Writing and rearranging a song in the studio is never the ideal situation, especially if you are on a limited budget. Though it isn’t ideal, in order to make a great record, it sometimes has to happen. Over the weekend, I spent the past 3 days rehearsing, rewriting and rearranging 16 songs and tracking them on drums. Due to a tight touring schedule and time constraints, the band I am working with didn’t have time to properly pre-produce and demo their songs. Walking into recording we had to refine the songs as well as get the drums tracked in a weekend. While we could have done this on the recording drumset, when playing hard pounding rock music, all of the drum heads would have needed to be replaced constantly, taking up precious time and money.
Instead, we setup a second drumset and whenever we were rehearsing or rewriting a song we would work on that drumset, in order to keep the tuning and heads fresh on the recording drumset. When a song was finished being written and played confidently, we would take it over to the recording drumset and track the song. This not only saved us time and money, but got us in a work ethic where we committed to the song being fully written before we got into a recording situation. This did us great good in the mental focus department and made it so we were able to keep the two processes separated as they should be.