As we explored and developed our style of funk we found ourselves adding more and more vocals in the songs, either as choral harmonies, or as counterpoint. This is of course characteristic of the styles that funk originated from, i.e. Soul and Gospel.It was only natural that we would include more singers into the project, in order to increase the variety of voices and achieve rich textures in the vocals.
With the core band finished, the next step was to record the other musicians in the extended line-up, starting with the horn section. Though typically a five-piece band, over the years we have been increasing our numbers, inviting additional musicians to our performances. We're very excited to hear how the horn section will complement the core band, at times carrying the hooks, and other times playing counterpart melodies and harmonies.
The tracks from all the core band members had been recorded, and it was now my turn to lay down the vocals. Four days had been allocated for vocal tracking and I was raring to go. The lyrics for the songs had already been written throughout the months of songwriting and pre-production, so I was focused and well-prepared.
Guitars were up next. This album with Relikc, led me to focus on reproducing iconic funk tones as well as classic crunch sounds. In fact, the recording rig comprised of various vintage gear as well as a number of current tools and gadgets. The overall workflow was very smooth throughout the recording process, and of course enjoyable.
Next up was keyboards. Once more, this proved to be quite the speed run. The keyboard tracks for 10 songs were recorded in one day, making it quite an intense session. Over the years I have assembled a small collection of keyboards, most of which managed to feature in some way in the recorded tracks.
Next member to lock himself up in the studio was Ivan. Following three intense days of drum tracking, it was now time to lay down the bass tracks. The pressure was on. Completing the bass tracking for an album in just two sessions was not an easy feat, but our producer Kenny was there to guide me throughout the process, closing off the foundation of the album's groove section.
We kicked off the recording process with drums. Prior to the actual recording, Kenny our producer spent a whole day setting up the live room, changing drum skins and positioning microphones. I really liked this particular combination of drums, as even in the room, they have a great overall balance. Right off the bat, we knew that the drums were going to sound GREAT.
You could say that this album is long over-due. The band has been active for almost ten years, and an album has been on our wishlist since the very beginning. Over the years, we've released a number of singles, as well as an EP titled "It's Not Misspelt". For the majority of 2016, we've gigged our hardest, whilst also finding time to write some songs. Following a month of pre-production in collaboration with Kenny D'Ugo from Beehive Productions as our producer, we're ready to kick off the recording phase at Jubox Recording House. As we do with our live acts, we are excited to have a sizable crew of friends and musicians helping us out, and will feature throughout the songs.