Hello one and all,
I finally got around to reading one of the best interviews I can remember coming across in a recording magazine. I’m usually not a huge fan of recording magazines. Many of them are crappy….which may explain why I keep my recording magazines in the bathroom…ha ha.
Anyway, if you get a chance, I HIGHLY recommend the John Frusciante / Ryan Hewitt interview. It offers mindblowing insight into concepts and theories of recording. In past articles I’ve read with John Frusciante, he’s been in some kind of fried/hippy/buddha/truth/universe mode. However, in this article he comes across as a very intelligent, normal dude who’s done enough recording and songwriting to know that he wants to make $10,000 solo records even when he’s winning Grammy Awards.
There were several main points that I found very interesting.
- The problem of overusing eyes for recording – This is a huge problem in the computer recording realm.
- The magic of a band playing together in the room with bleed and all. They mentioned the musical and engineering challenges faced when recording everything separate (not always what a beginner would expect).
- The benefits of recording fast and not over thinking the music. It’s one thing to pay attention to detail. It’s another thing to rob the music of character. Finding the perfect balance is when magic occurs.
- Being open to different recording methods. As you may know, John Frusciante is the guitar player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has a billion bucks and is recording in a house…not a big studio (although his gear is ROBO high end vintage type stuff).
If you don’t have a free subscription to Tape Op, get one immediately. I actually have a couple of issues of Tape Op in my control room. So maybe it’s not just another crappy recording magazine!