Big Budget Production

The environment began to seem normal to me. I had learned enough in-studio to make changes to my personal recording setup, but the lifestyle associated with being at big-budget studios was beginning to rub off on me. I spoke as though I knew what I was talking about, even when I didn’t. So as we change studios, we make our way to Quad, a famous recording space in New York City. The label was growing, and while my face was on the roster of artists to be developed, there was a rising concern among other artists with moves being made behind the scenes. Concerns about creative direction seemed to be targeted toward my direction, as I was the only person on the team with both “artist” and “creative” roles. So with every smoke break taken on the hidden fire escape of our session room, I was met by another artist with a need to vent frustration. Stupidly, I thought I was in a position to affect change, so I listened and took mental notes of what everyone was saying and thinking, even offering words of encouragement like “we’ll get through this as a team”. I left the studio that day with a plan of action that would not be met with enthusiasm.

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