CD Project Update #15 – Swedish Keyboards

I’m pleased to report a couple of exciting new developments on the CD recording front for this week.

After a bit of a stop-start beginning to this year I’m going back into the studio tomorrow for the first recording session for 2011. I hope to finish off all of the main vocal parts.

The exciting part though is that the next day (February 10th), I’ll be recording keyboard parts at Chapel Lane Studios using Swedish producer and keyboard player Stig Lindell.

How all this came about was through a fortunate set of events that to me, demonstrates perfectly the power of networking.

Over the last week I’ve been laying down some bass tracks at Chapel Lane for good friend and amazing singer/songwriter Jay Jaxson’s new CD of which Stig is producing. Jay told me that there was some free time (as in availability not cost) in the studio coming up and that Stig was willing and able to do whatever music work was required.

After experiencing first hand Stig’s keyboard playing (he played some guide keys while I was recording) I jumped at the chance of using him. I asked and he said yes.

It’s amazing what happens when you just ask.

I know that getting the keyboard parts out the way will take a huge load off my mind as finding a good keyboard player with time on their hands to do some recording has been a very challenging task indeed.

What’s left are just the Electric Guitar parts of Darren Zaza plus some extra overdubs such as backing vocals and perhaps some percussion to do and that’s it.

It feels so good to get back into recording mode again. It’s been far too long.


Corey :)

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A Tribute To Mick Karn (1958-2011)

Mick Karn with Japan @ Hammersmith Odeon
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When I heard of Mick Karn‘s passing today it hit me really, really hard. It wasn’t only because I’m a bass player myself but because with Mick’s passing a part of my musical history had vanished too.

You see, in the beginning of my musical development there were two people who inspired me to pick up the bass and that was John Taylor (of Duran Duran) and Mick Karn, but it was Mick who inspired me to rip off the frets on one of my early basses and start playing fretless.

While everyone else was listening to Jaco, I was studying Mick.

For me Mick Karn is one of the most distinctive sounding, unique and amazing fretless bassists I’ve ever heard.

Mick Karn is best known as the bass player for art-rock band Japan. His sound was unique, distinctive and unmistakable and it was this sound that enabled Japan to stand out sonically and musically from the rest of the bands that were part of the New Wave movement in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

The video below is a really good example of how Mick Karn’s brilliantly rubbery and wobbly fretless sound made Japan a truly unique band. The song is called “Visions Of China” and the video is taken from their “Oil On Canvas” live video of 1983.

Oh, this takes me back. Bliss…

I always admired Mick’s approach to his playing. Being essentially self taught he never learnt to read music but he once said…

“I rely very much on my ears. If it sounds as if it’s the right thing, then I’ll keep it, even if it may not be.”

Amen to that Mick, your playing as well as your wisdom will be sorely missed.


Corey :)

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