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Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Pete is by far our most frequent submitter these days, and has appeared in this column in the past. We thought that we would check in on some of his more recent material and see what’s up!
Like many of our readers, Pete is a "one man band", and in keeping with that scenario the guitar seems to be his main instrument. Nothing wrong with that in principle, however in many cases this leads to the remaining instruments being performed from a guitarist's point of view. By that we mean that the guitar is either the loudest or best-sounding instrument in the mix, while the rest of the instruments often sound like a guitarist playing/programming drums, bass, keys etc.
Now before all of the guitarists get in an uproar let’s just say that this principle also applies to "one man bandits" (catchy eh?) whose main instrument may indeed be the aforementioned drums, bass or keys. The point is that only a gifted few are equally proficient at a multitude of instruments, not to mention also being recording savants. Toss “producer” into the equation and the already short list gets microscopic.
So what does all of this have to do with Pete's track? Well, a lot, actually. You see, what Pete has fashioned with "Slight of Hand" is a fine working demo. Is it radio ready? Nope. Could it be in the future? That depends.
Suggestions: What Pete's recording (and many, many others that appear in this column) seems to be lacking is the realism, energy and input of fellow travelers, or in plain English, a band of real, live players. The wonders of technology have allowed a great number of us to often wear more hats than is advisable. To all of you who fit into this category (you know who you are) we encourage you to share you music with other players/recordists and be willing to participate in a healthy exchange of ideas and talents.
In Pete's case, we are well aware from his many submissions that he has no shortage of material to network with. Live drums, an accomplished bassist and a producer to advise him would go a long way towards making his music more successful.
Summary: Check out our February issue for helpful "make-it-sound-like-a-band" tips.
Contact: Pete DeFay / Neon Smile, www.myspace.com/neonsmile