So today around 1pm i made the final mix. I sent off the advance copies, and then on a walk with my 2 year old realized i hadn’t made the right mixing choices on the Floozy vocals (which i was up late last night plugging in and fooling with) so i came home and remixed them and NOW i believe i’m done. As soon as i finish writing this i’m going to open a beer, kick back and listen the thing and pray my note sheet remains blank.
In the making of an album, from the time a few songs have been made, a list begins and on that list are notes. Whenever i listen to what i’ve got so far i make notes on what is not good. At a certain point in the process that list is very, very long, but by the time we’re in the end stages the list is much shorter and very detailed with tiny little nitty gritty things. A hi hat volume during a section, vocal mix details like too much reverb or slightly down during a section. The bass in the piano is adding too much mud to the actual bass.
And then one day, the sheet is blank. And then the album is done.
A warning sign that you should wrapping things up is when, in the later stages, you make a note to change something that you had been fine with for a long time. You change it, you realize you just made it worse, so you now have to go and change it back. This happens every project and is a red light that you need to stop fussing and just get the thing finished.
I highly suggest ignoring the crippling self doubt that arises at the end. When now it’s basically finished and you wonder what the fuck you just did. I mean, come on, normal bands released awesome music with cool tunes and awesome vocals and here you are making… freaking musical…. like… musical story album with… theatrical character vocal… things that… who the fuck listens to? Most people are going to hear this sort of thing and just think “what the fuck is this bullshit” and of COURSE they will because what the fuck IS this bullshit?
You have made the decisions that made this project and you felt them with great conviction as you made them. Stand by them. Do YOU like it? You do. You know you do. You did your best. If it’s weird… do not apologize for letting your freak flag fly.
And so we come to the end of another album making spurt of madness. My beer is right here asking if i’m going to open it any time soon, turn off the lights and listen to the damn thing. Well i am. Right about now. And for those interested, soon you shall to.