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And now, a full song

by Kim Lajoie on July 24, 2015

Well, how about that. It worked out pretty well, considering. So, Melissa heard the instrumental jam from three weeks ago and offered to add some vocals. She brought some lyric ideas to the first session and we workshopped the song structure. She then spent a couple of weeks practicing and preparing for the recording. The […]

Well, I made another funk

by Kim Lajoie on July 14, 2015

  Not really a full song yet, but this time around I put some more thought into some kind of definitive beginning and ending. Some more buildups and breakdowns would do well, but in the absence of an actual song, I feel that it’s more like a jam. Also, it’s pretty clear I need to start […]

Another video – inching toward a full song

by Kim Lajoie on June 28, 2015

No, it’s not a full song. But it’s getting closer. The style is a lot closer to what I’m developing over my next creative period. No longer is the deep atmospheric lumber. That was fun while it lasted. But now I’m taking a turn toward a kind of electro/funk (and eventually pop). Upbeat pop tempo, heavy […]

I made a YouTube video of me playing a YouTube video. And sampling it.

by Kim Lajoie on June 14, 2015

So, first of all, this is not a compositional masterpiece. It’s four bars with some funky guitar hits and seventh chords. If you want to know more about Glasfrosch, I reviewed them here and you can read more about them here. You might be mildly interested to have a peek into how I sample and sequence using […]

How to know if you’re any good yet

by Kim Lajoie on May 27, 2015

See, here’s an interesting observation. I’m obviously not using enough EQ. There’s a stereotype in our industry of the delusional artist/producer – the person who thinks they’re much better (and deserving of success) than they really are. Interesting, I hardly ever meet these people. In fact, I often come across the opposite – people who […]

Just quickly record some vocals?

by Kim Lajoie on April 24, 2015

 So, I was recently asked about recording some vocals for a song. And so I had the opportunity to describe the process of finishing a song and the various factors that determine how long the process takes. 1. Record vocals. – This might mean just running through the whole song a few times, or it might […]

Enter the iPad

by Kim Lajoie on April 10, 2015

 So, this is interesting. In my quest to simplify my computer setup I’ve been reducing my plugins and other software to bare minimum. Nowadays I’m almost running pure Cubase 8 (fortunately it comes with some great stuff built in). And I’ve been adding more hardware – mainly EQ and compression for some different flavours and to save […]

The importance of physical proximity

by Kim Lajoie on March 11, 2015

Let’s talk about being close with your artist. Like, really close. Like in the same room together. I recently had a couple of interesting experiences. One of my previous artists approached me to produce her next release. We’d worked together before, and it’s been one of the best working relationships I’d had with an artist. […]

How not to be a producer

by Kim Lajoie on February 14, 2015

So, I came across this gem last night. And isn’t it just amazing. This is an excellent example of how not to be a producer. The producer and the singer are meant to be collaborating on writing a new song and demonstrate Ableton Push. They hadn’t met each other prior to the session, and they […]

Always remember the emotional connection

by Kim Lajoie on February 9, 2015

Why do you make music? It’s probably not the fame and fortune (well, at least not the fortune). It’s not the stable income or cosy retirement. I hope it’s not because your parents told you to do it. I’ll bet you’re making music because you love it. You love music, and creating your own music […]