You may or may not know, I’m going into the studio to record my first professional EP. I’m really, really, REALLY excited! I decided I’d like to blog about the process as it’s happening.
I feel like I’m finally at a point in life, where I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’m aware of who I am, and I know what I want. For me, that has changed my song-writing 100%. There are many ways a song starts to formulate in my head. I can see something, someone, hear something that triggers words in my mind. It always starts with words. As I evolve as a writer and a person, I’m sure that could change. However, I’ve been pretty much on the same path since I was little. I can remember my first song at age 5, “Who’s Going to let the Bad Boys Out” (don’t ask, I don’t know either..). My mind moves a mile a minute and I’m constantly thinking and observing. After I get an idea for the words, I sing it out loud until I get a melody I like. I usually do this in my car and fellow drivers probably think I’m NUTS, but who cares! Once the melody is picked, I decide if it’s strong enough to be a chorus or is it a verse? I build the song from that point out.
Voice-memos on my iPhone, is my best friend. I record whatever craziness is happening in my head and I send it to my producer, Aaron Andersen. I like Aaron because he’s honest with me. There’s so much coming out of my head and I’m sending him so much that some is good and useable and other stuff is scratch. Aaron’s best advice to me and any artist he’s working with? JUST KEEP WRITING! He likes a song I’ve picked! Yay! We meet in the studio to map out a rough idea of what we want the track to sound like.
Mapping out a song may sound like an easy task, but for a ROUGH, very rough cut of this first song, we sat and went over it for three hours. Aaron asks me where my sound comes, what artist inspired me for this particular track. My answer? No one. I’m not sure he understood my answer, but to be honest, I didn’t even understand my own answer. All I know is, I want to remain as organic and true to my process and myself and not try and shadow a previous built career in music. I’m still molding my “sound.” With a rough track and some lyric changes to be made, I’m confident this will be a bad ass song when it’s done. Building a song is like layers of a cake, we just keep adding and layering tracks and ideas until you get a beautiful, edible project that started from absolutely nothing. I can’t wait to tell you more about it!
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