Tracking No Stranger & “Wicked Love” live at Sam’s

How Bekah Kelso & The Fellas Recorded NO STRANGER

Recorded at Zinc Media, This project reflects one way of thinking towards production. Capture as much of the original performance as possible. For this we spent weeks rehearsing and performing these songs. Bekah’s previous albums had been recorded through a “Production Style” lens that allowed us to experiment with parts as they are being created and captured. Now it was up to the performers to have all those things embedded in the performance. The rhythm section, Keyboards, Bass, and Drums, were captured in a two-day session.

Our goal was to capture the moment with minimal, what we call, “ProTooling”. We wanted vibe, feel, and all those other intangible superlative qualities.

Tracking for the rhythm section was done 10/4 &10/5 2014. Since we knew what went where and why it was a matter of picking the best take.

Set up was done the day before tracking. Ryan(Drums) and I spent about 5 hours tweaking and tuning drums, placing and replacing microphones. Essential tools were masking tape and 3-In-One lubricant for rattles and squeaks. Bass drum had an EV RE-20  and snare had an Audix i5 (top)through Universal Audio’s  Apollo Unison Mic preamp using API Vision Channel Strip. Bottom snare had an Earthworks small diaphragm condenser. Toms had SM57’s. Hi-Hat had an Earthworks. Overheads were a matched pair of Ride NT5s in an X-Y configuration through a Langevin Dual Mono into an Avalon Vt 747sp Tube Compressor.

Keyboards(Ricky) and Bass(Damian) were recorded direct(D.I.). Keys went through Universal Audio’s 4-710D and the bass went through Universal Audio’s  Apollo Unison Mic preamp using their UA 610-B.

Even though we had Bekah isolated from the drums, the acoustic guitar proved troublesome to capture along with the vocal to our standards. We could have used the line output but we wanted the microphone sound. Any movement while recording caused frequency inconsistencies between the vocal and guitar mic. So, If I applied equalization to the guitar then the vocal would take that too introducing phasing and comb filtering. We felt the need for more control of the Vocals and Acoustic guitar so we decided to overdub. What was different about the overdubs was we were all in the same room “jamming and grooving” to Bekah’s performance as she was recording first the guitar then vocals. We didn’t plan on it. We didn’t say,”OK, you know what would make this awesome?” It just happened. I was facing the computer. We were all in headphones. I begin to feel Bekah’s already near flawless performance kick up a notch. When I turned around it seemed Ricky and Ryan were in their own world visualizing their parts and “feeling” the tracks. We all noticed and continued to oblige throughout the rest of vocal and guitar tracking. Maybe its nonsense but we can’t deny we all felt “it”. Vocal was recorded using  a Dave Pearlman TM-1 Tube Condenser Mic into Universal Audio’s 4110. Acoustic Guitar was tracked using an AKG 414 XLS also through the 4110.

We sang our harmonies together(Ricky,Ryan,Damian), again for vibe and feel. We were lightly isolated from each other so the minimal bleed didn’t let us use pitch correction which was something we wanted to avoid anyway. In this case, at the mix, I found the bleed actually helped “glue” the harmonies together. For harmonies we used Blue’s Baby Bottle, Neumann TLM 193 and AKG 414.

The album, No Stranger, was release February 27th at Sam’s burger joint in san Antonio,TX here’s video of “Wicked Love” featuring Dooley.

 

Gratitude December

  You’ve made 2014 a fantastic year for Zinc Media!

  I’ve had the pleasure of working with talented local artists spanning genres from country to reggae and will share their music as soon as it’s released. Thank you for your recent reviews and feedback. If you’d like to share some words you can do it here.


  I have been writing a song a week for the last 47 weeks. My goal as set by the Soulwriters Songwriting group is 52 songs. The group reached their goal 3 weeks ago. I came in late to the game but have taken the challenge wholly. When I first started I wanted to “find the faucet”. What I’ve gotten out of it is the confidence to look any song in the eye and take it through the best of it’s possibilities. By no means am I an expert but this time the muse didn’t give me a fake phone number.


   I asked for your vote for Bekah Kelso & The Fellas in the SA Current Music Awards and you delivered. We won Best Singer-Songwriter, Best Recording Engineer. Ricky, Ryan and I placed in the top 3 of our instrument categories. Thank You!

  BKTF has been steamrolling SA’s music scene and is branching out. We’ve completed tracking for the upcoming Album “No Stranger”. CD release is expected mid February. You can expect a pre release online performance via www.concertwindow.com January 28th, 2015.

  A special thanks to our “5th Members” without whom we could not make the magic we love to share with you.


 Congratulations Mr. Jason A. Carter! We recently completed and released “Forever And A Day”, a 15 song journey through jazzy ragtime, country, bossa nova lead by a wonderful storyteller. Guest appearances include Bekah Kelso, Ryan Kelso(Drums) and Bobby Flores(Fiddle). You can listen to clips by clicking on the cover below.

J.A. Carter | Forever and a Day

or go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jacarter


Thanks for listening!

 www.zincmediapro.com

 

August Update

It’s been a fun music filled summer. I trust you’ve stayed suncreened and hydrated. While Austin is becoming more expensive for artist/musicians to exist, San Antonio’s music scene is reaping the benefits. Music, Arts and Culture seem to expand by leaps and bounds. Zinc Media has been participating in Live Music, Recording, Mixing as well as Audio for film. Make sure you scroll down. It’s been a busy one. I look forward to hearing from you!


Bekah Kelso & the Fellas continue to make their music more accesible in the SA scene. Bekah is half way through her four week residency at The Liberty Bar on S. Alamo. Tonight(8/19) Laura Marie and Lucas Jack will be joining her.

Come enjoy the full Bekah Kelso & The Fellas experience Tuesday Aug.26th 7:30-9:30p. We’ll also be at the finale for The Block’s Rock the Block Concert series Saturday September 6th…More Shows

We’re making our way into the San Antonio Music Awards . We appreciate those who’ve already voted. Thank you very much. Here are some suggestions:

  • VOCALIST – BEKAH KELSO
  • KEYBOARDIST – RICKY HERNANDEZ (BEKAH KELSO & THE FELLAS)
  • BASSIST – DAMIAN RODRIGUEZ (BEKAH KELSO & THE FELLAS)
  • DRUMMER – RYAN KELSO (BEKAH KELSO & THE FELLAS)
  • NEW BAND – BEKAH KELSO & THE FELLAS
  • SINGER/SONGWRITER – BEKAH KELSO
  • RECORDING ENGINEER – DAMIAN RODRIGUEZ

New album coming this Fall.

This is from this San Antonio Museum of Art‘s 2nd Friday pARTy. Come find us on Instagram

SAMA Art Party-7


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Meanwhile, “The Wisdom to Know The Difference” has been making headlines. I saw this at the SA Film Festival and am extremely proud of everyone involved. Congratulations to Marc Cerutti! Here’s a quick rundown.

MANHATTAN FILM FESTIVAL

Best Picture, Best Original Song

LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Best Picture, Best Editor (Marc Cerutti), Best Original Song, Best Supporting Actress (Maggie Wagner)

SAN ANTONIO FILM FESTIVAL

Best Picture (Jury Award), Best Picture (Audience Award)

BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Official Selection, Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Baldwin) and Best Actress (Mayra Leal)

REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL

Official Selection for LA, Official Selection for NYC

FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Official Selection


I’d like to congratulate Rafi Marrero y Orquesta for their latest release “Realizacion de un Sueño”. You can listen to music here.

All musical production was done in Peru by Cesar Hijar and a team of passionate musicians. The vocals were done in San Antonio at Zinc Media and performed by Josean Rivera. We’re expecting to submit for Grammy consideration next year.

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This year I’ve had the pleasure of working on an album with Jason Carter III. We are nearing completion and last week we had, Hall-of-Fame Inductee, Bobby Flores laying down some of the most heartfelt fiddle. Also making a guest appearance on drums was Ryan Kelso. There are other guest vocal appearances in the works.  I can not wait to share.


I am here because of you. Thank you for including me in your projects.

Thanks for listening!

 

New Gear New News


I’d like to share that Zinc Media recently acquired a live recording console/mixer. The Allen & Heath Qu-16. This unit is capable of mixing 22 channels of audio with high quality onboard processors. As first of it’s kind, it can record up to 18 separate channels of audio direct to a formatted USB hard drive. We also have the option of running it with ProTools HD.


I’m also pleased to announce that the Film that went to festival earlier this month was well received. “The Wisdom To Know The Difference” sold out it’s first showing at the Manhattan Film Festival and is scheduled for a second showing 7/3/14. This film will also be at the San Antonio Film Festival on August 3rd at CityBase Cinema.


On the music side, Bekah Kelso & The Fellas released a live video from a recent performance at 502Bar. The show was 75% unreleased material we are working up and getting ready for the studio later this summer. This one gem is from Bekah’s second release, “Departures”. Enjoy “Say Something”


Thanks for listening!

Damian

www.zincmediapro.com

Wisdom To Know The Difference – Feature Film

Wisdom Cred PosterLate last year I worked with Bauhaus Media Group mixing the feature film, The Wisdom to know the Difference. I was hired to mix the project but the opportunity to compose original music for several scenes came up and I welcomed the challenge. The movie is an Official Manhattan Film Festival selection and will show June 20th at the Quad Cinema. Written and Directed by Daniel Baldwin.

I wish everyone involved with this project the best of luck.

The Wisdom To Know The Difference – Theatrical Trailer – NYC from Malibu Films on Vimeo.

 

 

 

Song for Smash

This weekend Bekah Kelso was in recording a song for a special cause.

PAY WHAT YOU LIKE FOR THIS TRACK – ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE FAMILY OF ASHLYNN SPENCER TO HELP COVER THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH HER ONGOING CARE. For more information on Transverse Myeletis and Smash’s journey, visit and join www.facebook.com/hugsforsmash   …MORE

 

Set up was simple, AKG 414 for the Acoustic (Martin) and  Pearlman TM-1 for the vocal. Both were running through Universal Audio’s 4110 into UA Apollo. I used a UAD Fatso for monitoring, recording the clean signal at 24-bit 96k. Equalization was minimal. I used a healthy dose of Slate’s VTM on every track.

Magic is in the performance

Magic is in the performance

Check out www.bekahkelso.com for more music.

Thanks for listening!

 

Wednesday Report

Today is the first of the last days. Audio Enginearing Institute is wrapping up it’s Audio 201 Advanced Studio Labs. This is the last course students are required to complete before going out into the world (Anyone looking for audio interns?).

Thanks to Bauhaus Media I’m turning in the last commercials for a credit union in South Florida. So far the count is 92 spots for tv and radio.

As for music, I am extremely thankful my friends want to make it.

I’m working on a cool jazzy unique project with Jason Carter III. Bekah Kelso and the Fellas are gearing up to record a new album. I’ve been writing a song a week for the last 12 weeks(personal or sbol). Seventythree Records is also finalizing a new release for 2014.

Thanks for listening!

 

 

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San Antonio RAW Artist Event

Bekah Kelso performs at San Antonio RAW Artist Event Thursday March 27th.

The band includes David Brent on Drum/Percussion, Ricky Hernandez on Keyboards and myself on Bass. We’ll be performing favorites as well as new material we’ll be recording in May 2014.

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you there.

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