By Dani Lauren
This past week I began recording my third EP here in London. When I first arrived at the studio I thought I had gotten the wrong directions because it was in a residential area outside of the city center and it didn’t look like a studio from the outside. Once I got up the courage to actually go inside though I knew I was in the right place. The studio itself had multiple rooms to record in and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to record in their live room. The space was huge and in the center stood a beautiful grand piano with about three different microphones on it ready it go. My engineer was also very nice and made sure I was comfortable the whole time, which really made the day easier. There were even points in the session that I got to play producer when my engineer went into the live room to play guitar on a few of the tracks. It was my first full eight-hour day in a studio so even though I was exhausted by the end of the session, I still had a lot of fun and we actually made a lot of progress. After this I only have two more sessions to go and the entire EP will be finished!
During the past two weeks I also spent a weekend in Madrid visiting my best friend. It was my first time in Spain so I was really excited to see everything there was to see and try all of the amazing foods. I ate way more churros than I would like to admit, but I also got to go to many beautiful places. One thing that really stuck with me though was the amount of classical musicians playing in the streets. I even saw a couple string quartets out there! In London we get some pretty odd street performers, but I don’t think I’ve seen many classical musicians busking for coins. It really set the tone, walking through the picturesque streets of Old Madrid while listening to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
I have a lot to look forward to in the next couple of weeks with the continuation of my work on this Acoustic EP. On top of that I also have a lot of people coming to visit me! I’m going to be busier than I’ve been since moving here, but a lot of great things are happening.
If you want to follow my adventures in London I will be posting here on Musicovation every other Friday! I will be talking about the London music scene as well as life as a member of the Synchronization department of an innovative music company.