Today, I had Oatmeal with Chia seeds, and soy milk for breakfast. Leftovers on the fridge, for lunch. A RedBull, for snack as well as eating my sisters personal stash of Granola….Ooops!
Anyways, back to the music side of things.
I edited some parts for a song called “The Evil That Men Do”. I`m actually not sure if this is a cover song or what. Being that Chris usually has pretty catchy melodies.
So, I was asked by him to do a couple things through email.
And then I sent off the mix, to him.
Now just to wait for him to respond.
That`s all things bliss for now!
Yes. You heard me right. We also make lyric videos, on request. Today was one of those days.
First off, the bands main singer, asked me to stick lyrics to a certain motor bike picture, which WAS pretty cool. but the lyrics were in Green, as I couldn`t get the lyrics to POP, as the bike had some darker areas.
So he sent me some extra cash for redoing the whole thing from scratch.
Using the above photo.
We will be posting the video onto YouTube soon. The song is from the band, Mother slug`s latest EP called: Mother Slug-Tokyo.
Which was released on our label, Stillbliss Records. Available on all Digital distributors, ie, Amazon, itunes, Spotify, Google play Etc.
It is a solid album, and I highly recommend it anyone into grunge/rock. Total Dope in that area.
Ok! That`s what`s bliss now.
YOU! Yes, YOU! I am talking to you, in first person, while downing a cup-a-joe. I am not the exceptionally busy type of person since running this studio. There are times that I wonder if all the gear I own was or IS worth it.
Sometimes I wonder if selling all my gear and getting a REAL job like driving people or things or just doing something other than the studio thing. You know- Like, Wrapping cables, listening to music in the control; which is NOT a job, I know.
Also making videos for clients, mastering, mixing, and recording the folks who come to this fine place I call a home/studio.
The nice thing about running a studio, you get to meet new faces and learn alot about audio and the many facets of it. Yes sometimes clients bale out on something that took you a grueling couple of days, and then they say, they dont like it, and wont pay you a cent.
But then there are the days where the solid clients who KNOW what work actually goes into working in a studio, and running a recording studio- they pay. And then it makes everything seem right.
Right now, I am just sitting in front of my old Windows Vista PC, with yes, I know, I said it- Coffee. And listening to the latest album from James bay- Electric light.
He is a prolific writer, with “Hold back the river” being one of his famous tunes. I guess you could say that is what makes music so interesting. You get to listen to new albums that you never heard of.
For me, since I don
t have any more friends referring me to albums. I listen to the grammys then I choose in my mind which ones I like, then if they come out with an album, I hand over my hard earned cash from performing as a pastor for weddings.
Music is like a drug for me. After work, or during work, or going to work, I listen to my ipod nano. Which is a joy to play with.
s like a toy to me. Growing up with tapes And then CDs, and then MD
s. And now back to CDs.
I guess CD
s wont be disolving. As buying CD`S is still a thing here in Japan.
And I don`t think that will go away.
And of course there are those LP hoarders.
But I know nothing about LP
s. just CDs, MD`s, and tapes. I grew up in the eighties. So During the VHS and tape era, I guess you could say I grew up in a good era.
Anyways, thanks for listening to me babel on about music. It`s in my blood. And if you follow this blog, with all the people that come to record and do whatever they do to make a noise of make history. You are taking the journey with me. Thank you!
I guess this never touched on our history; More like the history of the format of Music formats
Anyways, best wishes for the fall, then winter that will be coming down upon us soon.
Stay warm, stay happy! And don`t forget, Coffee IS cheaper than redbull or monster!
Today we mastered a track called “Fart Short”. Which is a English version of the Japanese Fart song which Chris asked us to elongate. So that Youtube will pickup the song, so he can profit from the ads.
Chris visited us a couple weeks ago, while he visited Japan. We worked on some mixing of a few of his tunes (as well as recording vocals) that we had on the back burner.
We are still in coherts with Chris Commander/Ekral/Larke. Who has been using us for more than five years ago. He has been using us for mixing, recording, & Mastering.
Today was one of those days. Mastering. He wired us money through Paypal.
We wish you all the success you can get Chris!
We are also looking forward to working more with you in the near future.
We will soon have Alika Arroyo over for recording sometime soon. We are just waiting for his schedule to open up and let us know when he wants to schedule a session with us.
Wishing you both the best for all your musical endeavors.
YOU! Yes you! I don
t know who I`m reaching or who I`m talking to, but here goes with another blissful post.
Today I awoke to many jobs in the studio. First off, it is damn hot right now in Japan, even though things ARE starting to get cooler. Today was hot, so I was able to sit in an air conditioned control room.
We had Chris Larke over for a recording session. Edited some parts for his song`s in the works.
We recorded vocals, edited, with Cakewalk`s Sonar 8.5 Producer edition. Using Waves plugins.
And we also worked on a job given us from DJ Ali, from Nagoya. He sent me Stems to a song, I changed the pitch as well as fixed things that were not in the right key, as well, as changing speed on files.
We are also working on a punk rock tune called “My left foot big toenail is dead”. It`s about how the left toenail on your foot gets saved by the toenail on your foot. Kind of a comical tune.
We are waiting for the band leader to call us and tell us that it is a good mix.
Many times we like to mix without having others mention anything about it. But recently, we
ve been getting lots of petitions, about the mixes we have been sending off. I guess I`m basically tied to this studio.
That`s all things blissful for now.
Tommorrow I head off to an ice-cream company`s tour for free ice-cream with my little family. Should be fun!
ve been working with Slingshotmillions singer Jun and Yui.
We have been recording guitars, and vocals in the studio.
s a humorous tune, and we are having fun putting it together. Its called “My left foot big toenail is dead”.
WE are using Sonar 8.5, with RME converters, Shure ksm 32, into a BLA 173, and also into a FMR audio PBC6a.
We have been using this setup for quite sometime now.
It`s a Neve 1073 sound-alike preamp.
We will be working with Chris Larke tommorow.
Will keep you posted about that session too!
Or more like fusioning out our ears!!!
He is so cool. He brought me some cookies that he usually brings. I mean he doesn`t have to do it. Because he pays for his time at the studios.
But being the nice gentleman that he is, and not to say a very accomplished fusion guitar player, he is a very nice guy as well.
He lives in Japan, and asked me in about a month in advance before entering the studios.
Yes! We used the Black lion audio BLA 173 into the PBC6a, into RME converters, and Skip also brought over his own tube warming device.
I don`t remember the name right now, but it sure boosted the sound. And we also used the Damage control Womanizer. He mentioned how it sounded great.
Overall we had a blast in the studio. He just asked for water, and we gave it him.
In the winter, we give out clients warm coffee. In the summer like now, we offer ice cold water.
s whats bliss rite now.
Recently I`ve been postponing posting. Sorry about that!
These days I have finally been feeling like life is worth living, and that I have energy now to blog.
Recently, in the studio I have been working on editing for DJ Ali, Michael Jackson`s tune “Beat it”. He edited the song himself, but working in the Professional enviroment with tools like Sound forge, you can get more surgical edits. which is what I have been up to recently for stillbliss. Also transposing the track from Eb to C.
I have also been in Contact with our good ol` client Chris Larke/Commander/Ekral.
He is asking us to mix a track of his, by sending us the Stems and telling us what to do by text.
We also mastered one of his trax as well.
Well thats everything bliss.
For the next few days I am free as a bird. Which is something I have been looking forward to for quite a while.
Ok folks! Keep it Bliss!!