IF YOU DON'T KNOW THESE PODCASTS...YOU SHOULD.

Here's food for your ears and your brain...These are but a few of the really cool podcasts I enjoy listening to at the moment...in no particular order.

 

 

Radiotopia's WAYS OF HEARING 

 

Ways of Hearing from is a six-part series, originally heard on Showcase, hosted by musician Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500, Damon & Naomi), exploring the nature of listening in our digital world. Each episode looks at a different way that the switch from analog to digital audio is influencing our perceptions, changing our ideas of Time, Space, Love, Money, Power and Noise. This is about sound, and the ways we are using it to share information in the world right now. Our voices carry further than they ever did before, thanks to digital media. But how are they being heard?

 

NPR's MICROPHONE CHECK

 

Microphone Check is a conversation with and led by hip-hop culture.

Its hosts are Ali Shaheed Muhammad, legendary producer, songwriter and member of groups A Tribe Called Quest, Lucy Pearl and The Ummah, and Frannie Kelley, a journalist. The duo began their collaboration as a podcast distributed by NPR in 2013 and have since evolved into an independent production that conducts interviews in studio, for at-home, on-demand listening, and in public, for in-person, real life exchange.

 

SONG EXPLODER
 

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode is produced and edited by host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway in Los Angeles. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work.

“A brilliant idea, fantastically executed…Invariably fascinating, each episode manages to squeeze heart and soul from its subject, not to mention you, the listener.” — i-D

 

A HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC
 

A History of Electronic Music is a podcast started by Paul Sheeky of Triptree Productions. Chad Wilson has been hosting since 2014 while Paul is on hiatus. We cover the origins of electronic music back in the 1930s and are currently up to the 1980s. 

 

Q & A with yours truly

Here's a little Question & Answer session...If you want to get to know me ;)


What questions do you ask prospective clients?

Well it depends, but it's my job to make sure I understand what the client / artist intend to say, what they want to convey with their music or film and to help them achieve this, all the while staying on budget and being on schedule. So I will make sure I have all the elements I need before I even accept a gig.

What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

When all is said and done, it's about sensibility...it's hard to find the person(s) who you're going to share your music with, I mean it's stuff that comes from your heart and I believe firmly that, provided the person(s) you are hiring know what they are doing, it's a human experience. You should never forget this...Also, don't just go for the cheapest in town, it's your project, so it's yourself you are investing in...Serious work comes at a price, but it's worth it.

If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

My old El Maya P bass, my 2 track tape recorder, it's not fancy although it's super, super rare because it's a consumer grade machine that runs at 15ips...Like anything, if you pay attention, if you learn how use it, it will sound good...you have to know when and how to use a certain piece of equipment...so, what else, my Neve 33609 of course...but you know, it's not the gear it's your ears, and you know what? They're analog ! Can't beat this! Haha!

What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

I've been making music for a very long time. I started as a drummer / singer in a band at age 10...we were writing our own songs...later on, when I turned 20, I moved to London and drummed for a few bands...and a few years later I joined a drum & bass collective as a singer...I've always been open to different experiences so my career path seems chaotic but in fact it has its own logic...anyhow, at 27 I got signed to EMI in France, on the strength of a demo...They released my debut album as a singer/producer...I still had a lot to learn as a music producer, but I insisted on making that first record by myself, with my own little hands, and learned the hard way...it was awesome to be able to record my own songs in proper studios, with proper engineers and Neve or SSL consoles...I was at it day and night, I felt so lucky, it was a blast and I've learned a lot from that experience...Film scoring came later, by chance, once again...we were hanging out in recording studios my brother and I, so you're bound to meet people...we were at the right place, at the right time, and when the opportunity came we were ready...I mean we were hungry and always working on our skills, and when we were asked to compose our first film score ever (EDEN LOG by Franck Vestiel), we didn't even blink...we said yeah sure we'll do it...we were scared shitless haha...a few years later, when we won the 'best music award' at Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, we couldn't believe this was actually happening...it's a lot, A LOT of hard work and sleepless nights though...I've learned how to properly mix a track by necessity, although I was drawn to it...But you know, we always thought, ok we can do this, it'll be hard but we can do it...and we'll learn in the process...never stop learning...that's the spirit...

How would you describe your style?

It's been said my style is cinematic and angular whatever that means haha!

Which artist would you like to work with and why?

The Beatles during the recording of Sgt Pepper...just making tea and watch silently would be enough for a lifetime.

Can you share one music production tip?

Don't overdo it.

What type of music do you usually work on?

I like to call it pop...but to me it just means the hybrid / cross genre kind of music that we have today...in reality I'll work on any kind of music, provided I can bring something relevant to the table...I like, play and listen to all kinds of music, and working on film scores taught me a lot about breaking barriers between genres.

What's your strongest skill?

Easy to work with...good listener...not afraid to make decisions.

What do you bring to a song?

A point of view.

What's your typical work process?

I try not to overthink it...although that doesn't mean I don't come prepared...the key, to me, is to keep it fun at all times, because it shows...

Tell us about your studio setup.

It's a small setup but it works...I chose the hybrid way...Pro tools HD / Logic X and some outboard...Neve 8816 summing mixer, Neve 33609 JD stereo compressor on the mix bus mainly, Warm Audio TB12 Pre amp (this thing rocks), a couple of vintage digital delays, a 2 track tape recorder (15 ips), a couple of analog synths and a whole bunch of things and gizmos...Plug in wise I really like Slate... who doesn't eh? As far as microphones go, I only have a couple that I use mainly on my vocals, because they suit my voice...Neumann TLM 103 and Shure SM7...If I need anything else or to record drums for exemple, I'll simply hire some studio time...

What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

Anybody with a fresh approach and people who make music from the heart really...There's so much music nowadays...I try to learn from any situation and from all generations of musicians and producers...

Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

I've composed a few film scores in the genre known as the 'new wave of french horror' (i.e.: MARTYRS by Pascal Laugier)...that lasted for a few fun years ! Until the genre kind of dried up... Nowadays I tend to do more production work for independent artists, and that includes some arranging, performing, mixing... I also record vocals and do some additional programming for TV / documentary composers.


You can find the Q&A and more info on the professional audio & musical services I offer HERE .

 

 

Willie Cortez, Producer on SoundBetter

RECORDING DURING THE HEATWAVE WITH ROZIE GYEMS AND A COUPLE OF COOL PROJECTS I WILL BE WORKING ON THIS FALL...

This summer was very, very, very hot down in sunbathed Marseille...Nevertheless, in between beach sessions, I have managed to sweat some music out of my system...UK singer and producer Rozie Gyems came all the way from London to record & collab on a few things in the Lab with me...it was very cool to have her here, and the music is going to be killer...but hush for now...

CHECK ROZIE'S MUSIC HERE

Next up is the production of an EP for french independant artist Meursvult...What I have heard so far sounds pretty rad and I can't wait to start working on this thing with him...that'll be in a few days time.

Also worth mentionning is a project by south of France based hip hop / drums band 'Sonateen' for which I will be mixing a couple of tracks this autumn...

Enjoy the last days of summer holidays and be kind to one another...if you want to book me as a programmer / producer or mixing engineer for your upcoming project please do so by clicking HERE

Bisous Bisous ;-) W

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Some production and mixing work I've done for french independent 'chanson française' songwriter Daniel Jumeau.

A few months ago I've worked on an album by french singer-songwriter Daniel Jumeau. When he contacted me asking me to produce, arrange and mix the record I felt it would be a real challenge because I had never worked with a 'chanson française' artist. Very different from what I usually produce. Worlds apart to be honest. But I knew it would be an interesting experience, one I would learn from. On the record I played pretty much all of the instruments with a few exceptions, I re-arranged the songs completely, programmed beats, engineered and mixed the 10 track album. What I've tried to do is to enhance what was already there, keep the music close to the lyrical content and bring something old and new at the same time sonically while respecting Daniel's own musical universe.  In the end it was fun to do and Daniel is a very honest writer and performer with a style of his own. Recently he got a publishing deal with David Sechan's 'Encore Merci Editions'. I wish him the best for what's ahead. 

Here's the single!

 

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, Soundbreaking charts a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. From the Beatles’ groundbreaking use of multi-track technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling, the series highlights the dynamic tension between the artificial and the natural––between the man-made and the god-given––and explores the way in which that tension has continuously redefined not only what we listen to and how we listen to it, but our very sense of what music is and can be. In the end, Soundbreaking makes us hear the songs we love in a whole new way, and illuminates the sonic alchemy by which the music we listen to becomes a fundamental part of who we are.
— http://soundbreaking.com/about-the-series

A MUST WATCH ! Really, really cool show...If you still have not watched any of it , here's the link :

 

http://soundbreaking.com/episodes