Last year, I decided to take a couple songs to a studio setting - something which I hadn’t done before. Mainly because I wasn’t able to afford it but also because I was skeptical about the idea of giving so much responsibility to someone over your songs. I had been too precious about it. Having self-produced and recorded everything myself previously, I found my main issues being that it took too much time, because there isn’t a set time-limit I found myself leaving a session for a day or two before returning to it. In a studio, this wouldn’t happen because time = money.
I decided to work with Idlewild’s Rod Jones in Leith’s Post Electric Studio. I’d heard some of their portfolio from local bands and it all sounded f****** great so was ecstatic to get in. And the whole experience was brilliant, Rod aside from being an incredibly quick and creative engineer, provided some invaluable ideas to the songs which I wouldn’t have independently come up with. This, I found, was the biggest positive of recording in a studio. The collaborative workflow can move songs in ways you never expected them to go. For example, one song of mine ‘Question of Love’, I thought I had so set in stone I knew what I wanted it to be. However, Rod suggested listening to ‘War on Drugs’ so the song went from a bright pop song, to something a bit darker and alternative which I really enjoyed.
To anyone that hasn’t worked in a studio setting or even tried producing a song with someone, I highly recommend it. Two brains are better than one and collaboration is key.