Monday, November 28, 2005

Someone said more focus "In Training" and less "Diva"

Alright Ladies and Gentlemen, I am doing this post against my better judgement. And the entirety of this little rant is my disclaimer:

In a previous post, I ranted about my disappointment from this past weekend with my producers. One particular track, Aint Gonna Cry, I mentioned, was recorded in August and was just mixed in the past two weeks. I also expressed how upset I was with the outcome of the track. I realize that I may have prematurely spoken about the situation. I am a perfectionist. But I am also nearsighted in that I can envision the future, but I can often be blinded by circumstances in the now. As a result, I was unable to see that at this point in my career very little will be perfect. Just the other day, I ran into one of Erica Wright's (read E. Badu) first demos. It was not the E were all came to know and love (and was mos def before a good vocal coach). Nonetheless, it illustrates to me that I need to get over my pity party-tantrum antics and move one. Do better next time. Share gotdamit!

Ain't Gonna Cry
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Before you listen, please read the following:
I have compiled a list of the thing that I am going to change about the track. This is not the final version

1. Re-record the lead vocals.

this was my first recording for this project and actually the first time i recorded in several years. being a recording artists is different from singing live, it's an art - so i need to step my weight up. I've gotten better since August.

2. Re-record in a better environment

we recored this track in his frat house in the summer. DJ OK and his partner Hillsyde are almost finished building their studio in Santa Monica, so we should be in there next week to get a better sound quality.

3. Re-record with better equipment

a better microphone will be key to the sound quality of the vocals. the new studio will also have an industry standard mixing board with real physical faders and inputs and pre-amps and all that stuff. also, it will have more tracks to do a better mix between the vocals and the track (you'll notice one the song when you hear it).

Finally, this blog is supposed to be about me sharing with you the journey that I am taking into this industry. To not share the song is to not share this experience. In return, I would like your honest feedback.

*I won't be offended - I promise*


Blogger nosthegametoo said...

Good luck to you on your musical journey. Hope to see you at the top so I can tell my friends I commented on your blog way back when.

Peace and Love.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous ms. maybelline said...

I think the lyrical content could be a be matched with a more uptempo beat - almost like a club beat. Not sure if you have considered that before.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous M M said...

On this track the vocals sound like you're competing with the music. But I dig the song, it really bumps. :) Thanks for posting it.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lyrics are on point...for some reason i don't like the drums...they don't seem to go with something...either they dont fit with what the strings are doing or what the vocals are doing...especially when the drums do the multiple beat thingy at the end of each 4 measures. i agree that there needs to be a better mix and change up some things on the lead vocals...i dont think you have a limited range (as someone else stated) just need to work the range you have more...each verse only has very slight differences and you could do a bit more with em...i really like the bridge but my advice is the same for the vocals there too...alot of the same notes being done...and we gotta hang out soon

--jama bama

7:30 AM  
Blogger Elle B. said...

Thanks for all the comments so far.

Ms Maybelline: I think the track needs to change up a little between the chorus and the verses to give the song some more texture - I love the beat of this track. But mos def it could be more hype in some aspects.

MM: Yeah, it's all about the mixing, which is one of the major problems I have with how it came out. I am glad you did the song.

Jamz: Thanks chica, I worked long and hard on the lyrics of the song - it was my first song written for this project...I am up to 8 now. But in terms of the note choices, I agree I need to step out of my comfort zone more and keep it interesting, because by the time I get to the third verse, it's the same thing and it's not exciting anymore.

All great comments. Thank you so much for taking the time to llisten and tell me how you feel.


9:14 AM  

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