September 17 – Reamping session for Herod
Spent a few days figuring out the guitar sound for Herod‘s upcoming album together with the band & Raph my and Félix‘s place – We ended up picking my trusty old 5150 for the basic sound, plus my ‘74 Carlsbro Twin for the B/‘end of the world’ rig, plus of course we wrangled everything through some darn crazy pedals.The result was steamy with a fair amount of nastiness in there, so that’s a ten out of ten.This album is going to rip your face off… just sayin’
September 15 – Last festival of the season
Took care of monitors at Meh Suff!-festival last weekend, twenty bands over two days – what a treat!It’s been exactly two years and one week since the last edition, so we made sure an extra ball was had. Bumped into many wonderful folks for the first time in ages again, unfortunately missed out on a few as well – But we all got to witness astounding performances by the likes of Asphyx, Nifelheim, Rotting Christ, and many more, so who am I to complain.Bonus points for the first circle pit in years, plus all the bands that sounded like their records from the very first note played with minimal technical intervention – Absolute bonkers to watch this happen right in front of your ears/eyes.
This has been in the making for a while, one day maybe the peeps involved will tell the whole story of how this track came about, for now all I can do is provide technical info…
Drums tracked at Bikini Test, G/B/V/ODs by the band and EZ, reamping by me and Jakk, mix/additional chaos by me, master by Magnus Lindberg Productions.I distinctly remember importing these tracks, bringing up the faders, and being floored by the song. Sometimes things just make sense.
August 29 – New release, Operation Blockhead!
Let me see If I get this right:
– Song & performance by Jim / Jonathan / Andy
– Drums tracked at Studio De La Fonderie / Fribourg
– Overdubs: Percussion by Félix / Rhodes & Organ by Antoine / Improvised three part harmony violin solo by Mélodie / Guitars by me
– Engineered / Produced / Mixed by me
– Master by Serge Morattel / REC Studio
– Clip by Brunelle Gerber
July 31 – New release!
One of the first projects I had the pleasure to work on during the early weeks of the pandemic last year is now finally out: Murge’s new EP.
If you’re into nasty, HM2 oriented death, this might be your thing. Jam it louddddd!
This one was a bit tricky, as the original tracks needed quite the additional flavoring to get to the right spot. I ended up also reamping the guitars/bass, and then mixed & mastered the whole thing.
(Available on Bandcamp)
July 24 – First show with Kadebostany
We finally managed to bring Kadebostany’s new show to the stage – And fought the weather and other unnecessary surprises along with it. Good times in Bienne!
July 19 – Les Georges festival packed up
Still feels like a parallel universe experience, but we just packed up Les Georges 2021 – The first « larger scale » outdoor event in almost two years for me.
Not sure I’m finding the proper words here, but the joy of rolling cases and risers in and out, building up touring kits, figuring out last minute kinks, bumping into friends from near and far, and of course collectively experiencing live music, that still beats most things that there are – The universe made sense again for a few days.
Merci l’équipe, es isch super gsi, when is the next load in?
July 18th – New release!
What Aleph Said just released their new album over on Fluttery Records – Check it out if you’re up for instrumental post rock type shenanigans. Bonus points if the live vibe is your thing.
The whole album was tracked live over four days, edited, re-amped and mixed by me, and then finally mastered by Magnus Lindberg – I’ll always love enhancing live-sessions with subtle stuff, we invested quite the detail work into tweaking pedals and amps. Check it out!
July 5th – Tours
Cult of Luna finally announced what’s going on, can’t wait to be back on the road!
July 2nd – New Promethee single «Spirits Fall» out now!
April 21 – Live residency
Spent a few days in Geneva, trying to make sense of Future Faces‘ live show – pretty sure we succeeded, better come out this fall to make sure!
Also, check out their brand new album «Euphoria» while it’s still hot.
Bonus points for finally being able to simultaneously run Mainstage and multi tracking over Dante, digital networking is the best.
February 26 – Ciné concert
I heavily enjoyed starting work on a ciné concert that some crazy people around la Chaux-de-Fonds put together a little while ago for 2300 Plan 9 – Hopefully we get to do this live soon!
February 22 – Drum rec
Last week brought about another full circle moment: after almost ten years of mixing Abraham live, I finally got to chuck microphones at Dave‘s kit in the studio – it turned out to become a super smooth session with an adequate amount of mayhem thrown in here and there. Bonus points for finally going for the Tune Bot as well as a Drum Dial, happy to report these actually make life easier when used right. Tone for days!
January 05 – Reamping
This weekend, Jakk and myself spent a few soothing hours figuring out delightfully mischievous tones for Abraham‘s upcoming sonic assault.
Next up: Overdubs!
December 12 – Reamping fun
Spent the last ten days or so reamping with What Aleph Said and Malewicz plus tracking some additional vocals with Peace is Just a Break and just generally making a bunch of overall very weird sounds.
Of course the ever so important HM2 was brought up as well once or twice, so we basically keep ticking all the correct boxes here.
Next up: Recording overdubs, and a whole lot of mixing!
November 4 – Studio time
Heaps busy at the studio, the last few weeks were all about re-amping and tracking vocals for Peace is Just a Break and Operation Blockhead – I still found some time to shuffle files and prep new sessions for incoming projects, so not complaining.
Plus, and that one is definitely a bit unexpected: Working on 6+ projects at the same time actually helps me to focus, and also keeps perspectives fresh.
October 15 – Live performance
Got to do a great project at the Nouveau Monde last week – The Burden Remains celebrated the release of their new album/film with a ciné concert, and I went and made a few additionnal noises.
Being holed up at the studio all the time is fun, but the venue, staff, friends and the concert experience itself made me realize how badly I had actually been missing all of this.
I just love live music.
October 07 – Reamping session
Spent the last few days shuffling around a crazy amount of data, cleaning edits, exporting stems and what not, thankfully it led to what became quite the intense reamping-session for Operation Blockhead – Sculpting tones with all these toys available is equally fun, intense and rewarding, as long as a proper work vs. espresso balance is respected. I think we might have gotten that just right…
Next up at the studio: More files, and then palm mute galore with Peace is Just a Break!
September 31 – A live show!
Great to be back at the desk last night, at a festival none the less – Merci Promethee for having me over!
September 24 – New The Burden Remains album
The full album just dropped, you can give it a spin right below, plus buy you digital or white vinyl-copy over on Bandcamp.
August 29 – New The Burden Remains clip/single
This one is an intriguing project… These guys wrote a full soundtrack for a 50′ movie, and it somehow turned out quite more post metal typ-ish than what they were up to in the past. I got to track drums, re-amp all guitars/bass, track a ton of overdubs, and finally also co-produce and mix the whole thing.
The first single/clip is out now, the full album will follow in a few weeks.
Check it out!
August 27 – Next drum recording
This week I got to track drums for Peace Is Just A Break’s upcoming new EP. I’ve already had the pleasure of working with these gents on their 2017 album «Little Boy», so launching up this project was easy.
We did proper pre-production work, I got listen to various stages of demos, and we made sure all things were as tidy and efficient as possible before even heading to the studio – An absolute fun part of the production work, and I’m always intrigued by how we can transform songs into possibly more intriguing versions.
For this recording, we used the band’s Pearl Export kit, Remo Emperor skins helped a great deal. Since this production is going be a little less roomy, I had a lot of spot mics in place, just to make sure all details got picked up in their full glory.
Check out the following pics!
August 22 – Live studio sessions
This week it was all about What Aleph Said‘s new album – Quite early on after having done some rehearsal room demos, we decided on a live-approach. Of course we had to do this at La Fonderie studios, the multiple rooms there helped making this much easier than anywhere else.
We tracked the drums in the big room, and while we also mic’d up bass & guitars for listen back-purposes, the main goal was to keep mostly the DI-sounds, and then re-amp these later, once some basic editing had been applied.
Very much happy with how the recording has turned out, here’s a few shots from the sessions:
August 11 – About last week
Things are moving on at a steady pace over here… Spent the week tracking vocals, gangshouts and strings with Operation Blockhead, while at the same time also looking after Abraham working on their next release.
We finally managed to link up Felix‘ downstairs creative space with my room, so now I can track remotely… Very cool upgrade indeed!
Here’s a few quick shots:
July 28 – A bit of insight: Promethee
While we’re still working away at this upcoming piece of heavy machinery, here’s a bit of insight into the drum-recording…
We took the extra half day to set up properly & make sure things were in place & sounded great, before we came into track – That way we could focus on the tasks at hand separately, which is always nice.
We ended up using Baptiste’s main live kit, with a homogeneous set of Zildjian cymbals. Since this time around the band wanted to go for a more atmosphere/ambient type sound, instead of the standard super tight & clean drums, the big room of the Blend Studio was a great choice – And we made sure to honour that with no less than six ambient mics… More on that down below, here’s the full list:
Kick: B91 / SM52
Snare: M201 / Neumann 185 on top, Shure beta57 on bottom
OH: Coles 4038, ribbon love ftw
Hat/Ride/Splash: Mix of small diaphragm condensers
Ambi kick: AT4040 (Half a meter away, angled to the floor)
Ambi close/center of kit: R121
Ambi stereo far, front: C414
Ambi mono far, front: Misc. large diaphragm
Ambi mono ceiling: R121
So far, super excited about the combo of the Coles on overheads (Insanely detailed sound), the 121 at the center of the kit, and the C414s further away, plus the kick ambi mic is just super great to have.
There’s heaps of possibilities in here, and thankfully with a nicely tuned kit and a steady drummer, even the sound we have just for the production-stage/further recordings is already transitioning well, and also super close to what we were shooting for in the first place.
Guitars, bass and a few overdubs are already in the box as a type this, shooting for vocals now. More to come!
June 22 – New release: Norvhar
Been quietly chiseling away at a few projects, and doing equal bits of recording, editing, tuning, mixing and mastering for some bands – So there’s that.
A new release has just seen the light of the day, Norvhar unveiled their first ever videclip for «Skyline of Fame» – The song has been partially tracked, and then edited/produced/mixed by me. Check it out here:
March 24 – New release!
Menura just released some live videos of the live show we recorded last year at Brasserie La Meute in La Chaux-de-Fonds – We tracked this show through an X32, and it was one of the first projects I mixed in my new room. Check it out!
March 20 – Post tour
Just came back from a 2.5 weeks trip over the big pond with Cult of Luna, incl. all the hot spots, and a one off in Mexico at the other end. Covid-chaos started to be a thing at the very end of this run, and we sort of surprisingly easily made our way out without any shows being cancelled, and/or flights being too chaotic.
Check out a few crappy shots!
Finally wrapped production on The Burden Remains’ upcoming album – This monolith of an album saw it’s conception over a year ago as a commissioned work for a festival, the band handled DI- and vocal-recordings, and I did everything else from drum- and overdub-recording, to re-amping, editing, production and mixing. What an absolute blast this was!
Off to mastering now, fingers crossed!
February 23 – Live shows
Finished a solid short run of shows with Herod just the other day – We had a blast playing at the Caves Du Manoir/Martigny, SAS/Delémont, Complexity Fest/Haarlem and Usine/Genève.
Here’s a few shots from those shows:
January 7 – Studio update
The last few days and weeks I‘ve been busy tracking drums, overdubs and reamping guitars and bass for the upcoming The Burden Remains albums, we managed to capture quite the proper range of mayhem over at both La Fonderie/Fribourg and Blend Studio/Lutry – Super excited about how this album is shaping up so far!
December 11 – Cult of Luna post tour
One month further down the line, one more tour over in this very busy 2019. Took Cult of Luna for a 2.5 weeks spin all over Europe, both TMing and handling monitor sound duties this time around. It was a great experience, seeing these calm Swedish gents absolutely crushing it every night with a great setlist, and an intense performance was the highlight of quite the easy going tour.
Bonus-points: Sold out shows at epic venues such as le Trianon/Paris, etc.
Here’s a few sidestage pics:
November 1 – Eluveitie post tour tech-recap
Back for a week now from this quite epic US tour, just in time for a short tech recap…
This was the first time out with a Waves LV1 desk, and I couldn’t be happier about the outcome – Thankfully this tour was super smooth with a great and dedicated crew, so it was easy to make sure the band was not only firing from all cylinders, but also that all sources sounded as great as they could, and tweaks could easily be applied when necessary. Which in turn meant I could go full mayhem with the desk right from the start.
I only had time to do half a setup day at a local studio before the tour, thanks to Antoine / Blend Studio and an older multitrack recording from Sven / Baum Haus Audio – So setting the rig up the first time two hours away from the soundcheck made me a little nervous, but it turned out to be a breeze… I actually had to call the rental company to figure out how to boot up (!), and everything worked seamlessly from there on – No configuration or network issues, drop outs or freezes, as it usually happens with new rigs or tech. The first show went down without a glitch, and within the next three gigs I was off programming snapshots, changing/tweaking plugins during the show, doing multitrack recordings, and fiddling around with virtual soundcheck, so that halfway through the tour we stopped doing soundchecks all together.
My worst experience was two temperature warnings (Hello there, Dallas and Ottawa!), but a bit more network buffer solved that issue quite quickly. Other than that I got to say… tech of the future, right there. Can’t wait to see where this is going from here on!
September 15 – Aaaaand goodbye summer!
Can’t believe this ride is already over, what a blast it has been.
Did another two festivals with Eluveitie, got to work at the annual Meh Suff! in Zurich (Mostly running monitors, but also mixing a few bands at FOH… Aborted coming through there was fun!), then did my last show with Aborted at Doomstar’s Bloodshed Fest in Eindhoven, and tracked drums for an upcoming single release with Norvhar. Times are flying, but I thoroughly enjoy all of this!
August 29 – New video premiere!
The gents in Akantha just release a new video through HxC World Wide, check out the clip to the song «Welcome To Hell» right here:
The upcoming EP was partially tracked by me, plus I did the reamping/mix/master. Killer project, glad to have been involved!
August 28, 2019 – Where did the summer go??
Geez, it’s been a month already since my last post? I see a pattern, damn!
Not like I haven’t been busy, so at least there’s that. Festival/Club-shows with Eluveitie, Cult Of Luna and Aborted went down, from Oya/Norway, over Wacken/Germany to Sylak/France and back again… Can’t complain, and it’s gonna come to a full stop pretty soon. Until then, here’s a batch of pictures from these shows!
July 29, 2019 – Off-shows w/ Aborted
Freshly back from a few off-shows with Aborted, plus a festival on Saturday – This was a sweaty week under the sign of no-AC-venues, can’t believe this is a thing in the summer… Plus we finished the quick run with a show at what has to be one of the worst festivals ever, Stonehenge in Steenwijk/NL. What matters is that we made it, but good lord… The amount of work that had to be put in it was definitely overwhelming.
July 22, 2019 – Rock Maraton/HU (w/ Aborted) & Les Georges-Festival/CH (Fribourg)
Another then day or so into this summer, and the speed of things just isn’t dropping:
Spent a day or so in Hungary, doing a one off with Aborted…
After that, I spent a week at Les Georges-Festival in Fribourg/CH, overlooking six days of great shows in quite the unique spot.
July 7, 2019 – Resurrection Fest/Viveiro, ES (Cult Of Luna)
A single show for a weekend is a slow rhythm by any standards, but we managed to squeeze some proper beach time out of it, plus the show was killer.
July 1, 2019 – Finland conquered!
Two shows from Cult Of Luna’s Finland-weekend, especially Saturday’s Provinssi festival was highly enjoyable…
June 24, 2019 – And it’s on!
Here’s some quick shots sort of summing up the last few weeks:
June 01, 2019 – These are two of the runs I’m doing this summer:
Cult Of Luna / Festivals
May 18: Park Sounds 2019 / Huskvarna, SE
June 1: FORTAROCK 2019 / Nijmegen, NL
June 21: Graspop Metal Meeting / Dessel, BE
June 22: Hellfest Open Air Festival / Clisson, FR
June 28: Tuska Open Air Metal Festival / Hellsinki, FI
June 29: Provinssi Festival / Seinäjoki, FI
July 6: RESURRECTION FEST / Viveiro, ES
August 7: Brutal Assault / Jaromer, CZ
August 8: Øyafestivalen 2019 / Oslo, NL
August 16: Rock Altitude 2019 / Le Locle, CH
August 17: ArcTanGent / Sommerset, UK
> Mainly doing mons on this run, but helping out on all ends. Stoked.
Aborted / Festivals & off-shows
June 14: Rock The Coast / Malaga, ES
June 20: Graspop / Dessel, BE
July 13: Rock Marathon / Balathon, HU
July 19: Bade In Blut / Weil Am Rhein, DE
July 20: Circolo Svolta / Milan, IT
July 22: Randal Club / Bratislava, SK
July 23: Rockhouse / Salzburg, AU
July 24: Free & Easy Fest / Munich, DE
July 26: From Hell / Erfurt, DE
July 27: Stonehenge / Steenwijk, NL
August 09: Brutal Assault / Jaromer (CZ)
August 10: Vagos Metal Fest / Vagos (PT)
August 11: Bloodstock / Derbyshire (UK)
August 12: Kulttempel / Oberhausen (DE)
August 13: Schlachthof / Wiesbaden (DE)
August 14: Kleiner Club / Saarbrücken (DE)
August 16: Summer Breeze / Dinkelsbühl (DE)
August 17: Frantic Fest / Francavilla Al Mare (IT)
August 18: Motocultor / Saint Nollf (FR)
August 22: Deathfeast / Andernrach (DE)
September 07: Meh Suff / Hüttikon (CH)
September 14: Bloodshed Fest / Eindhoven (NL)
> FOH & TM time, bring the blasts!