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andersmv 8th November 2017 04:12 AM

Convincing Clients to keep it simple
I had forgot you worked with Stapleton until someone brought it up in here. I was working on a project that was in the same vein as a lot of the songs on Traveller right after it came out. When I sent out the mixes, he referenced a song off that album and asked me why I couldn't make it sound like that song.

My initial reaction went back to the recording stage when I kept trying to get him to keep things simple, but he insisted on layering multiple acoustic and electric guitar tracks, then went to another studio a few months later to add some more stuff last minute. I constantly find myself fighting musicians to keep things simpler, less track and stripped back. Do you have any advise on navigating that sort of thing?

I know I can always just press "mute", but the problem seems bigger than that. The common fear is that "my album is going to sound small", but it's like running into a brick wall trying to convince a lot of people that less can be more. You've always been good at that in your productions and mixes, do I just need to learn to be a better diplomat early on in production?

vancalot 13th November 2017 07:58 PM

Well, this is a tough one. You need to be on the same team with the artist. Thats a tough one because they all have fragile ego's. Mostly. :)
It's probably an earlier rather than later conversation.

If you try and make the recording sound as big as possible first, then it's easy. But if they want to put a bunch of stuff on it, let them, then show them how much better it is with out it.. make a mix with just the most basic elements, then slowly add parts until it's too much.. Like salt in soup... :)
Hopefully the artist see's the light. If not, well suck it up and do what they want because it's their record not yours.