IN THE STUDIO WITH JOSH HERNDON
by Nate Lewin
January 13, 2015
For singer-songwriter Josh Herndon, music is about inspiring change in someone’s life.
This week Josh was in the studio with the Tunewelders team, recording his first album Deeper Water.
For Josh, the studio experience was a new one, but he quickly found his stride. When asked about his first venture in a professional recording studio, he had this to say:
“Ben [Holst] and Vic [Stafford] are both really cool and made me feel at home. I don’t think this experience would have been as good without them. They are so encouraging. If we messed up during a take - we just did it again until we got it right. There was no pressure to get it done immediately or in a certain number of takes. They keep it light.”
For Holst and Stafford, a successful album is a product of making the artist feel comfortable in a foreign and often intimidating environment. Holst spoke about the importance of this:
“Whenever I work with a new recording artist I spend as much time as I can to demystify the process. It takes a long time to get used to elements like a new headphone system or a room that sounds different. Even things like different seating can really throw someone off. We also have to be very mindful of our technical linguistics, which most recording artists won’t understand or may misinterpret.”
This album is a highly emotional work drawing from Josh’s personal experiences and hard times and desire to inspire change. As he puts it, “your hardship becomes something beautiful”.
For Stafford, it is all about the artist and their message, and to not allow the technical process get in the way. “Our job is to clear a pathway to creativity.“
Deeper Water will be released in February.