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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. […]

If it doesn’t change you, is it worth doing?

by Kim Lajoie on February 8, 2015

So, I thought I couldn’t edit my performances after I’d recorded guitar into Maschine. Well, I spent a bit of time with it and it turns out I was wrong. Maschine, being a groove sampler, can slice a recording (such as a loop) and assign each slice to its own pad. And thus I can […]

Give yourself an unfair advantage

by Kim Lajoie on May 26, 2014

It’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses. Technically, professionally and personally. On a technical level, you might consider areas such as musical styles, particular instruments, approaches to production and aesthetic. For example, my strengths include composition, keyboard, guitar, drum programming, mixing and mastering, clean to aggressive aesthetics, etc. My strengths don’t include recording large […]

Video: Performance vs cleanliness

by Kim Lajoie on April 14, 2014

Well, this was an interesting challenge. Hand-held SM57 for vocals. Trying not to make it sound like trash. There’s a lot of suck at around 7-10kHz. Took it down with EQ and added back some air on top. Used a de-esser to bring the dynamics back into check. Couldn’t do much about the plosives though, […]

The talent myth

by Kim Lajoie on March 21, 2014

Rob Bradford: You’ll often hear that “____ is super talented.” As to imply that he/she has some sort of natural gift or ability that enables them to just show up and perform. That’s why I hate the word “talent”. Because it does a disservice to everyone. It confuses people and it distracts them from the […]

You don’t need contracts. You need trust.

by Kim Lajoie on March 17, 2014

I recently participated in an interesting discussion. A junior producer was working with a band on a recording and the band left partway through the project to do their recording elsewhere. And they didn’t pay. In the vernacular, the junior producer got stiffed. A couple of other people in the discussion suggested that an adequate […]

No-one reads a comic strip because it’s drawn well

by Kim Lajoie on December 29, 2013

Seth Godin: No one goes to a rock concert because the band is in tune. They have to be close enough to not be distracting, but being in tune isn’t the point. This is something that I think a lot of engineers and producers lose sight of. The production doesn’t have to be technically perfect. […]

Sometimes it’s better to wait

by Kim Lajoie on December 23, 2013

This post was originally published on Zencha Music. I recently had an interesting experience recording a song. The artist – who I’d worked with in the past and had seen play live several times – was dragging the song. And not just a little bit. It was dragging a lot. It was a completely different […]

Are you creative and artistic? Stop telling us. Show us.

by Kim Lajoie on December 2, 2013

You’re only creative and artistic if you are actually creating art. So go and make something. Make lots of things. Write some songs. Put together a new combination of chords or synths or plugins that you haven’t done before. Present your work to people – on stage to an audience, in the studio for your […]

Fight through the suck

by Kim Lajoie on November 18, 2013

You will suck. In fact, you probably already have. Maybe you still do. And I hope you will again. It’s not a bad thing. That’s how you know you’re ambitious enough. You’re trying something new. You’re pushing past your comfort zone. Every future expert starts out in the suck. No-one is born great. They fight […]