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July 23, 2009

Day in The Life: Producer on the Lennon Bus

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Hey everybody, here’s my day on Warped Tour in Charlotte, North Carolina:

7:20 a.m. - Wake up.  My alarm ring of choice: “Rockit” by Herbie Hancock. (I proceed to do the robot in my bunk for 8 minutes or so.)
7:30 a.m. - Actually get out of my bunk.  To get out of my bunk and onto the floor where there aren’t any clothes, i have to make the daily ‘morning leap of faith’ while Spiderman style scaling off the sides of the walls on my way down.
7:45 a.m. - Help set up tents in the Warped Tour Tent Village.
8 a.m. - Get breakfast at catering.  I had oatmeal with brown sugar and captain crunch in it, a banana, a muffin top (blueberry), grapes, and a glass of orange juice!  Breakfast of champions.
8:30 a.m. - Clean the bus.  This consists of Eco-Friendly Windex, vacuuming, swiffer, etc.  I love the smell of Febreze Air Effects.
9:30 a.m. - Set up audio session for acoustic recording of Meg and Dia’s “Going Away”.  This consists of setting up and organizing a session in Logic Pro 8 (assigning channels, color coordinating inputs), setting up mics, pre-amps, and 1/4 inch cables for guitars and basses, and connecting all the patches in the patchbay for headphone mixes and rerouted signals.
10:30 a.m. - Find production to get wristbands for volunteers and very important persons (VIP - that’s what that stands for)
11 a.m. - Meet with Meg and Dia and the band.  Record the instrumental track live.  Get the best recording on the 4th pass (take).
12:30 p.m. - Lunchtime.  Walk to the amphitheater, feel like a baller by using my All Access Pass to get backstage to catering.  Lunch is fish & chips, chicken tenders, corn chowder, a chocolate chip cookie, red potato salad, and really good smoothies that Doc from TV/TV made.
1 p.m. - Mixdown the instrumental track for Meg and Dia in preparation for Dia to lay down lead vocals and Meg to lay down backgrounds.  This consists of fixing levels on the tracks, adding EQ (equalization) to the tracks, compressing the tracks, and adding reverb as needed.
2:30 p.m. - Go to the Hurley.com Stage to help with filming of Meg and Dia’s live performance at Warped Tour.  Shots from FOH (front of house).
3:30 p.m. - Record Dia’s vocals for “Going Away”.  Recording using Audio Technica 4060 tube mic.
4 p.m. - Record Meg’s vocals for “Going Away”.
4:15 p.m. - Record keyboards for “Going Away”.  Piano sound with short delay and verb, electric piano sound with long delay and verb, organ and synthetic voices!
4:30 p.m. - More mixing time! Redo all levels and start track automation.
6 p.m. - Taking pics with Meg and Dia, giving private tours (shhhh).
7:30 p.m. - Worked through dinner, eating a handful of cheezits for dinner.  The bright side?  They are the Tabasco flavored cheezits.  Sick (in a good way).
7:45 p.m. - Finish audio mix/“master” of the acoustic version of Meg and Dia’s “Going Away”
8:10 p.m. - Check final mix on my laptop speakers (I take the mix that sounds good on nice speakers and make sure it sounds good on speakers that most people would listen to it on, like the speakers in my macbook pro).
8:30 p.m. - Finished with the audio mix, burn CDs.  Decision time: Edit videos or go to sleep.  And this is where I leave you.

I hope you all enjoyed sharing a part of my day with me as much as I enjoyed typing things as they happened to me.  Keep it real, keep it fun.

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