Swamp Child – Video Diaries

Swamp Child, a badass rock band hailing from the Bay Area is no stranger to the Girls Behind The Rock Show radar. After a phone interview with vocalist Brandi Cheek left us so inspired we knew we had to team up again. Swamp Child hit the studio earlier this summer to record their upcoming EP and Brandi spoke at length on the nerves that recording can bring for artists. The expectations, the setbacks, the desire for perfection, it’s all very daunting, especially for those emerging bands who haven’t been through the recording process before. Before and after the days spent in the studio, Brandi was so kind as to create video diaries to help put into words the process and emotions that can go into recording.

“Although a lot of musicians absolutely love it, the recording process is tough for me. The days are long, and it’s exhausting to put yourself out there for everyone involved in the process (producer, sound engineer, bandmates) to critique. But, there are definitely ways to minimize the stressors in order to maximize the fun and get your best performance out of yourself.

Because recording involves picking apart every little piece of the song, sometimes I can lose track of what I originally intended for the message or feel of the song to be. That’s good and bad because there’s a lot of power and possibility involved in collaboration with producers, band members, etc. Just keep your insecurities in check and trust your gut when it comes to suggestions from outsiders. Keep in mind why you wrote the song in the first place and what you want to communicate to the world. Doing the work to find the right producer and the right studio for your project is HUGE. It saves a lot of frustration and lot of time. They have to understand and like the sound that you’re striving to achieve. And you have to be able to easily communicate with the producer and sound engineer.”

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the process, but Brandi offers some amazing insight on how to best deal with some of the mental tolls of creating music. “You really just have to power through that and remember why you want to make music and remember why you love it in those moments.” She speaks to carrying a tool kit around with you, something you can turn to in those moments where you feel swallowed by the process, and in that ‘tool kit’ are the things you know to be able to calm you. Having a space, meditating, repeating a mantra, anything you can use to take you out of the moment and into a more productive state of mind; it’s okay to stop and take a break both in and out of the studio.

“It’s also helpful to get some distance from the tracks once they’re recorded. Our producers sent us a rough mix a week or so after we recorded and I was super critical of it because I hadn’t had enough time away from the songs. So I gave myself a month break from the project and listened to it again with fresh ears after 4 weeks. I LOVED the tracks during the second listen and only had a handful of revisions to apply before finalizing the mix. ”

 

Each and every person experiences their time in the studio differently, so don’t be afraid to experiment with what works best for you and your band as a unit. Swamp Child worked so fervently on their second EP over the course of those four days and plan on dropping the first single in October. Keep up with Swamp Child on Facebook or on their website and be sure to check out their music below!

https://soundcloud.com/swampchildmusic/honeybee-1