Friday, February 17, 2012

Village Recordings & Ken Scott!

Wow. Today was an amazing day! As the Thornton School of Music Photographer, I accompanied the Music Industry Program to The Village Recordings. If you're never heard of the Village, you should have-- it's where The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, The Eagles and B.B. King have recorded. At The Village, we met up with the one and only Ken Scott.

Ken has lived, in his words, a "blessed" life. Beginning working at Abbey Road Studios at the age of 16, Ken has mixed/ produced/ worked with the best of the best. Yes, we're talking the Beatles, David Bowie, Pink Floyd... the list goes on and on.

Ken showed the students how to best mic and record a live drum set. While most recordings today stray away from live sets, Ken embraces the use of them. He gave a hands-on demonstration, letting the students observe his process and even using one of the students as the drummer!

It was amazing being in the studio with Ken, hearing his stories about his experiences. He watched "Rocket Man" be written in 10 minutes. He was personally sung "Let it Be". He casually mentioned conversations with "Ringo" and "The Floyd". He described recording "Yer Blues" in an 8' by 15' room. Best of all, Ken is so extremely humble-- he repeatedly mentioned what a blessing the events of his life have been. He offers pearls of wisdom on the music industry, which can be applied to life in general. They resonated with me so much that I couldn't help grabbing a piece of paper and a pencil to jot them down! Here are some of my personal favorites:

"There are no wrongs in recording. If it sounds good, it is good. That's all that matters..."

"It's about making it work, not about making it perfect"

Later that afternoon, Ken spoke at Thornton Pop Music Forum. He chatted with Chris Sampson and students about his experiences as well as answering questions from the audience.

Today was a wonderful day. Check out some of my favorite images from the day below! (you'll notice I had to take some personally indulgent cool/ artsy shots- couldn't help myself)

I call this one "The Holy Grail". Tee hee: 

A little enthusiasm is a good thing, eh, Matias? :-)

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