Mixing at Miner Street

I've just had the privilege of mixing some tracks for the Double King EP with friend and fellow engineer Jon Low at Miner Street Studio in Philadelphia.  Jon has worked with a lot of great artists (Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives, War on Drugs, Twin Sister), to name a few, and is also engineer for many of the Shaking Through sessions.  He brought some really awesome ideas to the table. His approach to creating his own, unique ambiences via guitar pedals, amp spring reverbs, and Leslie cabinets was truly captivating to watch and learn from.  Needless to say, it was very exciting to work with such a talented engineer and to collaborate with him on the mixes.  Check out some photos from the session, and stay tuned for news about the release:

Twin Wave

The New York-based band Twin Wave has enlisted me to produce, record, and mix their debut EP, which we've just started working on. I was heavily involved in the pre-production and demo stages of these songs, so the collaboration between the band members and myself has been very deep.  Unlike many other records I've done where the band performs live or records each layer track by track, the Twin Wave tracks have been built bar by bar, looping different parts to create the basic structure of a tune.  It's been a cool way to work, allowing us to really sculpt each section of the song and forcing us to build dynamics by constantly introducing new elements as the song progresses. We've also been getting some really great tones, putting the studio's recently acquired vintage KM54s (drum overheads), u67s (vocals), and Coles 4038s (drums, room) to good use.  I've also been running a lot of our guitar and synth tracks through the vintage Andre Industries Spring Reverb that I just cleaned up, as well as through the Electro-Harmonix Poly Chorus and Space Echo.  These atmospheric elements combined have given the productions a hazy, kaleidoscopic depth.

Check out some photos of the sessions below (credit: Maxx Berkowitz):

Tica Douglas - "Summer Valentine" LP

I just wrapped up work co-producing, engineering, and mixing Summer Valentine, the debut LP for Brooklyn via Maine singer-songwriter Tica Douglas.  She's got a truly great batch of songs, and I'm very excited to have worked with her on this collection.  We recorded at Barnburner Studios, a facility I've put together in a renovated barn in Patterson, NY, about an hour and fifteen minutes north of the City.  It's a very large, gorgeous space, and I love the challenge of making an unorthodox environment work for recording. The interior is all untreated wood from the 1790s (!), so the room sounds very large and live.  The drums and the guitars especially benefited from the large space, and we kept a room mic at the back of the hall on the entire session to capture the depth of the room. Anyway, we had a blast up in Patterson, and all of the members of Double King and the very talented Kyle Morgan were on hand to flesh out the songs and serve as Tica's backing band.  It was a truly inspiring experience.  I mixed the record at Doctor Wu's in Williamsburg on their beautiful Neve 5088. Check out some photos of the sessions, and look for the album when it is released in May via Kill the Messenger Records.

We're hoping to do more recording up at Barnburner Studios, so get in touch if you're interested in learning more about the space, rates, and on-site lodging (and swimming pool!)

Here are some teaser videos for the album (credit: Gracie Pizzo):

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And here are photos from the session (credit: Gracie Pizzo)