Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Something About Recording...

There's something about writing and recording songs that provides me with a feeling of near bliss. It's a feeling that I really haven't enjoyed much since the making of 2009's TOWARD THE ESCAPE, an experience I shared with George Nipe III and Mike Hicks and which, though it might not sound like it, was an extremely complex engineering project. I've often said that I missed my true calling by not at least trying to make a life as a studio engineer and/or producer. Though most people could never understand why, few things are more enjoyable to me than working through an arrangement and taking on the technical challenges of creating a new soundscape. How could I re-phrase that line to make it less of a cliche? Am I being a little too obscure with the lyrics? Does this song need a harmony backing vocal? How much compression do I need to apply to a particular track? What sort of equalization should the backing vocals have? How can I string together the pieces of a difficult comped guitar solo? Would this song sound better with or without a keyboard part? Yeah...I love that sort of stuff. It's one of the few things I'll really miss about this life when it's time to pass on to the next plane of existence.