What a beautiful day it is here! Im currently writing this from my garden lying on a hammock, I can think of worse things to be doing!
It’s 5 days until the release of my next single ‘Yours’ so I thought I’d share a little behind the scenes of the writing and recording process!
‘Yours’ started life as three chords that I was playing in between session at my job as a singing teacher. Its not the first time this has happened and realising you’re on to a good tune then having to wait to write it is quite frustrating but when I got home, the whole song was written in practically 20 minutes! Usually, I will leave a song for an hour and go back and develop it further but the version being released the exact song I wrote first time and I feel it is quite a special one.
Wanting to develop my DIY recording skills, I thought why not record a rough version an share it on my social media! So I set about recording it with my basic set up at home. My condenser mic was nearly 15 years old and had seen better days and I was using GarageBand. But after I had spent all night (literally, Im the kind of person who as to finish something once I start and I will never learn that if I start something at 11pm I will be up all night until its complete!) recording just the voice, harmonies and piano, I shared it on my Facebook page. I have never had so many messages about a song with so many positive comments. So, although I knew the song was special to me, this made me think it could resonate with others too! It had to be my next single.
Being a worrier and a perfectionist in many ways, I didn’t think my recording was good enough due to equipment and skill level. So I had 2 choices, invest in better equipment or book a recording studio and engineer. I chose to continue my journey in to becoming a fully DIY musician, I went out and bought a new mic, an interface and started recording.
While I’m diving in to recording and producing my own material, I know my limits and approached Tobi (@producedbytobi) to mix and master it once everything was recorded. He brought an extra sparkle to the piece that I just couldn’t have done myself! He also helped my figure out Cubase and has been giving me tips on recording and getting the best sound. We’re planning an album over the coming months, I can’t wait!
My debut single ‘Can’t We Just Be Friends’ (https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/katieellen/c7gi) and EP ‘These Little Words’ (https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/katieellen/c9L8) are massively important to me and I’m so proud of them but ‘Yours’ is a different story altogether. ‘These Little Words’ had other musicians playing and someone else producing. ‘Yours’ is completely my work, I played the instruments, recorded it, even the artwork was taken and edited by me in my garden (the neighbours must have been wondering what I was doing!) it makes me even more nervous to hear what people have to say about it.
It really helps calm the negative voices inside to read reviews and comments like these…
So THANK YOU to everyone who’s heard ‘Yours’ and made time to tell me you love it. I think a lot of creatives carry a lot of self doubt and I’m no exception. Writing a song is like telling everyone your secrets.
You can pre save ‘Yours’ on Spotify via this link https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/katieellen/dt5i
And check out the preview and competition to win a free EP and handwritten lyrics on my Facebook page here…
Now it’s time to get the BBQ going I think! Have a wonderful sunny Sunday!
Katie Ellen x