In our penultimate entry to our mini series "The Code of Antics", we discuss our relationship with Kenny D'Ugo from Beehive Productions who produced and mixed the album at our resident studio at Jubox Recording House. Whilst being an awesome producer and engineer, Kenny was also a mentor and friend who guided us during the recording process, but also during the earlier stages of song writing and arranging. Watch until the very end for a sneak peek of our first single from the album to be released very soon!
We're back with the next instalment in our miniseries, Episode 5! In this episode we discuss one of the most important factors of being in the band, that is a love for live performances. It's what we enjoy doing most and what we do best!
Episode 4 of The Code of Antics Mini Series is here! In this episode, we continue learning more about the members, completing the list with Joseph, Ivan and Luke! "The Code of Antics" is Relikc's debut album and will be released all over the interwebz on the 21st July 2017! Please like and subscribe to stay updated, and visit our website www.relikc.com to learn about the band and our music.
The third episode in our mini series titled "The Code of Antics" presents two members of the band, Keith and Lesnich. Learn more about our singer and drummer, their personalities, and their role within the band. "The Code of Antics" is Relikc's debut album and will be released all over the interwebz on the 21st July 2017! Please like and subscribe to stay updated, and visit our website www.relikc.com to learn about the band and our music.
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.
The second instalment in our mini series titled "The Code of Antics"! In this episode we discuss the album title, its inception, as well as what it represents. Our hope is to give you guys a closer look at who we are and why we love doing what we do. Enjoy, and stay tuned! "The Code of Antics" is Relikc's debut album and will be released all over the interwebz on the 21st July 2017! Please like and subscribe to stay updated, and visit our website www.relikc.com to learn about the band and our music.
The first in a series of episodes describing our journey as a band through the years, and throughout the process of writing and recording our debut album 'The Code of Antics', which will be released in summer 2017! Our hope is to give you guys a closer look at who we are and why we love doing what we do. Enjoy and stay tuned!
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.