On the 24th November 2014, my studio group and I had the pleasure of recording the lovely Lily Kerbey and Dom White from “Chalk” who are based in Leeds, UK. We tracked their song “Unloved” which was written by both Lily and Dom. It has some seriously cool vibes and has been stuck in my head since!
Lily’s vocals are beautiful, and her song writing skills are topnotch, she portrays her passion and emotions through her writing which is something that is sometimes lacking these days. Her music is true, and not written just for a purpose, she means what she writes about – and you can hear it in her voice.
Not forgetting about the wonderfully talented Dom White. What an awesome pianist, he really has the rhythm for the stylish, R&B feel that they are going for. Being a pianist myself, there was some serious envy going on!
For the vocals we used a Neumann TLM 102, and a Shure SM7B which always works well, and is my favourite combination for recording vocals. For the piano we used a set of Shoeps CMC5U microphones which are fantastic for piano, you get a great sound from such a small microphone. Be careful though, they pick up literally everything, every squeak of the piano chair and the tap of the piano keys.
Tip: If you’re recording to a click make sure that you can’t hear it through the headphones therefore recording through the microphones! This happened in this session, it’s not a massive deal, but it’s a bit annoying having to use automation all the way through to block it out during the parts where there’s no vocals!
(Featured photo of myself & Josh in the studio! Taken by Lily!)