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The Rock-itt : May 2011
Popular Northern Beaches based band, Sunroom, are about to release their second album in June. We went inside the studio with Lead singer / Guitarist / and now Producer, Pete Davies to find out more. Sunroom has become a bit of a legend around the Beaches over the past few years, but now taking all that they have learnt on their journey to where they are now, they have decided to produce their own album appropriately named, "Journeys". This is what Pete Davies from the group told The Rock-itt: "We've been looking for a way to be able to continue recording our music and release albums independently, considering how hard it is to recoup the money you invest on a project like this these days. We are all passionate about the band and the music we make, but we have to be honest about our earning potential at our current level and where we put those coins! The first step for us was demo-ing the whole album which we completed early in 2010. This was my first go at engineering and mixing and at that stage I was using a simple Cubase VST with a cheap microphone and it turned out OK. About half way through last year we decided to stick with Mona Vale Music and Jason Mannell to record the Drums and Bass. We then purchased Pro- Tools, a good quality Rhodes microphone from Billy Hydes at Mona Vale and Grizzlywhale studios was born. The studio is at my place and is really only set up for our future recordings and for me to write. Because I'm now living up the coast, it would have been hard to do the travelling required to get the vocals, guitars and mixing done, as we all still work full time jobs. Jason was my over the phone mentor and a huge helping hand when I got stuck. The studio is at my place and is really only set up for our future recordings and for me to write. Because I'm now living up the coast, it would have been hard to do the travelling required to get the vocals, guitars and mixing done, as we all still work full time jobs. Jason was my over the phone mentor and a huge helping hand when I got stuck. The scariest part was mixing and trusting your own ears, as being a writer and performer on the songs, it's hard to distance yourself enough to create the space and sounds that you want. Thankfully, the other blokes were happy with the end result and we sent it off to Studios 301 for Mastering by Leon Zervos, who also mastered our first album when he was in New York. It was a huge learning curve for me and I've still got heaps to learn, but it means that we'll be able to keep making music regardless of commercial success / illegal bloody downloading, for many years to come! We're now finalising the artwork and layout for the CD which we will be launching at the Mona Vale Hotel on Friday the 3rd June... See you all there!!" The Rock-itt is extremely interested in this new Album "Journeys" and is hot to get their hands on it. We intend doing a full feature of the band in June and will also give you a rundown on what we think of Pete Davies' engineering skills. But for the rest of you out there who don't have the skills to do your own thing yet "Rumpus Records" at Dee Why have all the support youneedifyouwanttogetaCD out there.