On July 31, I hit the studio to start work on a three song instrumental rock EP, which is being recording with friend Dave Sykut at Seton Hill University. Joining me on the recordings are George Elliott (bass) and Gino Maione (drums). The songs that we're working on are called The Alchemist, Irwin Vibe, and Search and Rescue.
Dave has a few different rooms to choose to record from at the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center. We set up in the "black box," and the drums really came alive. We successfully tracked the drums and bass parts. I am particularly thrilled about how crisp the drum sound are that Dave captured, especially on Gino's playing on Irwin Vibe (it's also worth noting that Gino built his own kit, as he's co-owner of Louson Drums - see http://www.lousondrums.com). George is a fantastic bassist, and wonderful to work with. I really dig the vibe that George and Gino created. Later this month I am scheduled to continue to work on the guitar tracks. I've learned that it's silly to set deadlines when recording, but I'm hoping that I can finish tracking during the next session.
I'm really excited about going into the studio and going about the process the right way. Dave does a fantastic job of getting great sounds, George and Gino created great grooves for the songs, and I'm touching up the arrangements (guitar parts/layer). I'll keep you posted on the progress. I can't wait to share the music with you!