As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”
(Source: harrattanparhar, via kayfabe)
Getting ready for the final night of Vivid sydney.
I made a compilation of my favourite songs from 2012 which you can, of course, download or stream:
+ click here to download or stream the vanmega.com 2012 audio almanac
2012 was an insanely good year for music. So much diversity, so many interesting people doing interesting things. I had a legitimate challenge editing my list down to 21 songs.
Also, a lot of Vancouver bands got love this year. Blame Sled Island.
Those who’ve been following my blog for a while may recall that I’ve done these almanacs for years. They used to be serious productions where I made and mailed out pretty little CD’s to hundreds of people. Over the last few years things got really stripped down. I’m pleased that the digital component of this year’s almanac is great, thanks in very big part to Leigh building the liner notes microsite AND making it completely compatible and sexy for mobile devices. She’s also responsible for the cover art too. She’s basically the best.
Thanks for listening and sharing and stuff. Awww yeah, 2012!
Jesus Christ, I can’t believe I missed this. Van Mega puts out a mixtape every year that I’ve been getting since 2003 and it is always, without fail, a definite treat.
(Source: vanmega, via kayfabe)