This past week reminded us why we love working in the music industry at Cosher Recording Studios. New clients, old friends, good memories and some magic being produced were the ingredients for a successful week.
It started off with our long-term client and friend, P S Quint, teaming up with one of our relatively new clients, Monk Chief, on a single. Both are hugely talented with big personalities but the chemistry between the two was really special. Production on the beat took place in the morning with influences from the artists and our sound engineer and producer, Colin Sher. Once the beat and idea were created, both P S Quint and Monk Chief worked on their lyrics and flow, both bouncing off each other for ideas before they entered the vocal booth to record their vocals. After a few takes, Colin Sher did some sound engineering work and adjustments to make it sound just right for our artists. Some more synths and sounds will be produced and added to the melody before Colin doesthe final mix and master on the track next week.
The next day, P S quint came into the recording studio to work on his own project. It was a relaxed but extremely productive day. He has been working on this single for a long time in the studio and it finally was provisionally completed. Some more vocals and ad-lips were re-recorded in the vocal booth while the sound engineer did some extra work and final tweaks. The final mix and master was done shortly afterwards on the track and at the end of the day our client was extremely satisfied with our services, especially on the vocal production side. The day ended off with members of the CCFM Radio Station coming in to record an interview series in the vocal booth called Word on the Go. This was an interesting session with 5 people in the vocal booth at once.
On Wednesday, Monk Chief came into the studio to start his own project with our producer. Our client had already produced a simple beat previously before, but the beat was then transformed into an amazingly complex song with an uplifting melody and many classical musical instruments. He then went into the vocal booth to record some singing and ad-lips. This is where Monk Chief is extremely talented. Without any lyrics written down, he simply goes into the booth and sings free-style of the top of his head. The end result is incredible! Both our client and producer were satisfied with the work the had down so they ended off the day on a positive note.
The members and organizers of We Love Summer (a massive house music festival which happens during the summer months of Cape Town) have recently started to come into the studio on a regular basis to produce house music and play it at these festivals. The two brothers of the group have formed up to be called ‘BROTHER’, while the other member of the We Love Summer crew has teamed up with our very own sound engineer and producer, Colin Sher, to be called ‘SEGA’. Together, Brother and SEGA work on producing heavy bass house tracks. Ideas are thrown across the room, heated discussions take place over the smallest detail, jokes are shared, but most importantly amazing music is created. It’s all about the process and we love it. From these sessions, we really have started to understand our clients’ needs and purpose which will only positively help us with future clients. At the end of the day, after final mix and master, two solid tracks were finished and ready for the music festival. We are excited to see them being dropped on the dance floor 🙂
After a very satisfying and productive day with Monk Chief, the continuity continued in the studio the next day. A few lyrics were scrapped and re-recorded and our sound engineer tweaked a few sounds and vocals. Monk Chief did a few takes in the vocal booth and after reviewing all the different versions we finally came up with a song with great structure, melody, lyrics and vocals. Final mix and master was done and we had a very happy client. After the session Monk Chief decided to stay with us in the studio and hang out. This is another benefit of working in this industry, you meet different people with different personalities and we always get along with all our clients, the end result is that we are close friends with many of the artists that walk into our doors. We feel our recording studios location, the relaxing and comfortable working environment and our genuinely friendly staff all appeal to musical artists who want to feel like they are at home while still producing amazing quality songs and music.
Robert Stone (Robert Steiner) is one our long-term clients who is placed in a completely different genre to many of our other clients. This spices things up a little bit for our producer who finds it interesting and refreshing to work with. The usual process involves Robert bringing in lyrics and a melody to the studio with only one or two instruments being recorded. the genre is ‘easy listening’ or contemporary pop, so our sound engineer during the music production phase adds many classical instruments and drums to the song. Once the beat is created, Robert then goes into the vocal booth to record his singing. Final mix and master is done at the end of the session. These sessions are enjoyable as Robert is easy going but at the same highly professional and productive.
The week ended off with the one and only Ras Kerry. Ras has been coming into the studio once a week for the last 8 weeks to produce an album. He is a highly talented and interesting artist who is influenced by rock, reggae and hip-hop. He comes in the whole day and has an interesting relationship with our sound engineer and producer. The chemistry is simply amazing during music production. All he comes with is his electric guitar and the rest is created in the studio. First Our Producer and Ras work together on a simple beat. Then, they work on a melody and at the same time, Ras is preparing his lyrics and flow. Our music producer then adds in instruments such as an acoustic guitar, a violin and a piano. Ras then records his singing or rapping in the vocal booth and after this step, they both work together on the song to make sure everything is perfect and up to our clients’ standard. It is always a great atmosphere in the studio when Ras is here and all of his songs are unique and interesting with a high standard of quality in terms of music production. We can’t wait for his album to be completed, watch out for Ras Kerry in the future!