JOHN 5: ROCK’S NOT DEAD, IT’S CHANGED

I posted an interview with Gene Simmons of Kiss a while back. Below you will find John 5’s (of Rob Zombies band) take on the matter from an interview he did recently.

Michael MacLeod of Wolf’s Den Records says “I will tell you this, my experience is, it is getting much harder to make a living in the music industry. People don’t want to pay for music and even expect to get any music they want for free. Many venues are still paying bands what they were making 30 years ago or worse yet paying nothing stating “they are giving us exposure”. We as musicians and artists need to push for a change to improve our situation. I personally will not play for free or for less than what I feel my time, effort, experience and talent are worth. You wouldn’t ask a mechanic or an electrician to work for free or for exposure”.


So Wolf-pack, What do you think? What’s your take on this matter?

Here is the John 5 Interview.

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JOHN 5: ROCK’S NOT DEAD, IT’S CHANGED

Rob Zombie guitarist says artists just have to work harder to keep it alive

Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 insists rock isn’t dead – but says it has changed dramatically in recent years.

Kiss mainman Gene Simmons sparked debate earlier this year when he stated: “Rock is finally dead. The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age, it was murdered.”

That comment led to a string of artists defending rock music, including Rob Halford, Joe Perry, Mark Tremonti, Corey Taylor, Scott Ian and Slash. Now John 5 has given his take on the state of the industry, saying although piracy is a problem, the music lives on.

He tells Icon vs Icon: “The industry has changed dramatically. It has changed so drastically, it’s like night and day. It’s not dead, but it changed. We just have to keep writing great songs and doing great shows to keep it alive.

“It’s not just rock. It could be rap, country or anything like that. Music is a tough business because there’s so much piracy out there. I know what it was like because back in the day, I was around when people were standing in line to buy a record. It has definitely changed a lot.”

But the guitarist, who released his eighth solo album Careful With That Axe earlier this year, says he wouldn’t discourage anyone from pursuing a career in the music business.

He continues: “I would say, if you don’t do it, somebody else will. If you really want it, just do it. If you do something to move closer to your career every day, even if it’s just making a couple of phone calls, you’ll get there eventually.”

Earlier this year, Zombie said John 5 was the only musician he could trust. And the guitarist, who is working with the frontman on the follow-up to 2013’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor and the soundtrack to his film 31, says the pair are best friends.

He adds: “Our relationship couldn’t be better. We have such a great working relationship in the studio and on the road. We are like best friends, so it’s such a pleasure to work with him. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

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What people are saying about our New CD

Some very touching words of praise from Jen L. who got her copy of our Album on it’s release day.

” The Wedding Album is amazing, I was driving home from work rockin’ out, doing the disco, and crying my eyes out all from the same CD. In addition to being blown away by all the hard work that went into this labor-intensive wedding favor, I have to say I’m so impressed by the technical musical talent! Truly awesome”

Some wonderful words From Bill H. about our most recent CD.

“Hi Michael! I gotta tell ya. I must have listened to yours and Mer’s cover CD at least 25 times… no exaggeration. All my kids are singing the songs on it and LOVE it. After listening to it several times, someone may just call it a cover album. However, I see your hand in it, and your personality shines through in every song. You two did a phenomenal job on this album. You really did justice to all of the songs on the album and succeeded in bringing your own originality to it, while preserving the integrity of all the songs. Kudos to both of you for your hard work!”

Being able to touch people in such a powerful way is why we make music. Compliments like these made all the effort of this album worthwhile. When someone appreciates what we do to this level we love to hear about it. So I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again. THIS is the reason we make music.

Many thanx to Jen & Bill for their kind words.  It really excites me that yourselves and your families are loving the CD. Thank you!


You can get your copy of our latest CD here
https://wolfsdenmusic.wordpress.com/purchase-music-here/


Keep on Rockin!
Michael MacLeod

New Album Release.

Hey Wolfpack!

Michael MacLeod & Meredith Bailey are tying the knot soon.  In 10 Days to be exact. To celebrate this momentous occasion they are releasing their first joint effort, an album of cover songs completely produced, arranged, sung, played, recorded, mixed and mastered by just the two of them. It was a huge undertaking and was done on a tight schedule, but it is a fun and amazing album featuring songs from 1957 to 1980. We are only pressing 200 copies (over 100 of which are spoken for already) so keep your eyes here on our blog, our Facebook page and Twitter accounts to pick up your copy. We will also be doing a contest giveaway to be announced soon.

Here is a little teaser of our Album Cover.
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One of the best unknown rock guitarists dies

Today, Wolf’s Den marks the passing of legendary rock guitarist Dick Wagner. Dick Wagner is famous for his work with Alice Cooper (co-writing Only Women Bleed, School’s Out, and Billion Dollar Babies, among others), Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, and Rod Stewart, but he is uncredited for work done on many albums for many bands, including Kiss.Gene Simmons: “Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman.”

He will be missed.”We here at Wolf’s Den will Miss Dick Wagner as well. R.I.P. sir.
He will live on through his work and his fans.

Check out an interview with Dick Wagner by Alice Cooper Here

Dick Wagner, esteemed Michigan rock guitarist, dead at 71
Wagner, the Michigan-bred guitarist renowned for his work with Alice Cooper, the Frost, Lou Reed and others, succumbed to respiratory failure at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center in Arizona.

Studio Techniques: Gain Staging

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First off, what is gain staging and why is it important?

Gain staging is the process of managing the levels of incoming audio signals to eliminate noise and prevent distortions or signal clipping as much as possible.

How do I address gain staging in my recordings?

Historically, in the days of analog recording, engineers would try to find a “sweet spot” at which the incoming audio signal was significantly above the ordinary analog noise floor but yet would fall just shy of clipping the audio signal during the loudest parts of the performance.  This spot was often around the 0 db zone.  This would result in tracks that were as hot as possible without clipping.

However, with the advent of digital recording, the recording noise floor has dropped to next to nothing – and the gain stage needed to change with it, too.  Digital recording not only allows for, but basically requires, a far more conservative approach to recording levels.

This technique creates good-quality recordings with, by default, low background noise, and plenty of headroom on the meter.  Often, plugins used during the mixing and mastering phases of recording will use some of that headroom, so if your initial performance was done at too high a level, the addition of plugins can easily push your performance into the dreaded “too hot” zone.  The quality of your sound will suffer.  Far better to record at a conservative level and make a track louder, if necessary, during the mastering stage than to have to over-compress and squash the life out of a good performance that was recorded at too high a level.

For digital recording, the “sweet spot” tends to be around -18 dB.

Proper gain staging also helps in the mixing phase of recording – in general, mixes turn out better when tracks are at low levels on the faders.  If a mix is too quiet for you to adequately hear it, don’t turn up the faders on the board – turn up your monitors!

After recording, mixing, and ensuring that no signal-clipping has occurred in any track, bus all channels through a stereo master fader.  This fader represents an aggregate of all signals being bussed to it from other channels, so it may very well be the case that it will have a very high signal, or may even clip.  If this is the case, group all audio channels and turn them down as a collective unit until the master fader is at about -10 db.  It should not be approaching the -3 db mark – don’t just turn down the master fader!  This only masks the symptom of the issue without resolving the issue itself.

I hope this helps with your next mix. Good luck!

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