The Easy Leaves - Comin’ In Easy
Just wanted to drop in with some photos and a little story time from my sessions with The Easy Leaves last weekend. We got down on some dope California country western at Prairie Sun in Cotati [which is one of those really special studios that you can only find in a place like Sonoma County]. I took another dip in the pool of analog escapades, tracking on a Studer A827 & an unreal Neve 8026 [if you’ve geeked out on Dave Grohl’s Sound City at all, you’ll appreciate this combo]. We knocked out 4 songs, all tracked live [with vocals!] in a day, then mixed a day later at Bob Weir’s place. I had the chance to stay analog right up until printing the final mixes, which is one of the most high fidelity experiences one can have. It just never gets old to me making records like this.
The Easy Leaves are an incredible pair of dudes backed by some of the best players we have in Northern California. It was so refreshing to make music in such a fluid way, constantly in a state of letting go and moving on, all for the sake of seeing the music put on its pants and walk out the door. Truly a pleasure! Enjoy these photos and look out for the ep Fresno in the next few weeks.
[photos by my soulmate, Erin Moriarity for Citizen Snap Photography
Zoo Labs - Researching the Future
I really owe it to myself and the team at Zoo Labs in Oakland to post more about all the sweet stuff that’s happening out here in the 510! I’ve been heading up the production & engineering on residencies hosted at this incredible studio & development facility in the last few months. Halcyonaire, Bells Atlas & ElectroSpit [Bosko Kante/Pete Miser/Fuze the MC] have been part of this research mission to try and shape the wide open future that is our music industry. Its not about the money, ya’ll. Its about forging a career that is individualized to each artist, based on who they are at their core no matter where the journey leads them. Where we’re going has nothing to do with selling music to fans & casual listeners. It is on this cusp that we have the opportunity to shake these big questions out and make the world we create art in a positive, expansive and limitless one.
Check out this vid from Northbound Films that highlights what I’m talking about, as well as what this mission is about. Cheers to moving forward in the way thats right for you, no matter what you do.