S N O W M I N E
These tracks came from Weathervane Music’s “Shaking Through Session” of Snowmine back in the Fall of 2011. When I heard the song and how it was tracked my immediate response was, I have to mix these tracks! After loading the Raw files into Cockos Reaper to mix, getting a good gain structure and the session organized in my usual fashion I could feel that this session was going to be challenging to me to mix.
The challenge didn’t come in the form of a technical one, but in the form of a simple thought. “What can I offer this already great song that it doesn’t already have?” As I began to gently shape the song into the direction it lead me, I knew this was going to be a softer and lighter approach than the released version. The direction I felt it needed to go, ” just to feel right to me”, but forced me to go to Jonathan Low’s original mix to check my work against a known great mix of these tracks. I don’t know Jonathan personally but do truly respect is talent as an audio engineer, everything that he works on sounds great to my ears. After comparing the mixes back and forth I felt that I captured enough of the good vibe in my mix that makes the song special, that’s the mix below that you’ll hear.
I’m very excited to have mixed this session, even know it was recorded several years ago.
Below is the Information about the Original recorded session done at Miner Street Recording in Philly, this was taken right from their Shaking Through site, so I know the Information is accurate. Check them out at http://www.shakingthrough.com/ they really have a great formula to producing great music, one I’d like to mirror right here at my own studio on Cape Cod.
Curfews by Snowmine
Re-Mixed and Mastered by Joseph Piccione at Longview Recording Studio Cape Cod
Snowmine at Miner Street Recording in Philadelphia
The MINUTE these guys walked into the studio, they started picking up objects and banging them against each other. We were startled, yet charmed. So it’s no surprise that towards the end of the day they found the china lanterns from our private studio concert and turned them into the beat at the beginning of “Curfews,” a layered, gorgeous track that’s perfect for a November morning.
Recording with SNOWMINE
When Snowmine visited Philadelphia to record a song for Shaking Through, we were amazed by the ease of the session, which was derived, no doubt, from the incredible musicianship of each band member. And with an assortment of found-sounds at our fingertips — including Chinese lanterns, sink brushes, and brooms — we were up for the challenge of helping Snowmine construct the surreal world that their song “Curfews” lives in.
Snowmine, a Brooklyn-based five-piece, is keyboardist Grayson Sanders, guitarists Calvin Pia and Austin Mendenhall, bassist Jay Goodman, and drummer Alex Beckmann. The band’s lush indie-pop songs are generated largely by Sanders, who recently turned his attention from composing in the New York classical music scene to become the principle singer and songwriter for the group.
For the session, Snowmine chose to record the song “Curfews.” Sanders said: “It’s a song about being a slave to your work. The first line is: I might not earn it but its what I deserve [...] It’s the relationship you have being validated by your work, which I think a lot of artists experience.”
Snowmine record “Curfews” over a weekend recording session at Philadelphia’s Miner Street Recordings in October 2011. The track was produced using boutique recording equipment provided for Shaking Through by AEA, Studio Logic Sound and TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik.
Session curator Mark Schoneveld of YVYNYL said: “I booked them for a show in Philly a while back, and I was blown away … A lot of times in modern music, people hide behind a lot of production. These people are ready to put themselves out there, lay on the line.”
“What Weathervane is doing is a prototype for the music industry,” said bassist Jay Goodman. “Artists are struggling day in day out to survive, to eat, to make their art. To have this opportunity to be able to record in a beautiful studio and make this video and share it with the world is such a beautiful, beautiful experience.”