I love metal, really. I was in a band in 7th grade and we played nothing but Pantera. Until Nirvana came out....
I was thrilled to get a call from my attorney telling me that Apl.De.Ap from Black Eyed Peas started a record label in the Philippines called BMBX (Boombox). Myself, Apl and Shavo from System Of A Down were to be the Producers of the first project on the label. Manilla's hardest hitting metal band Slapshock. Slap has been around for a minute, 16 years actually and they have a huge dedicated following of metal heads all over Asia to prove it. Check them out here: Slapshock
As the head Engineer and Producer on this record my first task was to figure out backline since Slapshock was flying in from Asia. I hit up SIR in LA and got a Yamaha Recording Custom Kit, a Ampeg SVT stack, and of course a Marshall stack. I tried out the new Fractal Audio AX-FX II also but we didn't end up using it. Instead I went for more organic guitar tones.
We cut the basics at Grandma's Warehouse. A wonderful down and dirty studio in Echo Park, LA. As you can see from the pic above it's chaos! The place is a mess and I love it. Andrew the owner is one of the nicest and most accommodating guys I've ever met. He was awesome the whole week we were there. Not to mention he has a kick ass vintage Trident 80 Series Console and a TON of outboard gear. Pre's from API, NEVE, Chandler, RCA, and a whole bunch of cool weird stuff. Definitely go to this place if you need a affordable studio with tons of gear. We cut basics for 4 songs and during the week Shavo and Apl would drop in to check out our progress.
After the basics were cut it was off to Apl's home studio to cut the lead vocals. I then took the sessions to San Francisco where I finished editing. Mixing was handled by Ben Grosse and Terry Date. The first single was just released. Check out the video. Go Slap Army!