Top Lessons I Learned from my EP

As you’ve probably heard, I released my new EP last week. It’s called You Never Let Me Go. I hope you’ve had a chance to listen. If so, please let me know what you think! I’d love to hear from you. Today, I want to reflect on my Top Lessons that I learned during the production […]

The One Word We All Fear

Networking. As home studio artists, we’re used to doing stuff by ourselves. We practice our instruments. We learn how to record and mix. We work on projects. But generally, we’re not that good at getting other people involved in the process. I’m no exception. I released an EP last year. All of the parts were recorded […]

How To Record Huge Electric Guitars

When recording electric guitars, less is often more. For a typical rock song, we’re often aiming to get a nice big guitar sound. We want it to sound huge, and in-your-face. As a result, we’re tempted to double everything, layer a ton of parts together, and crank the gain way up to get a nice […]

How Being Subtle Can Make A Bigger Impact

In various stages of the music production process, subtlety is key. This is especially true in mixing. Sometimes we make mixing moves that have drastic effects, but more often than not, mixing moves tend to be pretty subtle. Eventually, of course, these subtle moves add up to create drastic changes. This is the beauty of mixing. It’s […]

How to Prepare Your Voice for Recording

I’m just finishing up recording for my EP. The last thing that I like to record is vocals. I sing all the vocals myself, and I like having all the other instruments blaring in my headphones to give me a nice musical environment to sing in. There is a lot of information out there about […]

The P/PC Balance of Effectiveness in the Studio

In his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey introduces what he calls the “P/PC Balance”. “P” stands for “Production”, and “PC” stands for “Production Capability”. As an example to understand this balance, consider a large piece of machinery at a car factory. (I’m going to tie this back into creating music soon, […]

5 Things To Do Before Starting Your EP

If you’ve been following Indie Artist Lounge for a little while, you probably know that I’ve been working on an EP. I think an EP is a great project for home studio artists. An EP is like a mini-album, and usually doesn’t have too many songs. This means that it doesn’t take as much time […]