Studiotalk with John Daly about First Water

Studiotalk with John Daly about First Water
Well what else to expect from John Daly but a great new album! Five deep tracks that range from Chicago House to Detroit Techno, pure class here and once again he proves to be THE Deep House producer of the moment. (PeterG) We are glad to give you some insight intohis ideas behind 'First Water': "First Water is a collection of tracks made over the past 2 years, with the exception of "Night Moves" and "Sunk", which were both made during the mixing session. I'll often do that where i need something very particular to balance a release, and write something new to fill that gap when i am putting the record together...  In fact, "Sunk" was made from recording portions of "Night Moves" onto tape and then playing back at half speed into Live, and processing from there. The tape machine, a Revox B77 Mk2 played a major part in the mixing and making if this record. Whether using it just to process individual channels, or running entire stereo mixes through it, the Revox is all over this record, and for all the hassle of using this machine, re-recording shit in and out, its definitely worth it for the sound it produces… A lot of this record was about me getting back to my roots, having converted back to an almost completely hardware setup, and enjoying the new machines…but I had kind of lost touch with sampling which was a big part of my early sound, and previous records for Plak, and i wanted it to sound like a continuation of those records, so i spent a lot of time going back through outtakes and live jams, and sampling myself, or others 😉 or for instance my Feel Music partner One Eye on "found harmonica" on the title track, i just found that recording and dropped it over the track. Immediately I was struck by the contrast of such an organic sound with those very electronic elements. It really stands out, and only happens once, which is always something I enjoy in a track. Of course the synths are in there too though, one thing about going back to hardware after 3 years of working completely in the box, i realized that from a sound design point of view, soft synths will never be able to do those things, but having new technology like Live on hand is so great because i can record as i go and basically have the best of both worlds, the sound design possibilities of old analog synths with the flexibility of Live. Finally, all of the tracks were mixed down through an SPL Vitaliser Mk2-T, with a final Eq adjustment on the isolator of my E&S DJR400 mixer, the mix then recorded direct from the DJR.

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