October 2020

Mix/Master Work

Bang bang

Yay! Both big projects that I have been working on have released this past week. My extended brother Mike (not me Mike but other Mike) and his band Forgotten Favorite have put out their 2nd album, and I got to do a little production work on it.

This was also my first full master attempt, so nice of the boys to let me use them as a guinea pig. I’ve had the Fabfilter suite for a while, but never really got try it out and put it through basic paces until now.

I had to do a few revisions of the master, but I was really happy to put my ears to work. Even though these VSTs are renowned for their beautiful GUI, I would just flip back and forth between the presets and really focus. Afterwards, I would pick the ranges for the bands and just listen. Anyway, nerd stuff, but a great use of my COVID time.

Definitely pick this one up. Not only was I shouting along to all the songs, but they are donating all proceeds towards the local DC / MD Black Lives Matter org. Win win!

Requiem Remix!

It’s here! This has been a secret quiet project for me and Emil and I’m glad it’s out in the world.

Coup Sauvage writes:

Hold onto your church fans (and your face masks), @coupsauvage are back with another sermon for the children. We are reuniting one-time only for a special deluxe re-release of “Requiem for a Mountaintop.” Released in 2015 on our “Psalms from Ward 9” EP, the song was written after the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice. Equal parts elegy and call to action, it was our way to honor and celebrate the many black and brown lives lost as a result of police violence.

We never imagined the song would still be timely in 2020. Or that the list of names of people killed at the hands of the police would keep growing. All these years later, we are still angry, we are still in mourning, and we are still giving voice to our outrage the best way we know how – on the dance floor and in community. Now more than ever, we are dancing to rejoice, we are dancing for solidarity, we are dancing for our survival.

In response to the latest demands for racial justice, we’re re-releasing the original “Requiem for a Mountaintop” single. We’ve also added four new remixes produced by some of our favorite black, brown, and queer artists from the DMV including @cultfreedc & @atomsapart. All proceeds from Bandcamp will be donated to the Movement for Black Lives and ONE DC. Join us in supporting local artists and help us raise funds to continue the fight to make Black Lives Matter.

We started working on this a few months back, and I was really excited to do a proper remix for friends that I really respected and had created musical work that wasn’t a rehash of the same old same old. I wanted to be respectful of the amazing original song but at the same time, still amuse myself.

I put down some bass and guitar and some basic chords, while Emil started picking out synth tones and interesting little drum fills. I mixed and mastered it here in Laundry Room 2, my studio in Belgium.