Putting the finishing touches on two new LOS productions this month. The first is the legendary David Garza’s new record which I have the honor of engineering and producing. Got ten amazing songs in the can with a couple of outtakes to boot. Loving this record…what started out as an experiment in minimalism has turned into something of an iconic Texas statement, as sparse and open as the roads of West Texas you can often find him on, but rockin as early T Rex meets, dare I say, White Album era Beatles? I don’t know…whatever, it kicks ass, I’ll spare you my weak attempt at music journalism. Some of the best songs I’ve ever gotten to play on, some of the coolest sounds I’ve ever gotten in my studio and our palette consists solely of what’s within it’s walls. Looking to wrap up this month and sharing some more about it.
Also finishing up 4 singles for local big band powerhouse Hard Proof. You may know them from one of the many bands they moonlight in…Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Calm Blue Sea, The Echocentrics, etc etc. The band is a beast, big, bold and bad, and we captured some of the magic at East Austin Recorders with my partner in grime, Sam Patlove, engineering. The collective talent of the band is off the meter and harnessing things like that can be a challenge with so many members, but my job is made easier when each musician is tasteful as hell. Look for some vinyl singles this fall!
Just wrapped up a remix for my man in Paris, Grant Phabao. He’s done countless remixes for my projects with his hard roots sound. I gladly traded the favor for a song called “African Man”, stripped it down to its core and rebuilt it as a folk funk tune, with a splash o’ psychedelia.