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In this milestone 100th episode of Tape Notes, John is joined by the Finneas at Lightship95 Studio, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his album ‘Optimist’ and his new single ‘Mona Lisa Mona Lisa’.
Reflecting on the fluidity of his writing process, Finneas talks us through the varied methods and circumstances in which his tracks took shape, from the very first synth sounds that kick-started ideas, to the detailed sonic decisions that helped each element work towards a cohesive goal.
Alongside the production masterclass, Finneas looks back on his career so far, discussing his family’s involvement with his music and the impact they’ve had on his creativity. We hear stories from the early days of making music videos with his mum, vocal mic shootouts with Billie, and the essential advice that he still lives by.
Listen to find out why mediocrity isn’t a bad thing, how finishing a song isn’t too dissimilar to finishing a meal, and why the correct way to do something isn’t always the correct way.
Tracks discussed: How It Ends, Medieval, Mona Lisa Mona Lisa
LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES
Listen to ‘Optimist’ here.
Listen to ‘Mona Lisa Mona Lisa’ here.
OYOY Inc, Interscope Records
Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective.
Output Analogue Strings
FabFilter Twin 2
Soundtoys Little AlterBoy
Native Instruments Bundle
Native Instruments Massive
Telefunken ELA M 251
Audio Technica AT2020
Sequential Prophet X
Novation UltraNova Synth
Tube-Tech CL1B Compressor
Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter
Sweetwater Best Seller List
Logic - Compressor Plugin
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