February 7, 2011

Stand-in Manager & Finding a Producer

Today is the first day of the rest of my musical career. There are no more excuses and I want to be transparent to you, my fans. Currently, my path involves the following 2 main items:

CRYSTAL AS STAND-IN MANAGER Haven’t blogged in a few weeks. I hope you’ve missed me. I’ve missed you! This week has been a turning point. I’ve decided to ask my girl and trusted friend, Crystal, to be my stand-in manager for the next 2 months. I can’t do everything on my own and want to make sure I continue asking for help on the things I’m not good at. And assembling a team is something I suck at. So she’s agreed to help corral my workflow as well as kick my butt to make me “manageable”, so in 2 months I am ready as a musician to actually seek a real manager: practicing and making sure my expressions and mood match whichever song I’m doing. There’s a lot to the performance and I really appreciate the help. I’ll be video-ing individual songs, reviewing them with her and taking notes in terms of the performance as well as production refinement.

FIND A PRODUCER TO DEVELOP MY SOUND I’ve started looking for a studio at which to record. It’s been tough – getting the run-around from a reputed studio in Atlanta. Then just going with a google search I found one near me. I found one that’s 15 or so minutes from the house and I trust I’ll get a good product. However, I’ve realized what I really need is a producer who can “produce” me. There’s a big difference between someone recording you and getting the “sounds” correct versus someone who is pushing you – or creatively matching you in the studio. I think the best way to do this is just to try one song out. So I’m going to work on recomposing and developing “Crisis Island”.

“Why that song?” you may ask. “It’s not really my favorite…”

Well, I’ve got a trick up my sleeve, and if you’re FB friends with JAKE RATHBURN and “Become a Fan” of JAKE RATHBURN MUSICIAN, you’ll hear about it soon and it will all make sense.

Thanks so much and wish me luck!

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