There's always a lot of things going through my mind when I'm putting down my parts for any recording project. Like I've said before, this process does weird things to me. When you are focusing on something so completely that you are at the point of neglecting everything else around you, I think it's natural that you become a little neurotic.
This session had me thinking about the last time I recorded bass for Myyth. On that occasion I did my parts in one or two takes straight after we finished tracked drums for each song. I spent maybe fifteen minutes on each of them. Considering we were recording in a beautiful space but were under the pump for time, that sort of approach was just a part of the reality of the situation.
This time, we spent about a day and a half working on the parts. This meant getting a chance to focus on really locking in with the drums. Since the last session I purchased a new instrument and had a bunch of cool new sounds to run through. It felt awesome to plug in and hear everything sounding so great as I tracked.
Recording is a battle of internal expectation. I always expect myself to be playing accurately, cleanly and in a way that is controlled. I knew I was capable of doing a really good job on the parts, so I wanted to be really mindful of all these elements and get the fundamentals right on. But no one is perfect. It's a matter of coming to terms with the idea that you can only do the best you can and that sometimes you have to just go with it and leave little fixes until later on in the process.
It's always odd to hear your work back later when you're not in the middle of everything. A part that sounded fine at the time can be unlistenable and parts you thought were terrible are van actually be pretty great. Much of the process of creating is so subconscious and instinctive that you aren't in control of a lot of what's going on. In those moments you're really just channelling and you just have to wait until get some space from everything to get an understanding of how you did. This is what makes making stuff so confounding and so special.