The Isolationist’s Guide to Recording Vocals and Guitar in the Safety and Comfort of Your Own Home

$ Pay What you Can

This workshop is designed to help you get a better grasp on recording your vocals and guitar with enough quality so that you can send them to a studio or producer who can then put them to music and provide you with a radio ready version of your new songs. I have worked in this fashion with songwriters in different states and countries with great success, and I look forward to helping you learn or improve your techniques so you can generate great sounding tracks. We’ll talk about the sound of your space, equipment you can use at various price points, and the techniques that pertain to capturing good sounds.

When it’s time to record a radio ready version of that new song, many songwriters and musicians are used to going to a studio to cut their tracks. That’s certainly how I started back in the 80’s, but for me, I loved recording, and I knew I’d have to find a way to set up my own way to do it whenever the spirit moved me. To that end, I was a super early adopter of the concept of the home recording studio. Basement 3 Productions was originally formed around the idea of a mobile recording studio and grew to be a combination of my own small studio at home, a mobile rig, and pretty soon began incorporating file sharing so I could work with people anywhere in the world, never having to actually be in the same room.

Forward to 2020, and along comes COVID-19 – now this concept is not only convenient—it is necessary. It’s also an important time to make music to help people through these hard times, and it’s also a time where many are stuck at home and have some time to focus on writing new songs.

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Online Production Workshop
with Kenny Schick – January 19, 2020

Online Music Production Workshop with Kenny Schick of B3PMusic.com for West Coast Songwriters wcs.org – for members and non members!

Kenny Schick will be hosting an Online Production Workshop January 19th from 10AM-11AM. Only 25 spots available so be sure to sign up! Member price is $50, non-member price is $65. Please be sure your membership is current. Join or renew today! 

Kenny Schick Online Production Workshop WCS

From Kenny: I am looking forward to presenting the music Online Production Workshop on January 19th, and I’m excited to be part of the first online workshop for WCS where I’ll join y’all from my studio in Nashville.

Online Production Workshop

This particular workshop came to be in response to a repeated theme during song screenings, and that theme was that production really needs to be considered when pitching songs—both for artists and licensing opportunities. High quality production is now expected in all arenas of the music industry, and this even includes demos.

We will be picking 3 songs (maybe more if we have time) from demos you send in to discuss in terms of how I would approach them from a production standpoint: a style I’d imagine the song in, instruments and sounds I’d use, composition, arrangement, etc. Even if we don’t choose your song, there is plenty to learn listening to ideas I might apply to the chosen songs, as the concepts I use that are specific to one song also contain general principles I apply to any song I am working on.

I hope to give you ideas that you can use to better plan end results of your songs as you begin to write them—a mindset of imagining what a song can become, not just what it is in terms of lyrics and chords.

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About KENNY SCHICK

 

Kenny Schick is a Producer, Recording/Mixing Engineer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer Songwriter
& Photographer – Nashville & Bay Area – B3Pmusic.com Kenny specializes in helping solo artists
& singer songwriters create, develop & record fully produced and mastered songs.

Taking decades of recording experience and mastery of many instruments, he has a unique and custom approach to every song and works with all types of artists world wide. He writes/produces music for tv & film, and performs live and as a session musician for many well known national and international projects. Kenny has written/produced 5 solo albums, produced 3 albums (latest release 2019) with his duo ArtemesiaBlack, and has produced/co-produced and appeared on hundreds of other albums and songs for other artists. Notable artists he has worked with: Bobby McFerrin, Greg Camp of SmashMouth, GC Cameron – Temptations, Hershel Yatovitz (Chris Isaak band), No Doubt, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Judy Mowat (Bob Marley band) and countless others.

WHAT KENNY HAS TO SAY ABOUT KURT: Kurt Gundersen is one of those artists who really makes me love my job—he writes thoughtful cool songs and has a wide open mind for where they can go. Kurt contacted me just by chance on LinkedIn—it was mid September of 2017, and Sabine and I had just decided we were headed to Nashville, so Kurt was one of the last people I booked while still living in California.

We recorded tracks for a few songs, and then I worked on them up until the time we left. Kurt’s initial demos gave me a very acoustic, folky vibe, so that’s what I initially came back with…he liked them, but thought the might be a little too tame…then we talked about his influences more—Tom Petty, Camper Van Beethoven, etc., and I knew then I didn’t have to be conservative in terms of production…that’s when the fun really started and we both were able to really think of many more possibilities for his songs.

We got the first 2 songs done and then we continued to work after I got to Nashville, passing files back and forth via Dropbox, which is actually mostly how I work. We’d get the basics and feel of the songs dialed in, then on my bi-monthly trips back to California, we’d get into a studio and record his parts. The songs would then be completed and mixed here in my Nashville studio. The process was super fun, and I’m super proud of Kurt and his really great 1st album. I’m really proud of the very cool end product we came up with, and now it’s time for the world to enjoy his great songs!

WHAT KURT HAS TO SAY ABOUT KENNY: Kenny is so awesome to work with! He’s gentle, kind, helpful and supportive. He’s a great musician, singer, and producer and has a ton of creativity and interesting ideas. He can take general ideas I have and run with them. He gets what I mean even if I can’t clearly articulate it – we speak the same language. I think of him as my John, Paul, George, Ringo AND George Martin all rolled into one person! He’s really that talented. No seriously. I can’t say enough about how grateful I am to have found him to help me make music!

MORE ABOUT KURT: https://kurtgundersen.com

MORE ABOUT KENNY SCHICK: https://b3pmusic.com/production-recording

Join me at this years 39th Annual West Coast Songwriters Conference – September the 14th and 15th in San Francisco!

It’s a conference FOR singer songwriters – you’ll meet industry professionals, your songwriting peers, you’ll be inspired, enjoy panels and workshops, you can share your music, and you’ll make lots of new friends.

I’ll be doing 2 panels on Sunday – at 10am it’s PRODUCING THE BEST RECORD and at 11am it’s STUDIO PREPARATION.

If you’ve never been to one before you should definitely check it out. https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org

If you have been and you are going come say hi! I’ll be there on the friday night ‘Kick Off’ Party as well at the Hard Rock Cafe.

These are always a lot of fun, and I have a LOT of information for you if you want it!! See you there!

 

Yes the music is mine an instrumental called Funky February 🙂

…so far we’ve made people cry, so ‘my work here is done’!

(drops mic)

My dad introduced me to the Fado Singers of Portugal, they sing songs of love, in all forms, about the country and romantic love. They believe if they don’t make people cry with emotion when hearing them sing they have not done their job.

What a wonderful way to be so dedicated to the craft of music and story telling to feel you must move the spirit totally, not just ‘entertain’. I aim to write like that, I aim to feel like that when I sing. I am definitely not as skilled and amazing as a Fado singer but when I was writing ‘Love Is Slow Motion’ – it made me cry, because it came from the depths of my experiences from my losses and my gains and just the everyday feeling of things.

My wonderful sister made a video for us. She just decided she’d do it, even though she’d never made a video before, she just decided she would figure it out. I think our dad taught us that work ethic. His favorite quote was “if a man can make it, I can fix it” and he could fix anything. He always said if you just put your mind to it, you can do anything. So why not become a performing musician in my 40s (instead of an in the closet one).

This song is about feeling, letting yourself feel, to feel the whole gravity of what you are feeling, despite any fear you have. “We wade in the shallows when the tide is out”. We allow ourselves to feel things when it’s safe but you’re not getting all of what you could get, if you were brave, take risks, don’t fear the unknown. It’s harder, more difficult but worth more.

Watch the video and subscribe to our YOUTUBE Channel BASEMENT3PRODUCTIONS (you’ll get our latest offerings as we put up more videos). LIKE and COMMENT – let me know what you think, be honest, I’ll respond – I love hearing from you. It helps us 🙂

PRODUCED BY: Kenny Schick B3Pmusic.com (who also orchestrated, performed, mixed and mastered)

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