Hanging out in the Mixing Room while they were setting up the mic’s!
Wow! Yesterday I had a record breaking studio day! No lie! I recorded awesomely performed lead vocals for the 5 songs on my upcoming EP, as well as a few background vocals. Still have some work left to do, the rest of the background vocals, and I have a Cello player coming in to do some string arrangements. But all in all the tracks are shaping up nicely! I’m so excited to share them with you all and even more excited to get to planning the music video concepts. :D
My producer and sound engineer were equally impressed with the durability of my voice, and they commented saying ‘not many people can record 5 leads in one day, and actually have them sound label quality!’ I was really flattered because they’ve both worked with some bigger artists in Nashville, so their opinions have some serious weight to them. It got me thinking, maybe I did a few things differently than most singers in the days leading up to my session. So I thought I’d share them with you!
1) Technique! If you have proper vocal technique your voice won’t tire as easily. Your vocal chords shouldn’t have ANY strain on them, EVER! It’s bad for your chords and can cause damage.
2) Practice! I practiced my vocal technique and the songs I would be singing 6 days a week during the months that lead to my session. If you are well rehearsed you can bang songs out pretty fast because you already have made the performance mistakes in your spare time. This way you’re not burning studio dollars trying to figure out line delivery on the spot. This will also give you an opportunity to arrange your songs in order from easiest, to hardest, to most tiring. Because you’ve practiced them you will know and be able to prepare for that. That’s what I did ;)
3) Diet! I don’t mean watching your waistline. In the week that lead up to my session I had minimal wine (I’m an artist… I need some wine!) NO COFFEE (or caffeinated beverages), minimal dairy, sugar, and wheat/wheat products. These foods/drinks in excess can make you tired, deplete your immune system, dry out your vocal chords and make you phlegmy. During my session I only ate oatmeal and almond butter. I know.. WEIRD! But oatmeal sticks with you, has no sugar and doesn’t create much phlegm, the almond butter helps sustain you because it has some protein. This makes your breaks less frequent AND shorter because you have less recovery time after food breaks due to phlegm. Another aid after food breaks, as well as throughout the day to keep my voice fresh, was herbal tea. I chose to sip on Breath Deep, Eaters Digest and Throat Coat all day long!
4) Sleep and Health! I was well rested, and took oil of oregano as well as plenty of vitamins and supplements to make sure I was healthy and strong come performance time in the weeks that lead up to my session.
5) No Stress! On performance days I’m usually a stress case. But to make sure that this time I wasn’t, I got up 4 hours before my session so I could wake up, get ready, have breakfast (oatmeal and almond butter…), and get to the studio in plenty of time so I wasn’t feeling rushed or stressed at all!
Well, that’s all! I hope some of this helps any singers out there who are looking to maximize studio rental time. Being an indie artist means that your studio dollars come out of your own pocket, so you want to make sure they’re being spent wisely, right?