In studio with High Love
Redekopp has been involved with a program called The Prophets of Music that offered three Alberta groups a scholarship to record their newest albums in Calgary at OCL Studios. Redekopp spent a full week this past November working directly with the Edmonton alt-rock group High Love, formerly known as REND, one of the winners of the scholarship.
Photos by Jodi Brak
Published on: May 2, 2017
While the producer is generally in charge of most technical aspects of recording, the process is highly collaborative and is at its most effective when both parties are involved to some degree. Seen here, Jeff and Carol-Lynne Quinn sit together behind the main sound board at OCL Studios while guitarist Steve Roe lays down a track in the live room.
While the raw talent of a musician creates the backbone of any successful song, the power of a producer or sound technician to refine a track into what the listener finally hears is equally as important. It takes thousands of hours and years of experience to fully comprehend the view from behind massive soundboards, like this one in the main control room at OCL Studios.
Founding member and lead vocalist Carol-Lynne Quinn sits behind the soundboard in the main control room at OCL Studios, providing feedback to guitarist Steve Roe as he lays down another track in the live room. She says “being the founder of High Love, there used to be a fear of ‘is this going down the direction that I want,’ but now there is just this trust between all 4 of us... we’re just trying to push each other to do our best.”
The relationship between artist and producer is often crucial to how smoothly a recording session goes. Without a sense of mutual respect and a willingness to accept criticism, the discussion between artist and producer will be a one way street, effectively limiting creative freedom on both sides.
Vocalist Carol-Lynne Quinn shares a touching moment with husband and bassist Jeff Quinn on stage at The Palace Theatre during the Prophets of Music fundraising gala this past December. The group delivers high energy rock music laced with a dash of alt-pop elements to create a sound that I at times both dark and glamourous, visceral and soothing.
Guitarist Steve Roe, ascending to the heavens on wings crafted through pure musical momentum. High Love’s sound is a fine balance between the traditions of rock music and the new foundations of electronic pop music, allowing room for esoteric synth melodies and blazing guitar solos alike.
Howard Redekopp is a sought after producer in the Western Canadian music landscape, hailed for his ability to refine the sound of independent musicians without infringing on their signature style or creative freedom. He is seen here making adjustments to the sound board in the main live room at OCL Studios while vocalist Carol-Lynne Quinn records in the live room.
Though the core elements of a song are up to the artist to create, there is oftentimes collaboration between artist and producer on songwriting, which can help a track to grow into something bigger and better. “You get too close to your own material and sort of lose perspective,” says bassist Jeff Quinn, “when nothing is set in stone, you don’t have this muscle memory that makes a song stay one way and sometimes that can be helpful.”