One of the nice things about working in the recording studio biz is that I get to meet musicians.
For me, the technical stuff I do, while wonderfully satisfying and creative, is still just to aid the music. It thrills me to build or repair a studio and its equipment, to then hear the music that's created within.
I've been lucky enough to work with some pretty big folks, most quite nice. And every once in a while I get to see and hear something that I just know is special.
One such project I worked on a few years back was the Andre 3000 side, The Love Below, of the last Outkast album. The first time any of us heard Hey Ya, we knew it was a special song, seriously. And as a side note, what a nice man Andre is, just a really sweet guy.
I got a call today from an engineer, to do some tech work for his boss, Brian Burton. Who is Brian Burton? His nom de music is Danger Mouse, and he's recently known for his album with Cee Lo, under the name Gnarls Barkley.
Like Andre's side of the Outkast album, Gnarls Barkley is truly impressive, as a modern take on old-school R'n'B, with some pretty serious beats and studio skills.
Here's Gnarls Barkley (Burton and Cee Lo) live, doing the wonderful "Crazy":