Welcome to the first Jeff Ellis Worldwide BLOG entry EVER. So much of what I do gets lost in a sea of NDA's and sleepless nights, so I've decided to chronicle my adventures in a BLOG so when I'm 92 years old I can remember some of the amazing stuff I have done. As it stands now I have already forgotten most of it.
March 16, 2016 I boarded a flight on Norwegian Airlines with the goal of finishing the mixing of the album by my return date of March 26. The album was set to be 12 songs and we had about 3 of them done before I left LA. so 9 songs in 10 days. Considering I was going to be facing some serious jet lag and working in a studio that I was not familiar with, this was no small task.
Depending on the genre of music and the arrangement of a song it can take anywhere from 2 hours to 3 days to mix a song. Luckily, the quality of Søren Vestergaard's productions made it possible that we could mix the entire album in ~8 work days. (I hoped)
~6 months ago, I met Pernille Rosendahl on Skype after having been awake for 26 hours straight engineering a marathon Frank Ocean session. In my delirium, I decided to do the Skype meeting instead of sleeping. After hearing a few of her demos I told her exactly how I wanted to mix her album. I wanted to be aggressive and forage our own unique sound. The aesthetic would be a dark sonic landscape with a thick bottom that mirrored the emotional content of the album. We did not want to go for a safe or traditional sound. My vision mirrored her desires, we hit it off over Skype and the rest is history.
I documented most of my journey on a bunch of really tiny Polaroid photos and a Kodak disposable camera. Unfortunately, in my travels I somehow lost the disposable camera so we are left with a few Polaroids and some terrible iPhone 5s Photos. Perhaps someone in Denmark will find the missing camera and leak all of those photos to the internet someday, luckily, I took very few selfie nudes.
SIDEBAR: Pernille has most the good Polaroid photos, these are only the ones I could sneak out of the country. If I can ever get some of her's ill post them in a separate blog.
Here is an example of a terrible iPhone photo taken in Denmark:
I would be staying at the Historic Hotel Guldsmeden in the Vesterbro neighborhood of Copenhagen. This establishment is noted for their fine breakfast spread and was a very short walk from the studio. I would recommend this hotel as the accommodations were superb.
I had a fantastic photo of the room on my lost camera so instead enjoy this photograph from the street on which the hotel resides.
I woke up each morning at 6am. That is way earlier than I usually wakeup, however, with jet lag I just went with it and it lasted the entire trip. Waking up this early gave me the privilege of enjoying the Hotel Guldsmeden breakfast buffet in relative solidarity.
The studio where I would be mixing was located in the same building as Søren Vestergaard's studio and was perfect because I could walk there and be close to the producer of the album.
We repurposed a danish producers personal studio into a mixing room and it worked out great! I've designed my entire mixing gear / workflow around being mobile for just this type of situation, so I was well prepared to integrate into any studio situation that I would be facing. Also, I've been using this software called Sonarworks.com - Sonarworks™ Reference 3 which allows me to take sonic measurements of any room and calibrate my speakers to sound right in any sonic environment. Very helpful and I would highly recommend this software to anyone.
One great constant throughout the entire trip was each morning at 8:30am we would take a trip to "The Littlest Coffee Shop" which was just down the street from the studio. This was a time to gather our thoughts and form a strategy for the day. It was also a time to relax and enjoy some fine Americano's.
Many days progressed in a similar routine, Buffet > Studio > Coffee > Studio > Lunch > Studio > asleep by 6pm. We set a very aggressive deadline that we could not slack on because the finishline was actually an album screening at the Denmark Hifi Club. (Talk about pressure!!)
Somehow we actually finished in time and here are some pictures of the event. It was a smashing success and the reception was wonderful.
Anyway, somehow we managed to finish the album on time and it just came out in Denmark today. I'll post some more pictures and more info about the album when it's out in the US. I loved the way it turned out. Sorry for the purple text but I'm never changing it.
I have a bunch of cool stuff coming out soon... LOTS of new songs I've mixed and even a new Jeff Ellis Worldwide Youtube Show!