they are raw, and they are relevant. That’s pretty much the theme of the project.
Continue reading “An Interview With Myself – Matt Mylroie”
Colby Miller wants the internet to hire him to write, perform, record, produce, and release his next album. He’s using kickstarter to fund his next album and needs donations and preorders to make it just so. You could say that it’s a fair request since he has given away everything he’s ever recorded away for free: 2 EPs and a full-length LP last year, and various covers and demos this year. Or you could do what the business world does, and grill him for a while before giving him the job. Since it’s spring, I opted to grill. Because he is a gentleman and smart job seeker, Colby wore his interview-best. Ladies and gentlemen of the hiring board: I give you Colby Miller. Continue reading “You’re a label mogul. Will you hire Colby Miller?”
I just got an email from an official rep of Cove Reber about his new studio:
Cove is looking for bands to produce. His philosophy is to aid other artists in getting their music out there. he feels as if his experience in the major label music scene left a bad taste in his mouth, and wants to help others experience a more favorable reaction, by helping them create the vision they have for their record.
If you want to get some info about Cove Reber producing your record, you can contact The Spot Music, at 877-496-5169. You’ll be directed to the booking manager, who will answer any questions you have, and handle all the details. You’re also welcome to email The Spot Music @ : firstname.lastname@example.org. However we would prefer you call, and inquire.
The Spot Music
This is a great opportunity for all of us, because Cove Reber, who has seen a lot of the ups and downs of the music industry, is willing to extend a helping hand to musicians who want to work with him at his studio. If you’re interested, call the number and find out if it’s right for you.
Need a guitarist or songwriting collaborator?
You may not have ever heard of Bill Dent, but if you’ve worked with him, you’ll never forget him. Bill is truly one of the more talented people I’ve ever had the chance to work with. I’ve been around a lot of amazing guitarists, and can attest that not only is he a great guitarist, he is a great musician – something many guitarists sadly lack. He has such a great sensibility about his playing, covering a wide range of styles with ease. He doesn’t settle for “what everyone else is doing”, and isn’t afraid to boldly try new things and push the envelope. When many artists do that, they often end up getting critical acclaim at the expense of offending the masses, but in Bill’s case – he always seems to find just the right balance for each song and project. As a result of this, Bill is an exceptional collaborator – bringing out the best in any song he touches, and any artist he works with. He makes an ordinary chord progression become extraordinary, and a mundane melody become memorable. Continue reading “Bill Dent – Guitarist and Collaborator”
The thought of trying to condense some thoughts on getting the best possible guitar tracks into a single blog entry seemed almost overwhelming! So, I’m covering a few highlights on electric guitars in this installment and will hit on acoustics later. As with past articles, I’ll assume that many of the people reading this are involved in the recording and production of their own albums, and additionally, I’ll assume that there are non-guitarists and beginners reading, so I’ll build this from a basic starting point. Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Electric Guitars!”
Hello again! Continuing in my series highlighting some key points and tips in getting a great production, we continue this time with a quick look at keyboards. I’m sure there are many of us who find a great patch on the keyboard, run the outputs directly into our DAW, and call it a day. But, with just a little more attention, you can take “stock” synths and samples, add your own flavor to them, and then kick ’em up a notch! Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Keys!”
In this latest installment on my series on music production and sound quality, we’ll dive into a discussion on drums. If you are a drummer, please feel free to join this discussion by making comments. While I can bang out a basic pattern or two, I don’t consider myself a drummer. I have, however, worked with a lot of drummers, and have recorded a lot of drum kits covering a pretty wide range of styles and quality. Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Drums”
In my first article of this series I presented contrasting arguments on the importance of production quality, and the appropriateness of various levels/types of productions. From that article, I hope we all came to agreement that many levels of production quality are appropriate, and that ultimately, knowing your audience and reacting to their needs is crucial.
As one of the stated goals of the Linescratchers site is to “raise the bar” of quality for our musical community, I will devote much of my articles in this series to improving the quality of our productions. However, I will also continue to explore ideas related to all levels of production quality. Please keep in mind that these articles are written to appeal to a broad audience and I can’t possibly write specifically to every genre, audience, and situation. I’m just trying to give you some basic principles to consider. Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Start at the Source!”
This is the first of several installments exploring sound and production quality. Upcoming posts will address specific aspects of the production process, and provide suggestions on ways to get the best results. In this post though, we will briefly discuss the question of if production quality really matters, and if so – why? Continue reading “Music Production and Sound Quality: Does it Really Matter?”
Linescratchers welcomes our newest blogger, Matt Mylroie, who is a jack of all trades including recording, engineering, songwriting, producing, and guitar. He studied music at Utah State University and currently lives in Florida. – Syphax
I suspect all of us have had big dreams about the role of music in our lives. However, for many of us, those dreams may seem out of reach. Challenges and obstacles can seem abundant and overwhelming. Do any of these sound familiar?
- I live in an area with no music scene
- I don’t have enough time to develop my talents, play out, record, or promote myself. My job, family, and church callings take all of my time
- Music doesn’t pay the bills
- I’m too old – my opportunity to “make it” has passed me by
- I’m not good enough to be successful
- I can’t afford to record and don’t have the equipment I need to do it myself Continue reading “Excuses, excuses!”