SLB In The Trailer Ep11
In this episode we interview the uber talented Matt Nakoa with his classical piano background and a lifetime of musical influences he blends jazzy vocal scats with pop guitar riffs and lush piano appreggios to make you swoon in your seat. We discuss unplugging to connect back to life, booking an independent tour, songwriting and collaboration. We even drift in time to his favorite time of Paris in the 1830s. Matt Nakoa is not only talented, but laser focused on his musical mission and charges his songs with thought provoking lyrics. Take a listen to how he is navigating the indie music scene and has pulled up his roots to help his music fly. This episode includes great live clips of Matt’s performance at PutnamsUnplugged musical series in Brooklyn, NY. Download the episode and take it with you on the go.
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Listen to podcast interview on SLB In The Trailer page
Amazing how some dreams mirror our reality and some are abstractions from our reality. Below we have Devlin’s dream recount for all those dream interpreters out there.
The best interpretation wins a Sweet Little Bloodhound T-shirt
I was driving in my little old car – Geo Prizm “Myrtle-the-Turtle”, who has gotten us places in this world…moving on….I was driving slowly upon seeing someone else parked illegally and the tow truck came- and I thought “they are gonna tow that person,” but before I knew they were about to tow me by mistake and then quickly the dream shifted to towing the illegally parked car. I then drove to the end of the street and this was very clear I accelerated to take a left turn and I turned the wheel a hard left and the steering broke the car began accelarating to the right into the field and I couldn’t turn or brake the car, I knew I was going to crash into the woods and I braced for the crash, next thing the car had crashed so deep in the woods that no one would ever find me… I had to get out on my own if I wanted to be rescued. I finally caught up with my wife Kim in the dream and we were getting medical treatment I seemed ok and when I finally looked down my second toe was all askew and I had a huge gash in the middle of my foot. Then I woke up…ready go.
6 episodes in and learning every episode. This episode we learned the importance of microphone stability, which might seem obvious, but it wasn’t when we were recording, however it became evidently clear on editing as we shared 2 mics between 3 people and there was a lot of mic noise. Also on previous episodes we were able to include live clips from the performances, but we had sound level issues on the recording – not clear if it was because both Cal and Pete used pedals and EQ’d themselves or if our levels were not adjusted from the mixing board, therefore we included a little SLB Don’t Take It Personal Clip. Check it out here
This episodes we discussed
Identifying your audience, Artist EPK services – Sonicbids, Reverbnation, Video platforms YouTube and Vimeo
Link to the Identifying Your Audience article and tips by DigiFreq
This video/podcast is the first episode of “SLB In The Trailer” featuring commercial photographer Kim Nicholais, who will be photographing and documenting “Putnam’s Unplugged”
Putnam’s Unplugged is a weekly Sunday Night Music Series at Putnam’s Pub & Cooker, 419 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY hosted by Devlin Miles of Sweet Little Bloodhound, who will interview all the featured artist for our weekly podcast series of “SLB – In The Trailer”.
SLB – In The Trailer podcasts focus is to help other indie artists with tips from acts that are also out there making it happen and figuring out what makes them tick and how they approach their songwriting and where they draw their influences.
In this episode Kim and Devlin discuss what they are hoping to build at Putnam’s with a community of songwriters and bands that are all competing for some air time in NYC and how this little Brooklyn venue and neighborhood can bring the cool back to gigging in NYC and be an intimate place for artists to connect with their fans and for fans to feel a part of the show. Feel free to leave comments on how to improve it, questions you want to ask, or better yet come to “Putnam’s Unplugged” and be a part of the excitement.
Introducing: (drum roll)
SLB In The Trailer Episode 1 Kim Nicholais
Related Links to Podcast:
Nicholais Photography http://www.NicholaisPhotography.com
Bride-and-Joy Photography http://www.Bride-and-Joy.com
Putnam’s Pub http://www.PutnamsPub.com
Sweet Little Bloodhound In The Trailer https://www.sweetlittlebloodhound.com/InTheTrailer
Avoid the ‘Uh-Oh’ Moment:
10 Things to remember when you are in the middle of recording your project by Devlin Miles
- There is a beginning, middle, and end
- The Beginning everything is exciting and you are excited to hear your song come to life, energy is high, people are focused, the money is available
- The Middle – spending too much time with people, people work and process in different ways, communication is key, too soon to judge the end product, be mindful of time wasters, focus wanes and the work begins, devil is in the details, be sure to have good back-ups the project is half over you want to make sure that if anything happens you have all the work you have invested in thus far.
- The End – Things are wrapping up and the songs are finally taking shape, you can see the deadline, you need to get re-focused as the money is running out tempers and attitudes are flaring, people are getting testy, personality traits are shining through, weaknesses and strengths. You might need to be resourceful in how to get more money to finish the project to your liking, be aware of someone milking the budget because they don’t have anything else on the books, communicate your deadlines and be consistent with your follow up. Get all your files backed up and be sure that they are accessible- have another studio or friend check to see that the files are legible and that you will have what you need when you are pitching your tunes for Film/TV, correct charts and lyrics sheets as things can sometimes change in production, so you have them for live shows to send out to musicians on a moments notice.
- Getting the mixes–
- Your folders should look something like this:
- get all the final mixes and save them in a folder for you to send on to mastering, get instrumental versions of the songs, I suggest having the final mix saved in 2 places: on your drive and on your computer and/or on the cloud, so you can save each song in a separate folder with charts and lyrics, Clouds- make file sharing so easy when you work with people in different locations.
- Song title: Echo
- Echo – Mp3 or mp4
- Final mix wav and AIFF
- Instrumental Echo
- Background Echo track for karaoke or track singing
- Echo Chart.pdf
- Echo chord and lyric reference.pdf
- Back-up, back- up, back-up – Be sure to back –up every time now, there are some final nuances that happen every edit and you want the latest version. Be sure to “bounce’ the tracks after every session, so you will be able to listen to the latest version of your edits
- Don’t settle– you have come this far, do not settle. If the drums aren’t as crisp as you want them, tell the engineer. If you hate the background vocals or lead vocals do them again! Yes, time is money, but this is a product that you have to be proud of because you are the one that is going to be out there promoting it. I know from experience if you are not proud of the product you won’t take pride in ownership when you are promoting the Cd!
- Know when to say when – this might seem like a direct conflict with what I said above, but it is important to know when you have tweaked enough, there comes a time when you have to let the song, music, and lyrics tell the story and not let the littlest things in the mix get in the way of the song. If you have others listen to it and they point it out, then you know it has to be fixed.
- Listen on many different kinds of systems – Listen through earphones, car stereos, little speakers, and big speakers because you will hear different things. It also will give you a better understanding of what mastering will do. It will even out all the frequencies and get the song to sound consistent on all forms of playback
- Let others In – Select a few people to listen to the tracks and get their thoughts –warning make sure you are ready for honest feedback at this point. Point out any concerns you might have after they have listened and see if they agree. Warning if they aren’t hearing the song at this point, something is off in the mix, they shouldn’t be so distracted with the mix that they can’t hear the tune. Also be sure to pick people that enjoy and are familiar with your genre of music. For example, don’t ask cousin Sarah to listen to a metal tune if she hates metal- she has no frame of reference, like wise for Rap, Singer/songwriter, etc.
- Get out of your head –the reason you are doing this is to share it, don’t be so critical of yourself and others that you cripple the project. No one wants to work with a dictator or boss that is unappreciative, let others help you bring it to life and allow them the space to create around your frame work with that said – pay attention when someone really makes a tune stronger and decide whether you think it is worthy of a monetary recognition or a possible co-write. Warning you will be tied to this person as soon as you share co-writes, so be sure that they are going to help you promote it and take ownership, if they don’t strike you as motivated to help the song, don’t tie yourself to someone for life. They were paid and signed a “Work For Hire” agreement, correct? A must!!!
- Be kind and ask for help – This is really important, remember you need these people to make your songs great, so be kind in all your communications and even when speaking of the person, who might not have done their best performance on your song. Everyone has lives and unfortunately your project might not have made it on their priority list, so they didn’t perform to your standards, but when speaking of them in the professional world speak kindly as you never know who knows who and how everyone is interconnected within your little world. The second part of this point is to ask for help. When you need help finishing up a piece or when you are out of money, but still need something done, when you speak kindly and ask for help you might be surprised, who will rise to the occasion. Someone else might believe in your songs as much as you and want to be involved in your project and consider a co-write as payment or a payment plan, but be sure to honor the commitment, if this person pulls through for you and always refer that person- what goes around comes around!
- Be honest – honest when the money is running out, honest when you don’t like the reference mixes. Rather than sitting, bitching, and worrying about what you don’t like about the producer, engineer, musician, tracks, the process, discuss it with the person, so you can leave the communication open. We are all here to learn from one another and if you prefer to receive pretty polished mixes to share with your BG Vocalists and other additional instrumentalists speak up. This is also in the best interest for the producer/engineer as well because they want to put their best foot forward too to potential clients – (see 10 Things producers should know when working with indie artists)
Avoid The Uh-oh Moment PDF