by Jeremy G. Koeries
This year I had the sweet privilege of remixing my friend and colleague Neville D’s gospel hit, “Nobody Like Jesus“. I learnt so many lessons. I’ll share some of those lessons in a few posts. Let me start off with these: Ontogeny, Community & Proximity.
Creating good art takes time. Creative excellence is a process. It takes time to become an excellent creative. It also takes time to create an excellent product. “Ontogeny” is a word borrowed from biology, meaning “
Lesson Learnt: “Good Art Takes Time.”
It’s one thing doing a remix along, in a bedroom,with just the original stems. It’s another thing getting one or two featured artists to record and email their verses to a beat-maker.
Lesson Learnt: “Community Is Always Better”
But still, there’s something even better.
So Neville decided to get everyone together for this one. Everyone. Main artist. Featured artists. Producer. Engineer. Publicists. Media. And a few friends. Everyone. At the same time – a tough thing, given everyone’s profiles and schedules. See, it’s one thing tracking vocalists in the same studio at different times. But it’s “a-whole-nother-thing” having all the artists in the same PLACE at the same TIME, feeding off each other’s energy. We opted for the latter and the results were absolutely amazing!
Lesson Learnt: “Nothing Beats Community in Proximity”
Neville’s publicist, Cher, posted this on Facebook after the session!