Once we have the songs selected, we begin developing the blueprint for the production process. In this stage of pre-production we review the basic arrangement of the song, instrumentation, tempo, groove, melody, lyrics, etc. Some artists have many of these elements worked out ahead of time. Others ask for our guidance and assistance with these aspects.
Our approach is entirely dependent upon what the songs call for and what the artist desires. Either way, this process is an essential aspect of ensuring that we take the proper approach in the production process. At the end of these sessions we want to be able to hear what the record should sound like before we step into the tracking room.