Views From The Studio: John Spicer
Want to know what a week in the life of John Spicer, Recording Artist, looks like? You’ve come to the right place!
Yes, the production of John’s debut album is now in full swing! The Legend Group Records crew has been in the studio nightly working hard (or is it hardly working?) to bring this musical dream to life – and today we bring you an up-close-and-personal glimpse of the action:
Welcome to WEEK ONE IN THE STUDIO!
Legend Group Records President Houston Curtis, who launched the label in the spring of 2012, has been planning John’s debut since he first discovered this talented musician in the fields of Southern Illinois. Houston, who has a lengthy background in the music industry, is the executive producer of John’s first album along with Dave Weiderman, and has had an intimate hand in developing John as an artist and choosing which of his many, many songs to record. The first night in the studio was spent mulling over – and over, and over – this important decision, but now we are well on our way to completing a hit album!
Enter “The Cave” – John’s home away from home away from home during the recording process. This is the place where the magic happens, and this is what we get to see when we walk through the door:
Pretty, right? This epic set belongs to master drummer Patrick Caccia, who’s played with Eric Sardinas and Steve Vai, among others, and is currently bringing the rythm for The Atomix and GroovyDo – as well as for John himself!
Patrick and fellow “Cave” resident multi-platinum producer/engineer/mixer Tom Fletcher are working closely with John to make his debut album a chart-topping succcess. Tom was recently quoted saying that John is the artist he has waited for his entire life for – and he has turned down three major label contracts in order to focus solely on John’s album…. Wow! As a producer and engineer Tom is responsible for some of the biggest selling records of all time from dozens of legendary artists including Yes, TOTO, Jeff Beck, Ozzy Osbourne, Don Henley, Hillary Duff, and many, many more. After 30 yearts of producing hit after hit for everyone else, Tom formed The Atomix to create his own record for LGR’s roster alongside Cave cohort and engineer Patrick Caccia on drums and virtuoso Mico Olmos on bass and guitar.
When Tom’s not having the time of his life producing John Spicer, he and The Atomix are writing and producing their own music. In fact, John and Tom recently wrote a song together for The Atomix. Yes – it’s “Cave Collaboration”!
In addition to Tom and Patrick, The Cave also occasionally plays host to LGR Executive Producer and Guitar Center’s head of A&R Dave Weiderman, who stopped by during week one to shoot the breeze before the crew began recording the album’s token heartbreaker track, “By Now.” Dave has been a constant supportive presence throughout the conception of this album – and he’s a hoot to have around!
Thanks for coming through and showing us some love, Dave!
One night in the studio began with an extra special moment – John got his hands on a vintage 1970s Sho Bud steel guitar, courtesy of Legend Group Records. It may take him a while (a few days instead of a few minutes for this musical prodigy), but John is determined to conquer this contraption.
One step at a time, Johnny, one step at a time.
After we finished playing with John’s new toy, the crew stepped into the studio to get some serious work done. At least, as serious as it gets around here. There’s always time for John to jam a little before we get down to business:
We might be workin’, but we’re always laughin’, too!
After a quick warmup, Tom took the controls and John stepped into the sound booth to track acoustic guitar for his beautiful new ballad titled “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.”
Now, doesn’t he look like he belongs in there? When John’s in the booth, no one complains because no one has to – this dedicated musician is always ready to put in the hard work on guitar and vocals, and Tom and Patrick are always ready to push him to the next level.
Each night, after both John and Patrick spent some quality time in the booth, it was back to the control room to watch master producer Tom do what he does best – mix a beautiful album!
Together, these three amigos – plus the ever-present President Houston – have managed to record four solid guide tracks in ten days: “By Now,” “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” rollicking sing-along “Country Girls,” and heartfelt ballad “In My Dreams.” Rough live recordings of both “Country Girls” and “In My Dreams” are now available on ReverbNation - stay tuned for the professionally produced demos, coming soon!
After the professional guide tracks are complete – no less than twelve tracks total – the crew will move to Capitol Records to lay down the recordings you will hear on the album itself.
Yes, recording an album is quite the process – but we have the best team a label could as for, and are moving ahead full speed! It’s all coming together – NOW WHO’S READY FOR A MASTERPIECE?
Legend Group Records President Houston Curtis and John Spicer would like to extend a special THANK YOU to both Tom Fletcher and Patrick Caccia for all they’ve done to make this album a reality.
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