1975 – studio talk with Xinobi

1975 – studio talk with Xinobi
"1975" is the debut album by the portuguese producer Xinobi and released on Discotexas. In this tech talk he talks about the production process of the tracks "Real Fake" and "They All Feel The Same" both taken from the album: Real Fake. This track was at first a huge dark trip. If you listen to it now, you probably won't believe it.  It all started with me experimenting the soft synth Diva from U-He over a drum loop. I was growing layers and layers of new sounds, building a never-ending build up. Eventually I added a few guitar riffs over the main melody after the build up. A few days after, I had my girlfriend around in the studio and asked her “Sing something over this guitar riff – try this lyrics” and she just got this weird but really really catchy vocal hook. I went straight to the Rec button. I got it tracked and found myself thinking that it could be a pretty decent pop song. So I rebuilt the whole track and gave birth to a much sunnier one. Still not happy with it, I just appealed to my followers on facebook to see if anyone would like to participate in a “new track” I was making. The deal was I would send in a karaoke-ish video with both the original vocals and the lyrics rolling on the screen. Those who wanted to participate were asked to record the vocals the best way they could. I got around 40  persons, most of them recorded their voices through their cellphones. I spent the month after chopping and trying to dissimulate the clicks on all those voices. D-noising and hand-made gates we're my reality for a few days. It ended up being a very interesting choir. Most of the people I don't even know personally, and that's a great example of how global collaborations can contribute to strong-up a creative momentum. In sum: Real Fake used to be a 7 minute long song and the vocals would only kick at around 4m30s... Now it clocks a little more than 4 minutes and has tons of singers that I would love to thank personally. They All Feel The Same If someone told me a year ago that I would be opening my debut album with solo minimal piano chords, I would have laughed. I don't really know how to play a Piano. Keys are not easy for me at all. But at some point, something in my sleep deprived head said “You should have a slower track starting in an atypical way for you.” After getting this simple piano chord progression, I started layering the track gradually. Minimal drums, surf-ish echoed guitars with my Gibson SG ruling through a Fender Deluxe; a full-driven bass-line with a Mini-Moog soft synth; lead synths that go up and down and, finally, why not, getting my voice doing a small line over and over again. Recording went gradually just as the track reflects it. Universal Audio UAD was abused - specially the Teletronix LA 2A that edged a huge part of the track and Pultec EQ, that is a great shaper to re-work your sounds. It feels to me as much more than an equalizer. (Written by Xinobi) Xinobi "1975" is released on Discotexas. You can BUY IT HERE from whatpeopleplay

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