When the headphones were on my ears I started to hear the pulse of blood inside of my head due to all external noise being blocked out. I then noticed that the sound of the pulse changed when I moved my jaw. When my jaw was relaxed, it beat normally. When my jaw was clenched the sound i heard was similar to when you kink a garden hose and the water starts flowing out very quickly. I looked this up and there was actually a study that examined blood flow through the cerebral artery and the physical state of your jaw. In fact when ones jaw is clenched the velocity of blood (as shown in an MRI) increased greatly through the brain.
I am no doctor but common sense tells me this is bad and could cause damage to your arteries over time.
It reminded me of something i heard once: That if your jaw is not relaxed, than no part of your body can be relaxed.
Having been around this cesspool of the music industry a couple times now has really allowed me to gain some perspectives that I definitely didn’t have going in.
Having been on the receiving end of bad business and ethical practices as well as having many very strong business friendships has led me to examine the relationships I build and the work i choose more closely.
here are some thoughts that seem like common sense issues, but are rarely adhered to.
Do good business with people. This means keep your word. Be straight forward. Be on time. Help people whenever you are able, but if you are not able to help, let them know. Living in grey areas are not good business practices.
Be very clear about compensation and responsibilities. If you are investing your sweat equity or capital into someones brand, or if someone is investing in your brand, then define the relationship on paper. This will prevent potential misunderstandings and save relationships.
Follow you gut. If you are a leery of someone but do not have cause to be……..BE LEERY of them. Dont wait for the facts to reveal themselves. Stay guarded with those individuals.
Trust is a beautiful thing, but it must be earned over time. Once trust is breeched it will almost never return to what it was.
If someone shows you who they are with their actions or inactions, then believe them. Words and good intentions can only go so far.
Being respectful of people’s time goes a long way.
Give more than you take.
Be fair and realistic.
Try not to let anything fall into negativity, but be willing to cut out those who take advantage, cause stress and are self serving.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with some phenomenal people that I would catch a bullet for if it came to it. I’ve also experienced and have witnessed others experience some pretty nasty situations that have ended in wasted time, energy and money. Learning how to identify red flags and avoid potentially toxic situations without sacrificing opportunity is just as important to success as whatever talent one may have.
A while back i was mixing a song that was horribly done. Frustrated, I went on a twitter rant and dropped #23 jewels of knowledge. I was asked to blog them in one place but never did. In reverse order here they are thanks to www.allmytweets.com
#23 vocalists. your headphone mix and volume is SUPER important to your performance. SPEAK UP. 287 days ago
#22 working with artists you gotta be a psychologist. foster an environment that will keep them in the zone. 287 days ago
@djmainevent lol, be my guest. ill copy yours when you do….lol 287 days ago
@LateefDameer i own atleast 6k in mogami. get em anywhere but GC they wont give out price breaks on them 287 days ago
#22 when you stop feelin it, take a break, go to sleep, smoke a joint, live your life. 287 days ago
#21 you cant master everything, work with people who are better than you 287 days ago
#21 use attack and release settings on your drums to perfect the pocket 287 days ago
#20 dont quantize everything. 287 days ago
#19 tune your drums to the track 287 days ago
#18 tune your instruments to the sample. use your ears 287 days ago
@JMoneyRed everytime i gotta wait on technology i think of something new. lol 287 days ago
#18 use the expensive cable. spend that money. 287 days ago
@ThisIsWitness not bad, i dont find myself going to them too often tho….i like eq better than the comp 287 days ago
i am about to murder this guitar on this @slaveangelmusic track #thebase 287 days ago
@idubl the rate varies, just hit me up when you are close to ready and well work something out. 287 days ago
@idubl for final mixes to be released i urge my clients to use a real mastering engineer like dave kutch. 287 days ago
@idubl im not a big fan of maximizers, if im doing a ruff mix may use a touch of psp xenon, or massey l2007— 287 days ago
@idubl the net is your friend. send them my way next time you need one mixed. 287 days ago
smaller and smaller.your movements in the mix at first will be broad, and they will get finer towards the end. usually till the 10th of a db 287 days ago
think of mixing and creating a song like sculpting. you start with a big block, chipping away large pieces, as you move on, the pieces get 287 days ago
fts in the mix. same for predelay. its not about numbers, its about massaging everything until it fits. 287 days ago
one more thing about the reverb times—-you should use the bpm calulator as a starting point, and tweak slightly longer or shorter till it 287 days ago
#17 its okay to push some analog gear into the red, this is what will give you character at times. digital in the red = harsh and distorted 287 days ago
the length and type of verb you use depends on your taste and what the song is asking for. 287 days ago
at 100bpm for a singer with a long verb of 2400ms, (whole note) try predelays of 75ms (64th note) or 150 ms (32nd note). 287 days ago
it is very common to use longer predelays on singers. this is how you can put a HUGE verb on a singer and still keep them sounding close 287 days ago
next use the same rule to calculate predelay. predelay is how long between the original sound and when the reverb begins. 287 days ago
The essence of what I do is try to make music that means something to people and that will last. With that being said, the ideas that I have….even the techniques I utilize in the studio all a means to that end. Here are a few things that I have learned over the years.
1. Support the artist and their vision. We as producers/engineers and anyone else involved in an artist’s career should put aside their ego’s and focus on making the vision of the artist come to life. Yes there are those situations where the artist has no vision, or a wack one. In these situations I suggest finding a new artist or collecting your check and moving on.
2. Do not emulate what is popular. I cant tell you how many times I’ve been asked to replicate so and so’s sound on their new “hot” track. Most people don’t see the problem in this, especially if they are of the 1st wave of copycats. In fact they often feel innovative for copying 1st. I guess maybe I’m cut from a different cloth. SMH.
3. Get the idea out RIGHT NOW and record it. Do not wait. Record it in your iphone, garage band. Whatever you have to do, because when that moment is gone then the time for that idea has past and you will never get it back. I believe this one reason why great artists seem to be so aloof. They follow that wave and set everything else to the side when it hits.
This tumblr is an addendum to my website www.mikechav.com. On this page I’ll post links to video tutorials, articles & blog entries about recording, production and maybe some opinionated rants about shit that pisses me off. Thank you.