I am excited to tell you all that I am the new drummer for Dutch prog icon Kayak. More news about gigs and tours very soon! See you on the road!
A new year already! Last year my website was hacked, attacked so many times, that I had to rebuild a website from scratch. So I lost a lot of posts. Luckily I was able to get everything up until 2014 back online. I’m happy I was able to recover the Neal Morse Tour, Transatlantic Whirlwind Tour and the Mixing Affector blogs. Well, we will just pick things up from here 😉
What have I been up to? Mainly I am working on my music schools. We expanded to three schools now and we’re working on opening 3 other music schools in The Netherlands in the coming months. Exciting stuff!
A new year full of new chances to make something great! Looking back on 2013, I can fully say that it has been my best year so far! A lot of great things happened music wise, but also business wise and on a personal level. I just can’t wait to what 2014 will bring us! This year for me will start with a few new releases I played drums on.
Well, I’m sitting here in the train on my way home while typing the last few words of this blog. What a trip it was. I started this blog with saying that in two weeks I would be home with the masters. It became 4 weeks, but it was more than worth it. I hope I still feel the same when we get the final invoice of Rich, hahaha.
When I woke up around 9am, Rich was already working and after a quick cereal and running through the shower I joined him in what is the last day of the whole process. Tomorrow I will fly home, so we NEED to finish it today. And also because of the dealine the label gave me. I need to upload the masters today, or else the release date could be in jeopardy. We planned on finishing up around 4pm, and have the evening off, so I finally could see something of the area. We where planing on having diner in Hollywood and drive around all night and have fun, sleep a few hours, and then drive to the airport around noon so I could catch my flight back home. Boy, did this day change…
After a very late night (went to bed around 4am) we started working around 1pm again. This afternoon we printed the last few mixes to tape, we started to master the final mixes. For those who don’t know about mastering – it’s the process that happens after mixing.
Using analogue tape is a blessing, but can also be a curse. After each run we need to clean the tape heads, and check the biasing. And today the machine decided to be a little bit difficult on us. So after a run of more than 6 minutes or so, one side of the machine started to loose it’s level. And with six songs longer than 6 minutes, that proved to be a challenge. So it took a lot of time printing the songs, but in the end we got there. Continue reading →
Today we had a long day of working. We finished another three songs, pre-mastered them through tape and sent them off to the others. This process took all day. We are half-way the album now, so we’re getting there! Joe Holmes was suppose to come in around 6pm, but in the end they did not start recording until somewhere around 10pm or something. They where recording bass with a very famous bass player, who’s name I am not allowed to mention here (or did I already mention his name in this blog earlier?). All I can say now he’s in one of the most successful metal bands of all time. You know, the one with the sandman? 🙂 I did not meet him unfortunately, they where to busy recording. I tried to sleep but they went on working up until 4am or something. Crazy! It was their last day in the studio, so from tomorrow on until I leave we will have all day to work on our album. And we will need the time – so much still to do.