Lola’s Theme — Vocals 1.0
This is a 2-part series, continuing from the previous trumpet series here.
Part 1 — Preparation
The Artist Search
The search for a vocalist was the trickiest of the lot. First, the vocals in Lola’s Theme are so powerful and so integral to the success of the song, that we needed a competent artist to record.
We thought we’d found our “soul sister” but the day before recording she cancelled on us. Subsequent attempts to tie her down to a recording session failed so we moved on to explore other avenues.
Knowing that we were now a week behind schedule, I unabashedly exhausted all my contacts to find an artist. Eugene and Adam did the same, and by the week’s end, we had a few artists whom we thought we could call on.
Quickest to respond was Demi Cruickshanks, a friend of Adam’s friend (2 degrees of separation), and we locked her in to record.
Booking the Session
Once Demi was confirmed, we booked 6 hours of recording time in the Neve, which with an hour to set up and factoring-in likely stoppages, would give us at least 4 hours of recording time.
The roles for this session were rotated again. Adam would function as the DAW Operator, Eugene as Live Room Engineer and I would function as Console Engineer.
In hindsight, bringing in Demi, an artist whom none of us had heard sing before was incredibly risky and a poor strategy to follow in the future. Fortunately, we got lucky here and Demi suited the role perfectly.
Following in Part 2 will be a review of the recording session.