Rather than approach this whole introduction thing in a third party fashion, I figured I’d go the partial-professional route.
So hi. I’m Gerald….. Butch Gerald.
For the record (pun intended), I’ve always struggled with differentiating narcissism and humility in telling a personal story (or a bio) but I’ll just go with it in this instance, in hopes of not coming across as too pretentious. But hey, if you’re reading this, I guess I just might be worthy of your attention. Right? RIGHT? I suppose this kind of acts as the prologue to my work as a “solo artist”, so if you’re up for it, bear with me here…
A close friend of mine once told me I’d been sitting on my catalog way too long and that it was “time to put it out there”. It seemed to make sense seeing I’d been experiencing this continuous wanting to share my work as I realized just how much music I had in the bag (and trunk?) and work(s) I’d accomplished over the years. Heck, decades. I guess in a sense, this site also helps me keep track of my own catalog, so it’s a win-win. But this site is not just about moi, it’s about those who have been there with me throughout, to showcase their talents and doings, and recognize and promote their work and everything they’ve lent me, metaphorically, to get my final product out the door. And to say thank you. Sniff sniff. But seriously, I’ve been pretty fortunate to say the least. Absolute stellarness.
So, there’s nothing overly-revealing or revolutionary about this rundown here but I thought it would be fun to break it down for the “unfamiliars” who may have been intrigued in regards to the whole process of putting a tune together from scratch. Cause you know, why not? Hey, some may say I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing…. and well, they’re probably right.
While each songwriter has their own methods and tactics in relation to modeling and constructing their songs, I just thought I’d share my own building system, if you will. I suppose the most frequently asked question that has come my way is, do you write the vocal melodies even though you don’t sing? Absolutely. I do sing but I’m not a singer (per se) and have always used my vocals exclusively as a writing tool. Although, I do appear well hidden as a backup vocalist on most of my songs and in brief instances, the forefront. Which always feels weird. The process is quite simple. It starts with a voice note on a recording devise such as my phone (or analog devices which I’m still fond of), after which, I’ll sing the song using a recording medium, then I’ll add guitars, bass, drums or whichever desired instrument (not in that particular order)… then the singer comes in and follows the blueprint of the already existing vocal melodies while adding their own texture to the song. For years, this process has worked effectively for me (and quickly, given the work I needed to get done) and has had its perks in a production sense. But you know, that’s just “a” method. Each songwriter finds their own groove or way of conveying their ideas to their musical counterparts, if any. So yeah. I figured I’d clarify. Whenever someone asks me what exactly it is I do (and not that it’s a huge deal here), rather than try to explain it in a nutshell, I’ll just resort to “uh… well, I’m a musician?” (insert stoner look here).
I should mention also, that these methods also apply to recording instrumentation, as in, people would also ask me “so how can you play all those instruments at the same time?” Well, let’s just go with multi-tracking, which involves recording your instruments one at a time. Of course, choosing session players to play your parts live is a whole other ballgame (or a potential nightmare in my case, given the number of projects). If one had 8 arms right? Ha! But that would be no fun. Well, maybe.
Aaaaand of course, the thank you’s, the kudos and the acknowledgements… sometimes you just think of the path you’ve taken to get to where you’re standing and I have to say, I’ve been blessed to have been surrounded by some pretty gifted people. The great singers who’ve lent their voices on my projects, all the musicians I’ve collaborated with throughout the decades, the great engineers and mixers who I still share my musical experiences with in the studios and of course, friends & family who consistently support… but most importantly, great folks which without whom, not much on this site would have been possible. So cheers all around, thanks for listening (and reading) and keep checkin in for updates and new music! There will be more… Oh, there will be… mwa-ha-ha-ha!!
Mixers & Engineers:
Check out these awesome sites:
Catherine Sugrue: catherinescabinet.com
Dan Sidoli: dansidolimusic
Melissa Denyse Welch: melissaleroux.com
Sylvain Lavigne: youtube.com/aplotagainstme
Bailey Cook: feverdreams.ca
Jon Lebrun: brownsoundaudio.ca
Eric Ratz & Harry Hess: vespamusicgroup.com
Jay Ruston: jayruston.com
Steve Foley: audiovalley.ca
Dan Pagé (D Tales Tattoos): facebook.com/dtalestattoos