Lab Session at Olive Studios

Mark from "Them Hebrew Boys" flowing on the mic

Mark from “Them Hebrew Boys” flowing on the mic

So after the last blog post, which might I add had over 218 views to it (the biggest amount of vies in one day that I have ever had) I got asked by the man behind the magic at Olive Studios, Jordan Flores, to help spread the world about what goes on behind the mic at that awesome place.  I definitely feel honored to take up that responsibility and I will make sure that I give the best write ups possible about everything that goes on. And well, this past Thursday was no exception to that hopeful promise.

Jordan working on the track, being the master that he is

Jordan working on the track, being the master that he is

Jordan hit me back up and invited me to come on over while He, and the Christian rap group Them Hebrew Boys ( please make sure you follow them on Instagram If you can) made some more progress on the track that they began to lay a couple of weeks ago.   When I got there it already seemed a lot different then what had all been put together the first session that we had. Jordan had put some hours in on the mastering and was definitely making it a work in progress. I will definitely say how ever, that it sounded killer. That first verse that one of the members of the group, Flex, had put down sounded flipping awesome . Jordan however seemed to be in somewhat of a “fine tune” mood if you will as soon as I got there, throwing out sounds and adding new stuff back on to the track that he and replaced. Seemed like it may have been one of those days!

Them Hebrew Boys go there a little bit after I did and brought along the 3rd member that wasn’t able to be there the last time we all were in the studio. This was the first time that he had heard the track. When we all got situated, he confessed he was a little nervous about the type of track that it is, being an EDM based. He and the rest of the guys had never done anything on a track like this before so it was definitely understandable in his skepticism. But, once he started hearing it. he definitely liked it.

Them Hebrew Boys in a pow wow with Jordan talking about the track as they get started

Them Hebrew Boys in a pow wow with Jordan talking about the track as they get started

The session with somewhat of a huddle, Jordan let the group know how he had processed the track after the last time we had met, and the direction of where he would like to end this one along with. Looks like the EP that will be coming out at some point will be a good mix of sounds. I am excited to hear it once it does.

Flex’s verse had been done and taken care off, most of the focus of the session so Thursday it was mostly all about getting  Zo’s verse redone and the Mark, who couldn’t come the first day. Zo’s was a little bit off pace so it needed to be redone and try to get it lined up with the way the beat was. Having it be an EDM style track it was just something that needed to be used too. Zo wanted to kind of re write, line up and rethink everything to try to make sure it was on point  so we started to session off with Mark.

Before we got into the booth, we looped the track over and over again so that the boys could all get kind of “re-introduction” to it.  Since it had been  few weeks since they had heard it.  After a couple of times, it seemed as though Mark had gotten a verse written in his head so him and Flex went into the booth and started doing some ad-libbing and organizing of thoughts.

Mark inside the studio

Mark inside the studio

Once mark was ready, the door was shut and he just began to lay the lyrics.  I must say that boy can spit some lyrics. he did a dang good job at getting his verse out in the amount of bars that was needed for the type of track, he is a fast rhymer, it was very impressive.  There were some moments where things needed be slowed down and or added in so that everything could be lined up. The way Jordan recorded him in was would start and stop at different parts of the verse so that he could go back in and put it all together later. After a few attempts everything finally went well and we had his verse recorded. Next up was Zo.

Zo reappeared after vanishing for a while, He had gone off on his own to kind of re-organize his thoughts on his verse so it would fit better with the track. Zo went in the studio and tried had to get it more in line with the track, and really wanted to get it in one take. Ended up that the verse needed to be done in pieces and was a LITTLE short, I believe from what I remember it as about a two bars or so short. They were trying to hit between 8 and 16 bars just based on what an EDM

Zo sitting down after reappearing from taking a moment to get his verse a little more refined

Zo sitting down after reappearing from taking a moment to get his verse a little more refined

style track normal consisted of in its sequence of sounds.  So some things needed to be added to the verse. It was either going to be some more lyrics or parts would need to be  elongated to make it fit completely. Ended up doing a little bit of both and to make sure it sounded on point with the rest that he laid down on the verse he punched in at certain parts of the song so he could keep the pace up and wouldn’t have to keep redoing the vera all over again while he was trying to get it to flow. At the end of his booth time, Zo came out happy, and We sat there for a little bit while Jordan played with it to see some of what it would sound like. At the end of that time it came out how it should have.

Flex went back in too the booth after Z0 was done getting his verse taken care of. They want dot stat doing some ad-libbing and possibly get a hook going on the track so they can have something to kinda bring it around and hook all of it together. Which Ill be honest I think he did a great job doing. Everyone worked on that part of the track for the last part of the session I am telling you, this song that they are making, the three of them and Jordan, is going to come out so awesome. It sounds great as it is but once its all said and done, it will be great. I can’t wait and I sure hope you guys will enjoy it too. Please keep a look out.

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