All my music is produced at home. My set-up is very basic and I have limited knowledge about sound engineering. This suits me fine (for now) as I am not rich and I prefer minimal/rough sounds. It also gives me the opportunity to learn more and to retain complete creative control over the final tracks.
I’d like to share a story with you about some work I’ve been doing recently on the new single Milk And Water:
The lovely Simon Askew (well-known BBC producer and engineer) has very kindly been offering me some advice about production. In April I sent him links to The Angel EP and also a rough draft of the new single.
Many people have listened to The Angel and I’ve had a lot of great feedback but nobody has said this:
“…The first thing is both that mix and the Angel EP is all in mono! Is this deliberate? If so I think it’s wrong!”
No Simon, no. This was not deliberate.
Full disclosure: I didn’t actually know.
Through several weeks of email exchanges I rewired and panned and sweated and screamed, and continued to hate the massive gaps in my music technology expertise.
Finally ready to export the track to send a new version to Simon, I noticed a small drop-down box giving the options to export in mono, stereo split or stereo interleaved.
That’s right folks, a small drop-down box in the middle of my screen. I had seen this menu on everything I’ve ever mixed for the past 2 years and at no point had I thought: “I wonder what that’s for…”
Seriously. I am an idiot.
Like The Beatles, my recordings up until now have been in mono. This has the potential to go down in history as one of those hilarious early music making stories. Or perhaps not. Maybe I could pretend I intended it that way and release my own boxset.
Go ahead, listen to The Angel EP on Spotify or Bandcamp with fresh ears. Mono.
Me and The Beatles in Mono.
[please note the new single will be in stereo, like I'm a normal person]