As I'm writing this, I'm teaching my intern Mark how to solder cables back together. He's playfully trying not to burn his fingers, and I'm certain I've instilled the right amount of fear into him to keep him from burning down the studio... or, at least I hope I have.
He was especially excited about how instantaneous the solder melts into a deadly yet useful liquid form. And there goes all the fear. In a moment of coolness Mark had forgotten about all the fear of getting hurt or of melting something he shouldn't.
That's reason #1 I wanted to work with him. His lack of fear qualities without any sense of recklessness. The other was demeanour.
Like most 17 year olds, Mark's a little too obsessed with his phone, and yet he has a calm, comforting sense about him. It's obvious he listens when spoken to and patient dealing with people. At the same time, he shows this tightly controlled excitement and love of recording and audio.
Mix that all together and he's an obvious choice to hang around us at the shop.
Except, at half our age he's got a lot of catching up to do...
In February 2012, I had a first. A smokin' blues-ish band Van Funk & the LeBarons spent a weekend with us and were determined to record live off the floor. No problem. We can handle a 4 piece band.
- A four piece drum kit with 9 mics
- A bass guitar D.I.'d
- A guitar into two cabinets
- Two lead singers
14 channels to record a four piece band seems pretty easy. We can do 24 in a snap! Then we tried to lay it out logistically. How do we maximize the isolation while still letting everyone feel like they're playing together? How do we get two singers isolated from everything else? One singer is easy. We have a little isolation room perfect for that. But two?