Recap on Our Time in Nashville
Nathan here. First off, we're so sorry to have left you in the dark since we returned from recording our EP in Nashville a little over 3 weeks ago. Since then we've been busy between some of us in school and others with work, but we wanted to give a little recap of our time in Nashville and a peak into how we spent our time in the studio.
When we first got to the studio we sat down with Kyle (our producer/mixing engineer) and talked about the best way to go about laying our songs down. Kyle had the brilliant idea of spending the first few days "workshopping" the songs. Workshopping essentially meant recording all of the ideas we had for each song in an anything-goes sort of fashion and using the tracks as a sort of blank canvas to uncritically lay down any idea we may have had.
By the end of the first few days, all of the songs sounded somewhat messy and unsharpened - but through all of the extra noise we were beginning to hear what parts were meant to stay and what parts needed to go. Someone once asked Michelangelo how he came to create a work so perfect as his sculpture "The David," as the story goes Michelangelo said that he didn't create the piece, but simply chipped away everything that wasn't David. Not to say that we've achieved the same level of artistry as Michelangelo, but there seems to be a universal feeling that comes with building a song or any piece of art that feels more like "uncovering" than creating.
That was a very long-winded way to say that after we finished workshopping the songs we spent the rest of the time doing final takes of the parts that we really felt were meant to remain in the songs.
One of the most rewarding parts of our ten days in Nashville wasn't only the songs that we recorded, but the result of four friends being in same car for a seven-hour road trip each way, being locked in the same studio for up to 15 hours every day, and then going back to the same house to catch a few hours of precious sleep and then do it all again the next day.
Although this trip was undoubtedly one of the best times of our lives, it also tested us as we learned how to work towards a common goal when we all naturally have slightly different idea of how we want our first EP to sound. Overall our whole experience in Nashville and in the studio proved to be an extremely valuable experience and a confirmation that we're chasing the right dream!
Finally, We just want to thank everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter or has supported us in the past in any way. Thank you for making all of this possible for us. We can't express how grateful we are!
In the meantime, there's much to be done from EP album artwork design to finishing up mixing and mastering and a whole slew of other details that go on behind the scenes. We're also going to playing quite a few shows in the VA, NC, MD,and DC areas so be sure to check out our tour dates! Keep an ear out as we'll be able to announce the title and official release date of the EP pretty soon here!