A-Z Music Production Series: Introducing Arthur G

Hey, what’s up guys? David Glenn of davidglennrecording.com and theproaudiofiles.com.

If you’ve been with us for a little bit, you may remember I announced a free A-Z music production series with my buddy, Jeris Cole, we’re going to take and we have Cole, we listened to some of his songs, and Water Under the Bridge won the vote, that’s still going to be coming your way, but man, I really don’t want to let this linger anymore.
We’ve had some schedule conflicts, and Jeris has since been engaged, and he’s got a lot going on in his world right now, so we’re going to fast forward to my buddy, Arthur G, and feature his new song, it’s called, “The Sky’s Grace,” and I’m going to be producing a church EP for them.Live recording, a live worship night, all this cool stuff, and that’s coming this summer. I’m going to record and document that process and share it with you as well here at The Pro Audio Files and at David Glenn Recording, but right now, we’re going to focus in on a radio single that he’s brought to me, and I just heard it for the first time last night. We played through some chords, showed me the lyrics, showed me the basic melody and everything he’s got.

He’s trusting me, one of my good friends, to produce this song from A-Z, and so I’m going to document that, do tutorials along the way, and then if you’re not familiar with how I announced it with Jeris, every step of the way, every time we record something, be it bass, drums, guitarists, keys, horns, whatever, you’re going to get access to those files over at davidglennrecording.com, and I’ll put the link in the description, but every step of the way, you’re going to be able to actually download those.

So if you’re a guitar player and you want to get rid of our guitars and do your own thing, by all means, you can do that. You can download the drums if you are a beat producer, or a drummer, and you want to do your own drums, then ditch ours, and record your own.

Maybe you’re a full producer. You do production A-Z, you’re a keys and guitar player and you do it all. Then you can take our scratch track and build a song around the scratch track.

The only stipulation is you cannot sell it. You can use it for your resume, you can produce it through and through and send it out to your friends and family, you can market your services with it, enjoy the process. I want to bring this to you for resume building, portfolio building, and then to experience the process, A-Z.
So we appreciate you playing by the rules, and from there, we’re going to move into showing you the song. I’m going to talk a little bit about the reference.

I’m going to re-record the scratch acoustic, add some dynamics and do my thing to it, and then we’re going to host an interview with my co-producer, Victor Encarnacion, and my engineer friend Neil Devereaux, and then we’ve got Arthur G, who’s the artist, and we’re going to be doing a Skype call talking about the song, and then we’re just going to go step by step through the entire process.

I’ve got some arrangement concerns, I’ve got some lyrical suggestions, I’ve got some melody suggestions. We’ve got a lot of work to do. This is the very first step, so without talking too much more, here we go. This is a couple snippets of the song. This is called Disguised Grace, by Arthur G.

[song plays]

Okay. So, just kind of give you guys a little introduction, you’re going to be able to download these at the link in the description below. Just to kind of give you a quick snippet, there we go, we kind of introduced the song to you.

The first thing that I want to address is we’ve got a lot of work to do, and the reference he gave me for this song is not something we’re trying to nail or stick to, just a song that he digs that’s kind of hot right now from Hillsong United called touch the sky, and so the production is actually kind of cool, I was digging it.

It’s got that ambient vibe, got a bit of a drum loop thing going on, it builds and does it’s thing. I’m going to play a snippet of that one now. Here we go.

[song plays]

I’m going to fast forward out here. Very cool. Pretty unique, interesting vocal arrangement there.

I love her voice, very cool. I love the production, I think it’s a nice direction. I’ve got some ideas of my own, I know Vic is going to have some, Arthur is going to have some more suggestions after that, but there you kind of have an introduction to it.

The next video, I’m going to walk you through myself, re-recording the scratch acoustic and talking about some of the arrangement things that I hear personally, and then I’m going to make those files available to you – actually, they will already be available by the time you’re watching this video, and you can check that out.

Davidglennrecording.com, and here we go. I’m excited, I hope you guys are too. I hope you find value in this. The A-Z series music production series from David Glenn Recording. 

David Glenn

David Glenn

David Glenn is a producer/engineer/musician based out of Orlando, FL. Credits include: Pablo Villatoro, Blanca Callahan (Group 1 Crew), Aimee Allen, and more. Learn more and get in touch at davidglennrecording.com.
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