September 6, 2018

‘Our Whingy Gayle’ by David Barker

Our Whingy Gayle

Had a great time recording the original song ‘Our Whingy Gayle’ by David Barker , the Jack Russell music recording artist this month. He brought the wine and his music all the way from France to come and record here, so he’s a little bit like Dionysus in my book.

Dave wanted a 6o’s vibe on the song and after tracking his vocals and a guide guitar, he left me to my own devices to add the other instruments. I’m pleased to say David is very happy with the results and is planing to release it as a single on vinyl.

Dave also mentioned he wants to come back later on in the year to record a full original album with me, so that’s something to look forward to.

You can hear the results here and don’t forget to get in touch here if you want me to work with you on your next project. CONTACT

Written by David Barker ©2018
Lead Vocals – David Barker
Backing vocals and all instruments – Steve Stroud
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Stroud
Recorded and Produced at Big Cloud Productions in Liverpool
www.bigcloudproductions.com

December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Everyone from Big Cloud

bowie and bing big cloud productions

Before we pack up our XLRs and guitars for a few days over the Christmas holidays to spend time with family, I’d just like to say a big thanks to all of our brilliant clients so far, our friends and anyone that’s supported us in anyway our Journey (“Don’t stop believing…”) so far.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you all get a little break from work and get to spend some quality time with family and friends.

I believe 2015 is going to be amazing. Here’s to making new music together!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Everyone from Big Cloud

December 15, 2014

Song Production : ‘Madness’ by Lou Genevieve

Lou Genevieve - Big Cloud Productions

We’ve recently completed a new song production for Lou Genevieve called ‘Madness’. Madness is the second song of a 3 song Ep Produced by Big Cloud Productions for Lou.

We work differently with each of our artists depending on what they need or want from the session. This is one of the important things that we hope makes us so different. The fact that we can be completely flexible and easy to work with. It is, we hope, one of our big selling points.

Usually artists write a song and then give us the bare bones of the track (maybe a guitar and vocal demo, for example) and then they ask us to fill it out with additional instruments in the specific style that they want.

Working with Lou we’ve had to do things slightly differently, and it’s really been a lot of fun. Lou is very talented which makes her very easy to work with. She starts the process by writing the song, but then only sends us a solo vocal recording with no instruments or chord progression (recorded to a specific bpm). Lou then tells us roughly the style of music that inspired the track (usually contemporary pop/dance) and then leaves it to us to write and produce the music.

What I like about this track is that Lou’s vocal phrasing is very jazzy and original and takes the song in fresh directions that you wouldn’t expect. And like I said about the previous track (‘Just Wanna Be Yours‘), her lyrics are great compared to any contemporary artist, but when you then remember that she’s only 16, it really blows your mind.

We’re really looking forward to producing Lou’s third and final EP track over the next few weeks as she’s been a pleasure to work with.

‘Madness’, like it’s predecessor ‘Just Wanna Be Yours’, was born in The Dominican Republic, but finished off in Liverpool.

Have a listen below.

The song credits are as follows.

Song Production : ‘Madness’ by Lou Genevieve

‘Madness’ by Lou Genevieve

Lyrics and Vocal Melody Written by Lou Genevieve (C)2014
All Music written by Steve Stroud (C)2014

Lead Vocals – Lou Genevieve

Electric Guitars / Bass Guitar / Drum Programming / String Arrangements / Piano / Synths / Beats and Percussion – Steve Stroud @  Big Cloud Productions

Engineered / Produced / Mastered – Steve Stroud  @ Big Cloud Productions

If you’d be interested in working with us here at Big Cloud Productions, get in touch with us TODAY!

November 25, 2014

Song Production : ‘Just Wanna Be Yours’ by Lou Genevieve

Lou Genevieve - Big Cloud Productions

I’ve recently been hired by a really talented, sixteen year old singer/songwriter called Lou Genevieve from Santo Domingo in The Dominican Republic.

Lou wanted me to produce a 3 song pop EP for her, so she booked our EP package and sent me three acapella vocal tracks, all sang in time to a specific bpm so that when I produced the tracks it was easy to synch up with the other instruments.

This was a slightly unusual way for me to work, as I’m used to getting demo tracks from the artist that have a recorded instrument such as a guitar or a piano, so that way I can get the chord progressions from the artist and then I just  ‘fill in the musical blanks’ as it were, myself.  This time, all I had was a vocal. Luckily, it was a very nice vocal though 🙂

It actually tuned out to be a very enjoyable and interesting way of working. When all you have is a vocal melody, you could put a hundred different chord progressions to it and they could all sound ok. The trick is in trying to give the artist what you think they want or what you hope they are hearing in their heads.

The good thing about hiring Big Cloud to Produce your tracks is that we don’t just do what we think is right and then send you the track and say ‘Like it or leave it’. We really want you to be happy, so we send you a 1st Mix, you then give us your thoughts on any changes you’d like and then you have a further three remixes from us (all included in the price) so, you always end up with the finished song that you initially wanted.

In Lou’s case, she wanted a Commercial Pop production. Which is slightly different in style from our previous clients needs. It was actually a lot of fun, I really enjoyed  working with different drum machines and soft synths and experimenting until we found the sounds and beats Lou was looking for.

Below is the finished track ‘Just Wanna Be Yours’ by Lou Genevieve.

Lou’s voice is strong and soulful and she has a really cool writing style and extremely intelligent lyrics for  such a young writer. I think if she really wants a career in music, she could have a lot of success in the future. I’m currently working on the follow up song for Lou, a great song called  ‘Madness’ which is another really exciting track.

We hope you enjoy the song, have a listen below.

The song credits are as follows.

Song Production : ‘Just Wanna Be Yours’ by Lou Genevieve

‘Just Wanna Be Yours’ by Lou Genevieve

Lyrics and Vocal Melody Written by Lou Genevieve (C)2014
All Music written by Steve Stroud (C)2014

Lead Vocals  – Lou Genevieve 

Electric Guitars  / Bass Guitar / Drum Programming / Piano / Synths / Percussion / Backing Vocals – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions

Engineered / Produced / Mastered – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions

If you’d be interested in working with us here at Big Cloud Productions, get in touch with us TODAY!