Lyndon Wesley is a freelance producer, guitarist and songwriter, collaborating with artists on their music from inception to finished works. Lyndon’s unique understanding of how a song connects with the listener has made him the go-to-guy for artist development at Songbird Productions and Bounce Recording Studios in Melbourne.
The concept of an artist being ‘true to themselves’ is never more apparent than during the moment an idea is birthed. When an unspoken musical notion is materialising right here in the room, it’s exciting for everyone. As songwriters, if you can get it right early, then you’re half way to creating something of real significance. The art of writing and rewriting is often a journey of self discovery. Embrace it. When you allow time for your thoughts to distil, the colours and voices in your head begin to breath. That’s when the burden once placed on your heart becomes a gift for everyone.
So honour your gift and create something uniquely you for the world.
He’s back! Ken, the mind behind Wantaways is in the studio creating a new album. If you’re not familiar with the Wantaways work, check out the official video for Backs Are Breaking which has a crazy amount of views on YouTube. It may be early days, however the new batch of songs are as raw and honest as previous offerings and I’m real keen to hear how they develop as time goes on.
I’ve been messing around with IRs this week. Again.
In particular, guitar cabinet IRs (Impulse Responses) Basically the recorded behaviors of guitar speakers, cabinets and microphones are captured as algorithms and saved as files which can be loaded into software inside a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
Read this article if you feel like nerding up on this even more!
So far the testing is promising. I am able to achieve some incredibly great sounds while retaining all the tone from my pickups with the feel of my tube amp. If all goes according to plan, I’ll soon be able to crank up any amplifier and run it into my studio computer through various ‘virtual’ cabs. With a few mouse clicks I can now recreate my guitar sound through microphones, speakers and cabinets I don’t own!
What does this all mean? Well even if I did own loads of cabinets and microphones I’m generally not afforded the time to record a guitar track, then physically change mics and cabs for the second or third or fourth guitar parts. It’s just not practical.
The other great thing about using IRs is that they can be changed and swapped out after a track has been recorded. Very handy when mixing the song.
So there you have it. Everything you never wanted to know about Impulse Responses!
Last week I started working with an artist who was a finalist on The Voice a couple of years ago. He had no bag, no folders or notebooks. Just keys and a phone. And he was super excited to be in the studio, finally getting all the music and ideas ‘out of his head’ and onto ‘tape’. I was just pumped to be a part of his next chapter.
As he began singing against the piano track he had just laid down, I was moved by what I was hearing. It wasn’t the words, but it was. It wasn’t the melody, but it was. It wasn’t the tone of his voice, but it was. It wasn’t all of those things or any one of those things. In that moment what I heard was soul. Not soul music. Soul. I heard a man’s soul, setting the singer free. It was beautiful and I felt privileged to be a part of that moment.
He walked in with nothing but left a massive impact on me, a reminder of why I do what I do.
Daniel Shaw is an Australian singer, songwriter and musician releasing his first single in 2009 and in 2011 released a full album of original songs. Daniel toured with his album in 2011 in the USA, Canada and in Europe enjoying radio air play, TV and press coverage.
Daniel has been working hard for a long time and it shows. His latest songs are melodic, big and very memorable. They have been honed on the streets of Melbourne, Australia where Daniel has been busking for the best part of a decade. It has been fantastic working with Dan over the past couple of months. His piano playing is effortless and perfect for his style of piano based pop which at times sounds like Chris Martin couldn’t make a Coldplay gig so the band got James Blunt to fill in. I’m really looking forward to this one. So far so good.