Started work on this new project called “Let You Down” a couple weeks back. It was initially a concept beat I created as part of my “5 beats in 2 hours” studio session with my then manager Kola Bello. Didn’t really know what to do with it, and to be honest, didn’t even know if it was the kind of beat that would inspire me enough to take it further. It was good, but still very bare as I made it in 10 minutes.

Fast forward one year, and within two weeks I’ve pretty much got it near completion. Cynthia Erivo [Youtube her], a vocalist who has graced stages alongside established artists such as Fantasia and Mario features on the hook, with some progressive vocals from myself. I tried something a little different flow wise, and lyrically it’s on the same sort of level as my Exhibit A track, where I tried to attack the tune from a poetic angle. Courtney Bennett also makes a subtle appearance in the form of some additional backing vocals, to thicken out the harmonic pad Cynthia already dropped under her lead. Her tone complimented Cynthia’s in a way which I don’t think another vocalist I know could.

Joe Newman – Let You Down Guitar

Dragged Joe Newman from The Street Orchestra/Parallel on the track as I knew the track needed some almost rock-type acoustic guitar, and we figured out a part which I challenge any guitarist-producer combo to better! Fits really nicely with the emotion of the piano part. The interesting part of this recording was the fact that we recorded in my BEDROOM as opposed to my dad’s studio. Got a nice sound, the room resonated nicely after I covered a couple walls with duvets. Didn’t want to fully dampen so a couple of the walls were kept bare. Still had some high-end gear in the room though.

The full set-up included my MacBook Pro, Neumann U87ai, Shure SM57, Apogee Duet, HD25’s, DT150s and my Soundcraft mixer. Although the guitar is a mono instrument, I wanted to give it a stereo field (without the use of double tracking) so I used the SM57 towards for the body, to create a gritty low end sound, and the U87 to pick up the fretboard’s intricacies. Panned left and right it sounds beautiful, and far better than a double tracked section that would be messy in context of how many instruments I have going on in the track!

The track will up towards the end of Jan. Merry Xmas!

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