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Why I Do This (a.k.a. Feedback from Murray Creagh)

By November 13, 2012January 3rd, 2015Blog, Engineering, Music

With major labels dropping like flies, records not selling, studios closing and musicians starving, one has to ask himself every once in a while (more often than not actually) ‘why do I do this?!’

Well, there is no good empirical answer to this. It’s an urge, a feeling, a calling from within… It’s often difficult to justify, vague to understand, and very hard to quantify. But every so often I do a session or write a song or play a part and do a mix and get some feedback that will really strike a chord with me.

This past Saturday, I spent the day engineering and recording drums for Murray Creagh, a London-based singer/songwriter/producer. It was a long session with various different drum sounds, all tracked to 24-track tape. Joe Ryan was absolutely brilliant on the drums. I had never before seen someone playing with such consistency for 12 hours!

I got the following email today from Murray:

Hey Adam, just wanted to say thank you again for your engineering genius on Saturday and organising the session! I’ve had a listen through the takes and it sounds fucking great to me, it’s exactly the sound I wanted to get…. though having said that when listening back I’m still like “whoa, those mics + that Neve desk + that outboard + that kit + whatever else is going on” really is the full catastrophe! ┬áBut of course it’s knowing how to put all that together – so thanks dude, you really nailed it!

Your place in heaven is assured!

– M

I think this explains better than anything I can write or say why I do what I do.
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