Recording Studio Do's & Don'ts

We've been spending a lot of time in the studio lately (I wonder why)(hint new music hint) and I've seen a whole lot, so I've decided to create a list of the Do's & Don'ts of recording in a studio. Take this seriously but also don't take this seriously at all. I'm about to talk about Wii Tennis.

Don'ts

  • Don't be late. There's nothing worse than being the guy showing up late to load in. Time is money and if you're late, you'll get meme'd so hard in the group chat.
  • On that note, don't leave early. Skipping load out will result in an absolute beating. Just ask Alex Mathews...
  • Don't play Wii Tennis the day before a session. I made this mistake last week. My arm was unnecessarily sore throughout the session which is an issue when you use your arms to drum. And the worst part is, I lost every game. I was absolutely creamed all night by my buddies Jonny, Sarah, and Rowdy. I quit after finishing Wii Golf with a +9. Shame.
  • Don't come unprepared. Know whatever it is you're recording as well as you can. Practice the music as much as you can so you're ready to go and you don't have to record 2,169 takes. 

Do's

  • Eat before the session. Too many times have I unloaded, set up, sound checked, and began recording on an empty stomach. Your mental and physical strength lasts a whole 15 minutes and then the next few hours are hell. 
  • Bring ideas. Showing up with tons of ideas to try will only make the song better.
  • With that said, be openminded. You're opinion will differ from someone else and you will argue. You must be down to try everything. Even a really deeply tuned snare drum with a 5 pound wallet ducked taped down KILLING THE DRUM AND MY HEART. 
  • In the words of Bruce and Mitzi, "Stay true. Play Hard." In the end, just play music. It's what you love to do.

So there you have it. Some good / bad (I can't judge my own thoughts, that would be biased), but amazing pointers about recording in the studio.

Take heed of these do's and don'ts the next time you go into the recording studio or it's your funeral. 

I'm sure this is the first of many "Do's & Don'ts" so let me know if this was great or terrible and I'll either continue or burn my computer. The choice is yours. And, honestly, I don't know if there's a way to leave comments on here so maybe if you actually want to say something, message the Waker page on Facebook. It says there's an 87% chance we'll reply within the first hour. 

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Dave Czuba