Our first day off is in Philadelphia, a few short miles from Independence Hall where the Constitution was signed. Among other things, I am proud to have learned the proper spelling is Philadelphia, not the Urban Dictionary-esque Philidelphia (I almost found this out the hard way, as WordPress seemingly does not spellcheck blog titles, I would’ve looked a total ass to my East Coast friends – but at least I didn’t try Phillydelphia).
The crew went in their own directions, some in groups and some solo, soaking up the drinks and food and vibe and experiences of the city, others spending their day at rest. It certainly does serve an admirable view, especially from 19 floors in the air:
Today’s challenge: Waking up. It has been a while since I was so beat! Sleep is like a good relationship you damn-near forget to appreciate until it’s gone.
Today’s highlight: edIT and I went out to lunch, so we could talk about tuning the different sound systems on our tour, and touch base on how things have been going. I brought my laptop with Ableton into the restaurant so we could go over frequency analyzers, how to best use them in conjunction with our ears and achieve a sound that will translate well through any system. We crossed a spectrum of production topics, from shaping leads to layers of drums and fuzzy bass distortion, highly informative and relevant stuff I’m already applying to my own music as Anoctave. If you’re interested in edIT’s production techniques, I recommend checking out his Youtube page where you will find a wealth of information, presented in his own cohesive and comprehensive terms.
Tomorrow we’re back on the bus for a 15 minute drive to the Electric Factory, an actual converted electric factory in Philadelphia, that supports up to 3000 people. I am especially looking forward to mixing on a VDosc line array with PK Subs, driven by an incredibly dynamic band, one of the best combinations in the world.
Hope to see you there!