Re: WHO RECORDED YOUR RECORDS?
Your Name: Dom
Band's Name: CHOPS
Record(s) Name: doesn't have one yet, but it's a split 12" on Upset The Rhythm with another UK band, possibly Drumize, if they get it together and find time to record!!
Recording Studio Name: NO RECORDING STUDIO
Location?: Lubbard's Lodge Farm, Southend (Rayleigh to be more precise). Surrounded by horse stables. And weird tunnel tent building things, which very much look like they could be filled with weed (but probably aren't, unfortunately).
What rate did you pay?: We didn't. John very kindly offered a series of free days to U!TR so that Chris can release more UK bands, and so that John gets to record some more bands he's interested in recording (rather than lots of covers bands!). John originally offered one free day, but there was a bit of a communication breakdown, as we thought we were recording for a split 10" - only to find out it's actually a 12", so we didn't have enough music recorded! John is so nice that he was happy to have us back for a second free day to record more music to fill our side of the vinyl!
Studio Engineer: John Hannon
Mix Engineer: John Hannon
How would you describe the sound they gave you?: Perhaps i'm a bit premature here, because we haven't got the full mixes back yet... But I'm fully happy with the rough mix. The drums are sounding really good! And even in the rough mix, John has managed to capture a good balance of the fuzzy distortion of our crap equipment, as well as some how finding some clarity in what we're playing (the man's a wizard i tell thee!), so it's what we were after - noisy, but with all the sounds easily audible. We did a few overdubs here and there, and rather than just record over the bit we wanted, we improvise so we decided to overdub the entire song just in case something sweet ended up happening... now we need to remove a few bits of the overdubs that don't work (our fault!) to regain a bit of clarity here and there.
What would have liked more/less of?: We could have done with a couple of extra hours, but that's nothing to do with John - he was fast, efficient. We were slow, inefficient, and due to the nature of improvising, we recorded some stuff that we didn't want to be on the record. I'm a total novice when it comes to being in a proper studio, but I can't think of anything I would have wanted more or less of.
Was the studio a comfortable environment?: Totally: inside and out! I mean, I had to get up at 5:45am on the morning of my birthday, drive for 5 hours to Southend, be inside on a sunny day, then drive back, and I didn't begrudge it one bit!
Would you/Have you used the studio since?: Well, we travelled back down for the second day of recording, so obviously we were happy to return.... and I'd be happy to go again, and pay next time! Only problem for us is that it's a 5 hour drive away, so with fuel on top, it would probably end up slightly too expensive for our budgets i reckon. But if we lived closer, then yeah, I'd totally go back. Either way, definitely recommended to others.
Other comments: Good to record with someone that knew where we were coming from musically, even if he didn't know us beforehand. He had a quick listen to some single mic shoddy practice recordings I'd done, to give him an idea of what we sounded like, and he did a great job of keeping the lo-fi mess we make (I was worried recording properly might make us sound too clean), but somehow bringing out some crystal clear pop elements. So yeah, chuffed........... will report back when we get the full mixes!