I promised the Reverb Nation crowd I would post a bit on what the "Studio Experience" was like for me. Here it is for immediate consumption by all.
The first hard lesson I learned while recording my performances was you're always right on the cusp of sucking. Sensitive studio equipment is always waiting for you to screw up, and when you do it records it in High-Def and plays it back for you at high volume. It heckles you. You cringe. The process repeats itself. It's not all grim though; studio time motivates you to be better in a way that live performances can't. Don't get me wrong - blowing it on-stage totally sucks, but most of the time you have no choice but to move forward and finish the song. Not in the studio, homies.
I can't tell you how many times I'd be at the end of a four-minute vocal performance and horribly, disgustingly miss a note. Because I didn't want a Frankenstein of a dozen different vocal cuts blended together and smoothed out by awesome technology, I would humbly return to the beginning and start over. The same was true for instruments. The bottom line was/is this: The studio musician version of me needed hard work. Luckily, I really dig on making music, so it didn't actually seem like work to me. It pushed me over new obstacles and taught me a lot about my style, both singing and playing. What I ended up with was a halfway decent album (we've all heard worse) and a new-found appreciation for the work that goes into studio performances. Next go 'round I'll be more-readier for what lies ahead. Don't talk shit, "more-readier" is how I say it. Cope.
The moral of this story is the studio experience is rad, but also sometimes poopy. The End.
- Josh Smith