A Shane Ramsay Article
Shane Ramsay Interview with Chris Pinset
Chris, you and I met in your recording studio many years ago.
Fast forward from a long story, I was invited to the recording of the Red Gone Wild album by Redman. You and team could not be more welcoming and I had the time of my life in NY. From radio stations to recording studio you and team stay working hard. I can not thank you enough. Red Gone Wild would go Gold and Jermaine Paul would later win on The Voice season 2. Let's talk about it.
Shane: How amazing is it that you record some of the best in music?
Chris: I’ve been fortunate really . I started recording in the 80s . I’m on a lucky streak .
Shane: What I noticed is your ability to keep the session moving. What would you say is the biggest thing you focus on in a recording?
Chris: Honestly , over time , analog technology and low cost have helped me create a canvas that works for me . I truly focus on getting a great lead vocal sound .
Shane: You even shared some tips and secrets with me that I value and notice in other music. Can you share just one?
Chris: One thing I do is make sure I have one great vocal and one great track . I find that if you’re doubling lead vocals ... you’re basically translating the idea that you think the lead is weak . So one vocal is my thing . Also , if a song is three minutes .. that’s how long the red light should be on .
Shane: How do you prepare for a session?
Chris: Preparation depends on the individual recording artist and genre . Everything artistic is a reflection of what we perceive , so I keep the glass clean .
Shane: What is your inspiration and why do you work so hard?
Chris: My inspiration is my childhood musical experience growing up . I try and keep up with the musicians of yesteryear , .. so I never really get there like a horse chasing a rabbit.
Shane: For someone starting out, what do you suggest?
Chris: I suggest everybody get a midi/usb keyboard and a Mac loaded with Abelton and waves plugins. A good mic interface. A good mic.
Shane: Do you try and limit yourself to 8 hours of working or keep working if there is work?
Chris: First of all, we don’t work. It’s a play and record button over there. So I lock myself up in a room and go til I sleep like a slot machine.
Shane: What do you think most artist are not doing well and need to focus on?
Chris: I focus on what artists do well. I think overall, I think with the lack of musical instruments and players of instruments.. true specialists.. there’s a void of good taste because of the financial evaluation of music today.
Shane: What do you think artists are doing well and need to continue?
Chris: Musicians are rocking and need to continue being themselves.
Shane: A thousand thank you's for your time. Congrats on everything. Can't wait to hear more from your lab. Very good to connect with you again.