Vikings // Album Production & Mixing
VIKINGS // Album Production & Mixing
It started as a simple project; to mix the new album by Winnipeg's Vikings. But as the weeks turned into months, it became apparent that this project wasn't going to be finished anytime soon...
When I received the stems for the album, I told the band that I would "do my thang" to them. By that I meant add a little more beef, and give the tracks a good solid mix that could turn heads from the underground world and perhaps the pop world as well.
We eventually decided to go back after a while and re record a lot of the vocals. They were originally done on a Neumann U 47, and sounded fine, but later decided that some of the new material I was doing with my own gear was a little more up their alley. So... Most of the songs were re-recorded in my own studio at home, which eventually turned into remixing some songs, re-producing some songs, and then producing some new songs altogether.
Right around the time where we were wrapping up the mixes (Nov 2016), I got notice that the band had reached out to Billy Bush (garbage, the naked and famous) and that he was actually going to do his own versions of 1 f the ep tracks and 3 of the album tracks. I was a little butt hurt, but at the same time I know how these things go and a the end of the day, it's just business.
All in all, it took 2 years to get this project completed. Get Famous! and JNL projects took the backseat for a while for it to happen. I'm happy with the end result, and look forward to producing more material for them in the future. Shout out to my pal BitFunk for mastering the Animal Kingdom Ep.
***UPDATE: The band has since asked me to join the group in a more permanent role. I've played a few shows with them now, and might continue to do so. Look out for VIKINGS on tour.
VIKINGS: Animal Kingdom Ep can be found here: