From the Producer: A Little About "Broken Mirror Baby"
Doug (right) was the producer and key driver of the sound on "Broken Mirror Baby", so it's always exciting to hear his thoughts.
Here he offers some reflections on the recording process and album itself. We'll have the full show MP3 hosted on the site, complete with all the songs from the album, in the coming days but you can hear the whole show here in the meantime.
I met A.O. about 2 or 3 years ago. I was living in NY and I was looking for artists to work with. While placing an ad on Craigslist I stumbled onto her ad, looking for a producer. We emailed and then she sent me a demo or two. I remember sitting in my tiny kitchen in Floral Park, NY, listening to one or two of her songs. I was immediately taken by her lyrics. She wrote with an honesty, insight and edge that is so lacking in today's sea of music mediocrity. While her songs are sometimes fun and "light," there's also a scary intensity and frustration that lives just under the surface.
We did our first record together in my tiny studio in the basement of that very apartment. A.O. would send me demo's some fleshed out with her ideas and some more sparse. Even though her demos were recorded on a cheap 4 track digital recorder through a tiny microphone, I always thought her demos were great. The vocal takes were haunting and honest. In fact, for one of the songs on her first record, I convinced A.O. that we should use the demo vocal track and we did.
The second record presented new logistical challenges for us. A.O. had moved to Michigan. I was coming up with schemes on how she could record quality vocal takes, and send them to me. Turns out A.O. would come to Boston from Michigan a couple of times to track the vocals and some other instrumentation. Otherwise, we worked pretty much the same way.
Besides being a stellar songwriter, AO is also one of the kindest people you could meet. This doesn't mean she's a push-over. She will definitely tell you what she thinks something should sound like. She is also only the second person ever to write a song with me (although she won't take credit for it). AO helped me a lot with the lyrics on one of my new songs which will be on my next record.
I encourage you all to take a listen to the show. I think there are some valuable things to hear. Alejandra's first record "Nothing Out Loud" was a fairly bold, highly produced & arranged affair. For "Broken Mirror Baby", she wanted it to sound even bigger. So collectively we went for it. Bigger vocals, more guitar, bigger drums, more synth and more layers in general. Knowing A.O. we'll continue the push the boundaries on the next one.
The Hollow Body Studios Radio Music Show broadcasts Wednesday nights at 10pm EST on WRCA, 1330AM in Boston and http://www.1330wrca.com/streamer worldwide.
Thanks for reading.