We finished mixing the tracks in May.
We obviously mixed in the box.
ProTools, a whole array of Waves plugs-ins, and the legendary Yamaha NS10s.
An Apogee Quartet providing us with pristine and uncompromising clarity.
As we recorded the trio live in one room, the main challenge was separation. On this simple video you can see how we used those removable panels to isolate vocal and guitar from the drums and upright bass.
This video is a rouhg mix of an alt take of original “Noir et Blanc”.
This session happened in one of those little hidden and alternative recording studio in Berlin Kreuzberg.
We recorded in a typical out-of-the-mainstream alternative small studio in Kreuzberg.
Brian Trahan jumped in as the engineer and some great creative inputs.
Nir Sabag on drums and Gianfranco Coppola on upright worked the magic,
and set the musicianship to ever higher standards.
And I doubted every note I played.
Thought I lost my keys.
This was an amazing session.
The resulting tracks are beautiful, fresh.
And have that please-no-too-polished feel I was hoping for, to avoid bearing any resemblance to the pop we are used to hearing on the airwaves (not that we don’t like it).
We recently mixed the five titles. The whole should be released in September 2017 on my own indie label.
There is so much happening these days, it is going to be difficult to keep up.
We had a wonderful Begenungssession with Noa Fort on the 6th of January 2017, in Berlin.
Noa graced us with her new song a couple weeks ago. She blessed that white piano with her playing, and flew away across the ocean back to Brooklyn.
Nir Sabag was here with us and played snare with brushes.
I use to walk the streets of Brooklyn, and feel that it must bear a kind of odd resemblance to some old Berlin I had never seen, and did not yet know.
Now that I know Berlin – the new, obviously – I can confirm. There is a strange kinship between good ol’ Brooklyn, and Berlin.
The thing is, Berlin is new.
So incredibly, fascinatingly New. And nowadays when I walk around the streets of Berlin, I miss those pretty old cobblestone, the history and the incredible cultural density and variety of good ol’ Brooklyn!
Dr. Nikolaus Andre erzählt über Berlin. Bevor die Mauer fiel.
Nikolaus and his brother Tommy grew up in Berlin and were teenagers when the wall came down.
They recall these days with vibrant emotions, as Berlin was still divided, and the eastern outpost of a free world, then surrounded by a Soviet ruled DDR.
If they remember the wall, and the surreal political tension omnipresent in the city’s daily life, they will never forget the incredible scene that developed in Berlin, and around the AFN (American Forces Network).
The radio programs. The disk-jockeys.
The music, the parties.
And a somehow exuberant sense of freedom.
I am quiet thrilled to submit some music for this project.
Eric (below) practicing and recording some at a pre-production session in Berlin, Kreuzberg, for his Album “Travel Poems”.
Eric Pan is back in Berlin!
From Brooklyn. And he is not alone.
The pianist, whose talent and skills are only matched by his humble and authentic approach to making music, has introduced us to yet another Brooklynite: Brian Trahan.
Talent literally wrapped in optimism and positive energy.
DYNAMITE has never looked so chilled and relaxed and friendly.
Travel Poem is going to be dynamite indeed, as we will be matching Eric with some wonderful local talents, such as the Rhythm and Groove Prophet, Nir Sabag on drums, and possibly Hugo Reydet on bass.