Mix: Braving The Atlantic about to drop…

August 25, 2010

In June I mixed an EP for Dave Hedin and his new solo project Braving the Atlantic. The songs are some of the coolest, most interesting and rocking material I’ve heard from anyone in a long time. There are moments of influence from bands like The Killers, Bloc Party and Snow Patrol. It’s very much it’s own thing and I’m excited for it to be released.

During mixing Dave made a couple of videos that I’ll share below. Mostly us trying to get work done while tornado season is in full swing here in Colorado.

For those who have asked, Dave basically recorded and produced the whole thing himself. I helped track basics with drummer Brian McRae up at The Wrecking Room (aka: www.drumoverdubs.com). Then the ubiquitous Jimmy Stofer came in for bass tracks. After that Dave holed himself up and played all of the rest of the instruments himself. There are some humorous videos on his site chronicling the recording process which happened over the past year. I highly recommend you check them out!

In the meantime, “Ignition EP” officially releases on August 31st, 2010, but there’s a listening party at The Walnut Room in Denver on Monday August 30th at 8PM. See you there!

In The Studio: Mixing from Braving The Atlantic on Vimeo.

In The Studio: Tornado from Braving The Atlantic on Vimeo.

Olivia Rudeen EP “Until Now” Release!

June 17, 2010

I am excited to announce the release of a fantastic EP I recently produced for Denver-based singer-songwriter Olivia Rudeen! The 5-song EP “Until Now” is Olivia’s first solo effort. The songs are fantastic, well crafted acoustic-based tunes, kind of Americana, almost roots-rock in vibe.

Don’t let Olivia fool you: she’s only 19 but blew me away with her work ethic and attention to detail. We had a lot of fun on this project and Olivia did a more than admirable job putting up with my lame jokes.

About the Production

Preproduction began in early March and we started tracking later in the month. Drums were recorded at Monument Sound by engineer Chris Andrews with Colorado Springs-based drummer Kevin Garland at the kit.

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Chris Andrews at Monument Sound dialing in the tones...

Back up at The Hook Factory, we tracked great friend and amazing bassist Jimmy Stofer. IMG 0930 small 150x112 Olivia Rudeen EP Until Now Release!Olivia tracked all of the acoustics, some electric guitars, and additional electrics were performed by Dave Hedin, Paul Murin and guest engineer Ted Swan (who spent a week with me in April and was kind enough to lay down some sweet tracks on Austin). Yours truly even made a guest appearance on ukulele!

At the end of April I mixed the EP and sent it off to none other than Brian Gardner for mastering.

The EP is available for order online now, but Olivia’s official release date on iTunes is June 29, 2010.

-Justin

Piano Ballad Challenge With Saints

April 6, 2009

Lewi (drummer for the band Saints) sure knew how to catch me off guard in this video.  I did pretty well coming up with Total Eclipse of the Heart (or at least I thought), but totally bombed the Meat Loaf tune. Check it out!

Things are really coming along with the Saints project – look for the release sometime next month!

-Dave