Full Production, Mixing & Mastering catered to by George Lever here at G1 .
Working with Sleep Token is always a pleasure. I get this deep seated selfish enjoyment when we start new projects, mainly because I’m safe in the knowledge that the experience is going to be beautifully intense and incredibly rewarding.
Ibanez Prestige (7 string) – Bare Knuckle Aftermaths
Fortin Modded Randall
Mesa Oversized Cab
Beyerdynamic m201 & 57
Slate VMS – AKG C12 Emulation into Neve Pre
Sampled the original kit, programmed performances.
Fender Jazz Customshop
Synths / Samples
LA Scoring Strings
Everything with Sleep Token (from a mix perspective) is orientated around the vocal. The vocal here is god and attempting to get the mix to flow any other way would have been very strange indeed.
Sleep Token were very clear and concise about the structure for the mix, Vocals, Samples, Drums then everything else equal after the fact.
Very much like how pop is built actually. It turned out to be the most happily balanced mix I’ve worked on. I expected to have a harder time balancing moving between a few different genres through out the track but in all honesty, it just worked. Which in itself is testament to the quality of the song writing.
We worked on a few different ‘perspectives’ for the mixes, however in all honesty. The mixes came together with very little effort and the tracking stage defined a lot of the movements that would happen later down the line.
Vessel doesn’t give quotes. – ST
I ended up going against my usual workflow for the master chain, trying out new things always lends to another perspective / approach / result.
The signal chain looked something like this;
Slate VMR – Neve EQ
Focusrite Red 3
Slate VMR – Custom EQ
UBK-1 (the density control on this is awesome!)
If you haven’t already checked out Sleep Tokens first release ‘One’. You should. ‘One’ was also produced here at G1 but resulted in a darker sound overall!