How do you record an album when your band can’t be in the studio with you?
Country music stars Cole Swindell, Lee Brice and Randy Houser each had to get creative while working on their craft during 2020. With time on their hands and new music on their minds, each artist found his own way to stay productive. Diamond Resorts CEO Mike Flaskey asked them about their virtual songwriting experiences in this episode of #MomentsWithDiamond.
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Randy Houser created the space he needed right in his home. By building an at-home studio, Houser got down to the nitty-gritty of the equipment side of music, finding the right tools and tech to continue to write and produce music.
“Lee is an animal, he can write wherever,” said Houser. “But for me, I have to kind of find a space… some time away from all the other things to be able to start processing what wants to come out of my brain.”
Lee Brice left the city behind and took his family out to their farm, where he finished the second half of his latest album virtually.
“We had to finish this record in a completely different way,” said Brice. “I was able to process this stuff slower, and to go ‘you know what, that ain’t really needed,’ so I think in some ways this record even turned out better.”
In between showing his kids how to get up to mischief on the farm, Brice was sending bits and pieces of his new songs back and forth to his band. This unconventional process slowed things down, but it also allowed him to hear the music differently and fine-tune the album more than usual.
Cole Swindell faced the challenge of virtual interaction by using a platform the whole world got to know very well in 2020: Zoom. While it wasn’t the easiest way to write and record with his band, Swindell is thankful that modern technology gave him the opportunity to keep producing.
“I think there’s going be some great music that comes out of a bad year,” said Swindell. “But that’s what it’s about – finding the good in it.”
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And keep an eye out for more about their new music! Lee Brice’s latest album, “Hey World,” is out now, and Diamond members can catch Cole Swindell at his next #DiamondLIVE concert in March.