Last week I was asked by a friend of mine Jamal - a Hip Hop artist - to join him in the studio. What? Now, what in the WORLD could a Neo-folky-americana-ish-blues-infused-acoustic-string-twanger possibly do there?
Turns out, quite a bit.
We spent a few hours creating loops for him to use. I laid down a couple of lap steel grooves that he then cut and looped to create a sonic bed over which he'll add his lyrics and beats. I did several banjo tracks that he layered and looped. I added bass to some. It was supremely cool.
So. We sat in the studio together, headphones on, me playing - improvising - to a click track provided by the engineer. When Jamal heard a part that he liked he'd have me repeat the part several times. He'd then cut the part into segments - usually 2 - 4 bar snippets and loop them. Then we'd move on to another improv, usually in a different register, where the process was repeated.
Fascinating. Inspiration and edification are everywhere if we're open to it.
It was incredible to get such an intimate peek into the creative process of an artist in action. Thanks, Jamal, let's do it again.
We here at the House Of Strays wish you a pleasant week. Be kind to one another - we're all we've got.
Here's a tune from my most recent record Right, Raw or Wrong:LIVE - "Everybody's Just A Heartbeat Away". I hope you enjoy....