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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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Archive for May 6th, 2010

Paying His Dues

Posted by djafan on Thursday, May 6, 2010

Abrra and Angelica, (in that order) discuss…the studio.  You decide.

My initial reaction to this:

Was this: David in a recording studio session with Mike K. was –O. M. G. !

Why? Why?  Is David in a messy broom closet?  This is not how good music is made.  Not only is David in danger, but the instruments are as well.  One misstep and those leaning guitars are going south.

TWANG!!!!

What is with that couch?  Is that where David sits to rest between takes?  It looks like it may swallow him whole if he dares try. He can hardly find a spot for his water bottle.
Notice his face is hidden.  I am positive it’s by design.  He is embarrassed to be seen in such a messy studio.

Jive please look at these places you send David to record in?  I want only the best for him when he works.   Nothing less!

Dear Jive,
How about you folks give David the respect of a decent recording studio? That is a mess.

Mother Angelica is NOT amused!

Signed,

Abrra

Well, THIS Angelica is excessively gratified.

Come, Abrra, let us reason together.

1.  “Is David in a messy broom closet?” No.  It is not a broom closet.  It is a highly functional environment well suited for its needs.  Acoustic wall tiles, mic stand, piano, and wall to wall guitars.  What more is needed to produce the real thing, music that is not overly produced?

2.  “That is a mess.” One man’s mess is another man’s castle.  You see a mess.  I see no frills comfort and a certain  masculine, who cares, let’s just get some work done attitude about the place.  

3.  “Not only is David in danger….” Stop right there.  David is not in danger of Mike’s guitars falling nor were any guitars harmed in the making of this music.  He has a very good rapport with Mike’s guitars and they would never harm him either.  We all recall him sweetly petting one on stage while he was a little under the weather and Mike smiling at him all the while as if to say, “Dude, just how much of that cold medicine did you take?”

4.  “What is with that couch?…It looks like it will swallow him whole.” Again, you seek for danger where there is none.  The couch will not surely swallow him.  It is comfy and worn in is all.  Perfect for taking a much needed nap during marathon writing sessions.  Or lounging upon for a good think when the words don’t readily come.  It even has a neatly folded blue blankie waiting.  Nice touch.

5.  “Notice his face is hidden…He is embarrassed to be seen…” He is not embarrassed.  He is busy.  He does not have time to grin at the camera.  He is a working man now with a busy schedule and deadlines to meet.  David would not be embarrassed by any room.  Have you seen some of his vlogs?

6.  “This is not how good music is made.” Well, yeah, this is exactly how good music is made.  This is the way many of the best recording artists in the past have made the music we still love today.  How did it get so complicated with so much mixing and synthesizers and artificial sleight of hand?  The less you do to David’s voice, the better he sounds as evidenced by the live vs studio versions of his debut album.  Let’s also remember that David and Mike Krompass are the team that created Zero Gravity and Somebody Out There, neither of which made it on the album but should have.

7.  “Dear Jive, How about you guys giving David the respect of a decent recording studio?” Good question and one that may prompt discussion that will educate us all by those who know more about such matters.  I confess I do not.  But on doing a bit of research I have learned that big labels retain almost total control and much of the monies a recording artist makes.  For example, a usual contract calls for a certain amount of albums to be recorded, usually one a year.  From what I have read, most of the time the label advances an artist the money to make the album, which must be used for all production costs involved like musicians, writers, and yes, the cost of studios to work in.  The average cost of a studio is $75 to $125 an hour.  Average cost of an experienced musician is $100 an hour.  Then there is the cost of writers, mastering engineers, producers, equipment, etc, etc…The list goes on and on.   Here is a link to an interesting article on how most recording contracts work. 

recording-contract2.htm

He is recording in several studios for his sophomore album, from Nashville to New York to Los Angeles.  This is just one place among many where he is discovering all the places within himself he wants to take us.  Whatever it takes, I’m there.

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