Custom Backing Tracks – Jumpin’ Jimmy Reed
In between new and ongoing production projects we’ve been busy putting together original, and covers of backing tracks for singers, instrumentalists. and entertainment companies here in the UK, USA, Europe and as far away as Malaysia and New Zealand.
The range of music has been fairly diverse. Guitarist and vocalist right now I’m putting together tracks for Jumpin’ Jimmy Reed, a Blues/Rock guitarist and vocalist that performs at clubs and outdoor festivals in the Midwest United States.
Says Jimmy, “I was looking for a studio to make custom backing tracks for my live show. I wanted live musicians to play on the recordings as much as possible and still be able to afford them. I had a couple of horrible experiences with other studios before I found Offbeat Music Productions. Iain and the gang have been a joy to work with. The pricing, musicianship, and production quality are exactly what I was looking and I look forward to many future collaborations”.
The first track I’m working on for him is When The Night Comes by Joe Cocker. I pulled in Rich Anderson to do piano and organ and Annie McCaig (who sang on the Songs From The Big Chair album by Tears For Fears, as well s working with Level 42 and Simple Minds) will feature on Backing Vocals along with Offbeat’s Kirsty Anderson and vocalist Brian Rice, who will also feature on Drums. I’ll be on Bass and Rhythm Guitar, Engineering and Production.
Re-creating backing tracks from originals can be challenging but rewarding and it’s a great way to learn different production techniques. Sometimes I can lay the original track onto Logic and work alongside the track, if it happens to be synced to a click. When a client wants a track in a different key, or the original tracks isn’t synced, you can’t just lay your track on top of the original and copy it. Either way it’s a slow process and takes time to get a great result. It’s good to work with guys like Jimmy who really appreciate and understand what’s involved in producing a custom backing track.
Amongst clients we have produced tracks for recently are Peel Entertainment. We have contributed to the production of the musical Piano Man with backing tracks for the live performances of the songs New York State Of Mind and the title track Piano Man for the company. Rich Anderson and I recreated New York State Of Mind featuring sax player Gordon And Piano Man featured harmonica player Fraser Speirs. It’s great to be able to include class musicians in these productions and it definitely adds weight to the finished results.
Jimmy’s track will be completed very soon but meanwhile here’s a snippet of New York State Of Mind with Rich Anderson on Piano & Strings. Gordon on Sax, amd me on Bass & Drums.