Welcome to an introductory wave about my journey with lyric sheets and bits and pieces of music by my side. Time by time I will keep dreaming here with my thoughts, maybe some lyrics, telling about my music or instrumentals; eventually this is the place about sound chemistry. I just want to share with you more about my 'out of sight' production, not only finished album covers. Also I think that every produced and recorded project is a project in which the songwriter had to invest his soul, time and resources and it doesn't matter how good or bad the song is or when it will be released as long as the songwriter believes in his masterpiece.
Did I mention lyrics? In my 20's I somehow managed to appear at the Writers Union of Latvia with my poetry and from there on my writing experience went across the music industry with a lyrics supply for the local musicians. This was my initiative to be closer to experienced pop songwriters. At that time, I was done with the classical guitar and the only way to keep up with my grown - up temper was punk-rock oriented music on electric guitar.
Relocation to England was a big step towards unknown life and music production opportunities, but to make it happen I had to change my songwriting mindset for an English global audience. Finally I found myself performing in the bedroom behind the digital audio workstation Logic Pro. I was digging so hard and it seemed that my self - learned engineering and sound design skills were improving, but not enough in 2016. Ohh, how many mistakes were made and this was just the beginning of my music production career. I couldn't stop justifying myself, so I eventually decided to take down audio (EP) and three video materials released at that stage. In fact, I still had the same momentum of self-punishment for the upcoming years.
Demoing "Angel Never Let Me Go"
Demoing "Angel Never Let Me Go"
Once I was working on a new piano instrumental, please don't overestimate my piano skills. I am not trained (only lately I started practising to play the piano used for my music productions). When the piano part came together with an orchestral kit and strings recorded into Logic Pro (digital audio workstation), all I wanted was to hear the potential of this rough version. I met the sound engineer/producer Kevin Paul (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds etc) to arrange this track mix/mastered version. After the first listenings he texted; 'this is a nice instrumental, have you thought about lyrics' by that time I had a draft text version, but as credit had been given and my confidence rose - I sped up with my drilling.
Instrumental was the beginning of the new song development.
Recording a vocal cover with my singing talent - you gonna be kidding me! That being said, I started looking for a session voice that would be a great fit for the track demonstration. Until I found, I think the voice of an angel, just exactly what I needed. I wish I could go further with his talent as he did with Valerie Broussard, but unfortunately he was signed by a publisher and there is nothing further, but only a rough demo with the feedback "these are beautiful lyrics". Eventually I named the song "Angel Never Let Me Go", and so far I can't really understand whether this song has a place among a religious, theatrical or pop genre; but I do believe that one day this song will find its way to listeners.
"Angel Never Let Me Go" has got a voice.
I would like to keep you introduced with my background songwriting. The sound design experiments in bedroom studio are the usual processes that happen organically. Usually more clarity is gained during production, whether a new track is going to be a decent song or a typical instrumental. Every piece takes time and energy, but anything should be wasted, so I had to start to look after my instrumental signature and other distribution options. As I love what I do, I decided to keep working with pop music production and additionally to keep my eyes open in case something is coming up from my songwriting. I started to chase so called media style in instrumental writing sessions going ahead with a piano and strings instrumentation.
Below music player is loaded with some music episodes from my abandoned background catalog, not master quality.
You Too 2:100:00/2:10
Demoing Hip-Hop, R&B or Pop
Demoing Hip - Hop, R&B or Pop
I hope you are all well! Nothing is impossible and everything is possible ! In this chapter I am going to share with you the music production insight, conclusion and the approach to songwriting for one of my 'background' projects. This is not going to be in details, but the most specific things will be touched in general on how the song transformation occurred during the songwriting. When the production of the beat structure was clear, I started to build up the parts of sound design approaching synth background pads, leading violins and vocal background elements. By doing that my entire idea of the planned pure hip - hop track production was under fire and since then I knew this is not going to be a traditional hip hop piece, although technically the beat character came out by itself in a hip - hop genre. I was carrying on with songwriting until the song and lyrics were written and the voice - over was completed, by whom at this time? I had to take my own initiative working on the rough vocal recording to rely on my own speaking - rapping word qualities. When demoing was completed, I sent my private version to the music connection hub review panel to find out the track's weaknesses and strengths either of the structure, melody or mixing. This is the kind of procedure and the last resort which is the least likely for my music, and honestly who likes to be criticised, but as a indie music producer I need feedbacks from music experts, labels and publishers. Eventually I need extra 'ears' to improve music production, to avoid mistakes, to learn. I would say that every accomplished song by myself has to be tested and "approved" by selected experts before it can be published officially; or if I am not quite sure about the foundation of the demo track and it's potential. Usually feedbacks are coming back with a variety of different opinions - music is subjective, but one came through with this message, see below.
Originally called 'Kids in Love' is saved on hard- drive for my personal review. As more I am listening to it as more my confidence is growing regarding the vocal performance style. Now it feels that hip - hop could win over pop or r&b at this moment with a rapping artist.
Intentionally I am not publishing my own crappy voice-over, but instead I would love to introduce with the instrumental mood and back vocal parts, not master quality.
Kids in Love 3:210:00/3:21