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    Saturday, September 27, 2008

    I somewhat complicated my life today by recording horns today. I had Eddie Wan on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Shazzy on saxophone. Unfortunately, I forgot to call the trombone player which I will overdub later this week.

    Also, I learned something new today: The trumpet is an incredibly loud instrument.

    I realise that it is stating the obvious but you cannot appreciate how loud it is until you have a trumpet in your face.

    But more importantly, it reminded me that there are more to live instruments than just guitars and violins; which are the staple real instruments recorded in local pop music. Which is strange because we have so many different types of instruments in the world, and there's the added bonus of Asian instruments. Yet, most of these instruments and sounds are largely untapped in local pop.

    Speaking of pop. I wonder if it would be cool if I rounded up a few young fresh tarts, groom them to be a girl-band and named them "Pop Tarts"?

    In other news, a candle burnt out my salt lamp in my bedroom. Now there's this smell of burnt salt lamp which can only be described as the smell of evil that is hanging out in my bedroom.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    This morning, some guy came up to the studio and painted over our wall.


    It hurts! I'll never be the same again.

    Sunday, September 21, 2008

    KNOW YOUR MUSICIAN


    For this edition of KNOW YOUR MUSICIAN, I would like to introduce Kelly. He plays bass guitar. He is very good and has played for a lot of famous singers. This man has more funk in his little finger than most people have in their entire body.

    I've been working with Kelly for over two years now and he has done many sessions with me. I almost have him in all my productions now even if I have a keyboard bass line going. I just have two bass parts. You know that age-old question...what's better than one bass line? TWO BASS LINES.

    So God bless Kelly and bananas!

    Thursday, September 18, 2008

    We usually have fruits in some form at the studio's dining table and I usually do not pay as much attention as I would have say, it were McNuggets or some other form of deep fried mystery meat.

    But today I had a banana!

    And man...it was one tasty delicious frequently-dismissed-and-under-rated banana.

    If the last time you had a banana was with a side of ice-cream or if it were deep-fried, I highly recommend that you have a banana on its own; just like in the days of yore and the way God intended it to be eaten. You will thank me for bringing back the banana back into your life.

    Welcome back into my life banana! I will forever cherish you and not take you for granted again.

    p.s. And thanks for the potassium too.

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    These are good times. It looks scary what with all the fear-mongers and Chicken Littles telling us the sky is falling. But I think all this is great.

    And the biggest surprise for me in all this is our Prime Minister. Amidst all the chaos, he has been quiet. He could have arrested the situation and taken charge...like our former Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir, would have done. In a few weeks, things will blow over and we go back to our normal lifes. But that itself has been the problem.

    So now, instead of having a hero, we have an anti-hero. Instead of doing something, he does little (or almost nothing). He is giving those in power so much rope and many of them are hanging themselves with it. And with that, he has allowed this crude form of social Darwinism to take place. Because of our current PM, the Opposition has made so much head way! For once, Anwar actually has a chance! I can't imagine any of this happening under Dr. M's watch.

    Of course you can argue that if the leader was fair in the first place, we wouldn't need all this drama. Right.

    Anyway, to conclude, all this is good. Drink more tea.

    Friday, September 12, 2008

    Saturday, September 06, 2008

    We just completed Farah Asyikin's new track. It's called "Hello".

    Farah wrote the words. Very brilliant lyrics. This was a really fun song to do. I hope you like it. Please request for it on radio. I am also going to make it available as a download soon.

    Check it out here.

    ADDENDUM: In response to the first comment: Please don't get me wrong. I love real instruments...but only if a really good musician plays it. My earlier posts I said real instruments will not help a bad song and it really means just that. It won't help a bad song or bad arrangement sound better. If it's a good song or a good arrangement, having real instruments WHEN IT'S CALLED FOR, will make it sound even better.

    In fact, I always try to have one other musician play, preferably a non-keyboard-based instrument; not just because of the sound of a real instruments, but more for the feel and personality of another musician.

    For Hello, lo and behold, there are real guitar parts! Wait! There's more. There is real bass too. Jamie Wilson played electric guitar and Kelly played bass. Although I do have a synth bass playing with the real bass. I will take it as a compliment that the guitar parts do not sound like usual guitar parts because I was going all out to make it sound different. I thought it would have been boring to have usual rock guitar parts.