Recording an EP: the beginning

This is the first of a series of Blog posts that talk about how the Matt Palmer Band went about recording the EP that will be released in October 2019. As well as the recording and audio production a lot of work and creative energy went into other elements of the release, such as music videos, band photography, websites, and various promotional activities. We’ll cover that stuff too, so stay tuned!

What is an EP? EP stands for Extended Play and typically consists of a handful of songs that are recorded and released at the same time, sort of a short-form album. Wikipedia says: EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks and are considered “less expensive and time-consuming” for an artist to produce than an album. An EP is a good way to test-the-water with the recording process and tends to be a popular choice among emerging bands/artists.

So, when it felt time for me to have a go at recording some of my own songs, an EP sounded like a realistic first target. Now that we’re nearing the end of the process, I’m glad we didn’t try to record a full album – I think the either the quality of what we have done would have suffered, or we would have struggled to complete the process at all. Although I have been involved with the recording of albums previously, that was quite a few years ago now, before I had kids, and when I only really had concern myself with playing guitar. This time around, I have taken much more of a central role in the whole process, as singer, songwriter and guitar player.

In the following posts, I’ll go through the various steps we took along the way to the release of the EP, which is currently scheduled for early October 2019. I hope you will find this an interesting behind-the-scenes perspective on the creation of new music, and perhaps some of you will even find it useful in your own projects..

The Matt Palmer Band: Alex (left); Niall (center); Matt (right)
The band: Alex, Niall, and Matt. Photo by Abbie Barton

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