Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Seven

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche I don’t consider myself a guitarist, keyboardist, or singer, in any sort of traditional sense. After witnessing Chris Metcalf do his thing, I’ve begun to reconsider my declarations of being a drummer for the last 20+ years as well. Now, I’m not spelling this out to paint a picture of myself as some sort of self-deprecating … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Seven

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Six

“I like being in a recording studio. I like watching a song go from the simplicity of the original music.” – Grace Slick Some of the things I will remember about the Air B&B condo we stayed at. It was a beautiful condo. Exposed brick and high ceilings are a sure way to win me over in regards to living spaces. I still don’t understand … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Six

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Five

“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.” – Henry Van Dyke   Recording Day!   I was anxious and excited. But there was a clarity and focus within that anxiety. I knew that no matter what, the drums were going to sound amazing. In theory, if it all went bad, we could just … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Five

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Four

Day 4. “For those about to rock, we salute you.” – AC/DC I was 5 years old when my grandfather sat me down on an old Rogers drumkit and showed me how to do a basic beat on the hi-hat and snare. I couldn’t reach the kick pedal. Since then I’ve been the drummer of five different bands and played drums on nine records. In … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Four

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Three

3 of my favorite days. Christmas mornings. I’m a full on ‘Clark-Griswald-Ralphie-Parker’ Christmas loving idiot. Recording Days. No one rides the line between complete doubt-based anxiety and baseless bravado better than me. On these types of days. Gig Days. So here we were on Recording Day eve. I was up, showered, and re-packed by 8:15am. Today was the day. We were hopping into Joe’s car, … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Three

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Two

(Author’s Note – again. Remember when I said I would be less verbose for the upcoming entries. Ya, maybe not. But don’t worry, all the “what happens in the studio stuff?” is coming. It all ramps up from Day 3-12) I awoke in the Agee household. Everyone in that house was now very aware that my earlier declarations of: “I wake up early. I can’t … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Two

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day One

(Author’s note – subsequent days will be less verbose, as back ground is needed to give context) Let it be known: I hate flying. I hate the whole deal, start to finish. I hate the subway to the airport. I hate the inevitable wait for the boarding. I hate the moment the airline representative comes on the intercom and tells everyone there are mechanical issues … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day One

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