As a DIY studio musician, I inevitably feel this need to create contraptions that will make my recording workflow easier but also at the same time help my wallet. I present to you some ridiculous confections that I make use daily.
My first encounter with the universe of The Who was at the music conservatory in France, almost a decade ago. I have to thank my drum teacher for this. She came one day with a stacked set of stapled paper and told me to read it for the next lesson. It was the printed Wikipedia page of The Who. “Are you familiar with rock operas?” she added. I didn’t even know who The Who were.
As much as I dislike rankings, I would definitely put The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars at one of the top spots in a list of best albums. I’ll tell you the reasons why.
First off, I’d like to mention that I entirely wrote, recorded and produced my first demos alone at home. Therefore, I believe I have a few comments to share with people out there, like me, that are one-man bands of the studio: essentially multi-instrumentalists that have a precise goal of becoming a single musical entity on recorded material.
Last month, I received a beautiful photography book by Bruno Ducourant. My Generation, Only Rock And Roll ? is a collection of black and white photographs from 1968 to 1974. These images depict classic rock legends such as Led Zeppelin, The Who and The Rolling Stones, captured in their initial spark of future stardom.