There is nothing better than building things with passionate people. My client (and now good friend) Raine Wilder is as passionate an artist as I’ve seen come through my studio, and it shows. He came to me with huge expectations, and every intent of exceeding them, and I think we can both agree he has. I can’t put into words how impressed and proud of him I am. I truly believe he is destined to do great things through his art…and some big names (Jaywan, Yelawolf, Kuniva of D 12, and many others) have already recognized his talent.
His new record is entitled “Birthplace of Aviation” just released yesterday (for free) and people are already eating it up and curating it into mixtapes. As far as the recording process went, we wanted to make sure everything remained raw, powerful, and emotive. Songs like “I’ll take Everything”, “Famous”, and “The Countdown” are a great example of real emotion living through production. Most producers will tell you how hard it is to maintain feel, artistry, and emotion throughout the tracking of an album. Raine came to every session with all three.
I also want to give Raine a nod for being every producer and engineer’s dream. A dude who comes so prepared he can knock out a tune in less than an hour. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t give a shit about efficiency – I give a shit about effectiveness. Raine Wilder was effective in the studio. Instead of having to stop in the middle of takes to remember words, we spent more time on production i.e. phrasing, technique, velocity, and delivery. Ask any producer and they’ll tell you that’s what it’s all about. Our time in the studio wasn’t spent trying to learn lyrics, fix issues, and compromise on quality. It was tweaking, perfecting, re-purposing, and mastering his art. It’s all about building the perfect structure, and the foundation needs to be there before you move on to the roof. His was.
Raine Wilder built something amazing with “Birthplace of Aviation”, not only in his genre, but in the landscape of art, and more importantly in his life. I’m just glad I was able to be a part of it. I can only imagine where he’ll be and what his next album will be like.
By the way, you can download his entire album for FREE…and I recommend doing so.
Also follow him on Twitter, and like him on Facebook. He’s a cool guy.