Music Collaboration: Recording Dizzy Songwriter’s “Hey”

When you’re a musician, recording is another beast that is as fun doing as a live performance. It allows you to find your creativity and let it flow through the sessions. Comparing the two, I would prefer recording since you can have multiple takes if you commit some mistakes along the way.

But what if you’re set to record in a studio and on that day of schedule, you have no particular song which one to record and you don’t even know the parts yet. It’s going to be a hassle and may be a mess as you’ll consider both the studio time and your budget.

This session I did with Dizzy Songwriter aka Deo Cruz of Crude Oz last February at Banana Rising Studio in Ayala, Alabang pretty much had all these and the challenging part was how to execute it in a few hours. Another problem was we had no drummer to guide the tracks, well it’s kinda hard to record without the beat as the timing might not sync in. Good thing we’re meeting a good ol’ friend whose a drummer (Crude Oz v1) so we asked if he could sit in.

Now the hard part, which of the songs should be recorded. After settling on one, we rehearsed a bit since the drummer don’t know the song yet and I had to familiarize it again as we moved to different keys.As soon as we knew the parts, I plugged the guitars straight in the amp, and record!

As it turned out, it’s like magic, we were able to pull it off, one song down! And we did it in just 2 1/2 hrs. excluding the mix. These what made the song so cool to record, anything goes!

Here’s a vid of the session shot by Paolo Vivas.

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Songwriters Philippines

Started in 2008 by former Katha members upon its demise, Songwriters Philippines was formed to help all the amateur songwriters to hone their skills and to learn the know hows through its workshops being conducted by professional songwriters. In showcasing their talents, the group has organized an event called Songwriters Night, first held at 9Mile Bar, with the songwriters performing their own works while others who can’t have brought in interpreters to perform their songs.

From then on, Songwriters Night got a home in Conspiracy Cafe. The event is held every third Monday of the month, a laid back acoustical jam session set-up featuring talented amateur singer/songwriters. Some well renowned artists from other parts of the country had dropped by and had performed there also. With its kind of setting, it’s like an MTV Unplugged meets VH1 Storytellers kind of thing, with performers doing their originals in acoustic format and telling the audiences what inspired them to write that song and what it’s all about.

Photos by Aba Lluch Dalena, Mency Atienza, Kuya Kurt, Marvin Bea, Doni Brooks Jr.

Some of the performances caught at TEN02

Photos by Allen Alesna, Mark Dy, Paolo Vivas

At present, aside from its regular schedules at Conspiracy Cafe, Songwriters Night has gone Tuesdays and also at the last Monday of the Month, this time at Mag:net Katipunan.

Photos by Andrew Harder, Aba Lluch dalena, Ansyl Cadag

The event is open to all performing and non-performing songwriters. Log on to for more info.