Have you ever imagined what it’s like to be in a recording studio? The stark neon sign at the door that alerts you when the sound is on? Do you picture all the heavy equipment with a myriad of glossy dials and knobs and buttons that seem way too complicated to deal with unless your title comes with ‘sound engineer’ or ‘music producer’? The soundproof cladding that cocoons the space into a vortex where artists spend hours and hours making one track after the other until the magic happens? Is every moment as sensational and dramatic as they relay in the movies (but we obviously know everything is exaggerated for a blockbuster effect, so maybe not)?
As vinyl changed to CDs and CDs to digital music, the behind the scenes process of making music, band photos in the studio and behind the scenes activity have all but become a rarity. The intimacy of creation from the start of an idea to the finished product blasting through whichever smartphone app, has all been neatly hidden away as we hunger for the next hit or the next new sound. This piece is about nostalgia, a never dying trend that is echoed throughout the generations witnessed even in our sense of style and fashion with every changing season.
Digging further down this lyrical trench, it’s no surprise that the process of making music which as endearing as it is for new artists – started in their bedrooms with simple software to fine tune all the pieces together – with technology this process has come a long way. So those heavy duty equipment have been downsized quite a bit over the years and more people are actually making some quality sounds from their said bedrooms. Computers have replaced live instruments and programs have managed to smooth out bits that may just be slightly off tangent making for cheaper, easier and more precise music.
Kagwe Mungai, singer, producer and songwriter has come a long way in realising this same process as we eagerly await his brand new album Spectrum. It is a representation of five different genres – R’n’B, Hiphop, Afrobeat, Dancehall and some catchy Afropop – that fully embodies the title itself. Kagwe brings us back to this entire process, as he’s come full throttle engaging us with key pieces that have put this exclusive debut together. He has been through a hard and grueling process, stepping out of his comfort zone whilst still incorporating the voluptuous sounds seamlessly without compromising the quality of his sound or the delivery of the masterpiece. You wouldn’t want to miss this now would you?