Mix complete!

It was a long haul this week and last night was no exception. I crawled into bed around midnight, but I believe Steve started yesterday around 7am. We had 3 of the final 11 songs to finish mixing yesterday and a ton of small tweaks that took us late into the night. I know, I know .. musicians are supposed to work until 6am hopped up on angel dust and caffeine.  Mostly we just worked and mixed and jabbered about things. Reggie, Thaddeus and Kevin all phoned in final tweaks while Davis, Steve & I sat together and whacked away at it. T'was fun. Best of all we're officially done mixing the album. It's off to Phoenix to be mastered tomorrow (Wednesday).

I had a few moments to reflect on the cold motorcycle ride home. It's amazing to me that we made this album this way: micro-investments from fans, writing and recording all the songs in 6 days, and generally just taking a chill and enthusiastic approach to the whole shebang. We don't know how people will respond to the music but the beautiful part about it is we made it for all the right reasons. We never had to think about label or management people wanting us to be a certain thing or sound a specific way. We just got together and busted out some tunes. Davis called it right a few weeks ago by telling me he feels like this Maktub record is particularly "steriod-free". It's how we like to make music and I think people will dig it. Everyone involved (Steve, Stuart, Kathy, Sarah, etc.) has been in it because they love the band and are friends. That feels good, too.

As for budget: we raised around $10k to pull this off. We've been frugal -- spending on 6 days of studio time, a couple days of overdubs, a week of mixing and a day of mastering. It should come in right at $10k almost to the nickel (there are still a few moving parts).

Here's Steve all intense and listening to a mix early in the afternoon:


2 comments

  • congrats!

    congrats!

    must feel amazing to have done this "your way" and made it to this major milestone point. i cannot wait for the album to get out to your fans and to see the response. i'm sure you can't wait either. way to go, the whole lot of ya (as they'd say here in ireland.) more happy living room dances and funny cat glances right now- and i haven't even had any pints of guinness!

    must feel amazing to have done this "your way" and made it to this major milestone point. i cannot wait for the album to get out to your fans and to see the response. i'm sure you can't wait either. way to go, the whole lot of ya (as they'd say here in ireland.)

    more happy living room dances and funny cat glances right now- and i haven't even had any pints of guinness!

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    Thanks, Jeanne. I talked to everyone today -- the feelings are pretty mutual. The band just feels super proud about what we've created and how we went about it. It's rewarding when the reward is rewarding.

    Thanks, Jeanne. I talked to everyone today -- the feelings are pretty mutual. The band just feels super proud about what we've created and how we went about it. It's rewarding when the reward is rewarding.

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