My goal is to provide some insight into what goes on behind the scenes with a touring band — and also to offer tips and advice. You might remember one of my earlier columns, which offered general touring tips for independent bands. Hopefully I'll be able to go into more detail and cover more space with this series.
For many young musicians, going out on tour is an early goal we set for ourselves. We read stories of legendary bands on tour, and we dream of the fun times that come from being out on the road. The reality is far different. Most likely, your first experiences on tour will be with your band as you begin to outgrow your local scene. Especially if you come from a small city like me (Portsmouth, England).
If you've been following my blog posts, you will know I recently recorded guitar solos for the new White Wizzard album, The Devil's Cut. I recently got together with my band mate and fellow White Wizzard guitarist, Jake Dreyer, to go over our favorite solos from the album and show you how to play them.
A couple of months ago, I started a studio diary documenting the process of recording a new album with White Wizzard. I covered everything from pre-production to instrument tracking. Now I will discuss the final stages of music production — mixing and mastering. After tracking all the instruments and vocals, the next step is to mix everything into a single stereo track.
Los Angeles-based classic metal outfit White Wizzard formed in 2007. After enduring several lineup changes, the band finally seems to have settled on solid ground. Their early albums — High Speed GTO and Over The Top — treated fans to some solid, catchy old-school metal. The next album, Flying Tigers, took the band into new musical territory. Their upcoming release, The Devil's Cut, sees them progress even further with scorching lead guitar work.
Following pre-production, the next stage in an album's production will be the actual recording process, which involves tracking each instrument. From this point on, every decision will affect the final outcome of the project, and that's why bands hire producers to oversee the process and make sure everything is done correctly.
I'll be recording an album with White Wizzard and wanted to give you some insight into the process of making a heavy metal album in 2013. I'm going to talk about the whole process, from pre-production to mastering, and try to give you my take on each step. The first stage is pre-production, which is when a band will take their song ideas and begin to finalize the arrangements, melodies, lyrics, etc., so that every song is fully prepared and ready to record.
Around the time of the last entry I had just joined the heavy metal band White Wizzard (Earache Records), and shortly thereafter we left for a month long tour with Firewind in the United States, followed by a two month European run as direct support for Iced Earth.