We narrowly escaped last month before the holidays having completed Joel Plaskett’s next release! When I say narrowly, I mean we were working until mere hours before our flights left to take us elsewhere for Christmas. But we got it done, and I must say what a fun experience the record was! You can definitely hear the good times the musicians had while making this album. We had a big live-off-the-floor session to track the final 8 tunes on the record; a session involving roughly 15 people total, with bands ranging from 5 to 8 players! It was a who’s who of Nova Scotia’s finest, both young guns and seasoned pros. Thankfully we had just upgraded our headphone monitoring with a Furman HDS-16 “mix yourself” Headphone system!! I can’t tell you how much of a headache dialing in headphones for 8 people would be, and this took care of that migraine! I loved it, but more importantly the musicians loved having the control to hear what they wanted. The end result wouldn’t have sounded as good without the Furman system.
Fast forward to the new year and David Myles came in with his band to record live-off-the-floor too. Now, the room handled the 8 rock musicians playing Joel’s music exceptionally well, but it shines differently on a quieter, acoustic recording like David’s. Two live sessions from each of the extreme ends of the spectrum. It was quite a change of pace for me! And I mean that figuratively, but also literally, as we recorded 29 songs with David in 4 days – and still had time to bring out the electrics and jam a little at the end!! Let me tell you, I could listen to Alan Jeffries rip solos all day long for eternity, the guy is that good.