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.