For the little story, for those who know me are aware I like to tell the stories that are behind the creation of a song, here it is :
A few days ago, I listened to this song from Don, I am a big fan of his work (both the electric a bit noisy in the acoustic calmer, he really has a great talent and it is a sacred singer-songwriter). On the soundcloud,time-line, I left a comment with my impressions on the first mix. Comment that Don has received in a very constructive way and we started shortly after a long conversation on Facebook about mixing options available for this song. Don sent me several versions of mixes and on my side I tried to mix and equalise some of these versions, but I could not really finding to nothing, because I was working on the mp3 tracks already mixed and obviously compressed to mp3 format
At the end of this extremely long & constructive exchange, I've come to tell me that the best way to express what I felt would to offer my own version. So I asked Don if he would want me to do a cover of his song and he had the great kindness to accept. The same evening, I began to reflect and record a single drums line played with a small pad. I readjusted as best I could, made some adjustments to the sound and compresssion and I went to sleep on it.
The next day, after a good Italian coffeemaker, I started to record the lead guitar (which I doubled, in fact). Once mixed the two guitars, I listened to it again and again and myself decided to attack the vocals. As I'd just recovered from a serious flu, frankly I wondered if my voice would be able to do the trick. I recorded three lead vocals tracks. A main without too much effect nor too much treble and the other two with a radio effect intentionally forced. One would be seated on the left of the mix and the other on the right with some effects of pan and low volume, just enough to restore a more metallic tone overall. Then I balanced all remixed and re-listened to…
Remained choirs and additional guitars to add, but at that time, I realized that what was missing the most was a bass line, a bit heavy, and dynamic binary. I don’t have more bass now (I must say that I miss it often!) So I worked the bass line with one of my guitars (a Variax JT69 in telecaster mod - neck pickup) and passed through a distortion & octaver. From there, the heart of the song began to beat correctly! I chained the choirs, two additional tvocals tracks and the fear of my voice collapsed along the way as I still had to work hard in the treble, but finally everything went well. At the end, I add some screaming guitars and one with a strong tremolo, to inject a little more wicked darkness at all ... Then I let it rest and I went to prepare another coffee before starting a final mix on the mastertrack.
Oh yeah, one last detail, but very important: I worked all this recording with the original mix from Don as a control track and during the mixing, I decided to keep the track, turning it into a far radio effect, slightly left in the mix. Thus, the voice of Don is present on the final mix as well as some of his guitars. Initially, it was just a twinkling but ultimately I think it gives another dimension to the song.
That's the story. I hope you enjoy the song!
Can you even hear me?
Why should you need to fear me?
I can see your future,
up above my TV screen.
I can feel you watching,
even though I can't be seen.
What do you have against me?
Why do you resent me?
I can hear your laughing,
coming through these paper walls.
Can you feel me shaking?
Does it make your skin crawl?
Why do you have to hate me?
Why is it you don't love me?
I can feel your heart beat
fast and heavy in my hand.
It's too late for pleading.
Yeah, I know you understand.
I can see your future
up upon my paper wall.
I don't care if you're breathing,
I just want another doll.
Why are you not moving?