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Session Player Spotlight: Curt Bisquera

July, 30Players...No comment
Well, when it comes to drummers – I’ve been a lucky guy. I’ve played and recorded some of the best, but there are few that can compare to Curt Bisquera.

I first met Curt on the first record I did with Bradley Prakope (Plee – Heirloom). We were introduced by a good friend (the equally legendary) Bob Parr. Bob knows just about everybody in the business, and was able to hook us up with Curt’s number. Since he loves doing cool indie records, and Bob was already hired to be on bass – Curt was in.

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New Track with #1 Billboard artist Vandell Andrew!!

July, 26Music...No comment

So very excited to announce I’ve just completed a fantastic new recording with #1 Billboard artist, Vandell Andrew!! He’s a transport from Louisiana to Dallas, and is a completely sick, disgusting (read: amazing, incredible) saxophonist who I’ve worked with and produced before. I really wanted to do something different this time around with him, though. Instead of sticking to the normal smooth jazz flavor he’s best known for, I pushed him to get a bit more outside of the box, and the result is this track – “Keep Going.” It’s like a lounge/house/chill vibe (very Café Del Mar vibe) mixed with a smooth jazz saxophone caramel on top. Slightly pop flavored, but still produced in a very lounge-y way. He did all of his recording the first day, and a lot of it is on the very first take! Please check it out now, and tell me what you think. It’s a great vibe, and something I’m proud to have done with him! Enjoy!

Josh Goode is a Dallas, TX based record producer specializing in pop, dance, country, and singer/songwriter projects. Music is his passion, and tex mex is his muse.

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Neon Lights and Stardust!!

July, 25Music...No comment

What a blast it is to play with an artist I’ve produced! I get to watch the songs that were once just little programmed baby-demos become real live breathing entities that are shot out into the world through amplifiers, microphones and speakers and watch that energy affect people. I. Love. It. I was playing with Ellen Once Again tonight for the Dallas RAW Artists Festival, and it was incredible! We played on the main stage in front of TONS of people. My favorite moment was probably playing “Neon Lights and Stardust” one of the new singles off of Ellen’s new EP, titled “Another Chance To Live.” It’s a heavier dance vibe (which of course, I loved doing) than her last singles, and has her own perfect pop flair to it.

Ellen’s been seeing some great successes lately. Her song “I Do” has been featured on Glee, Dance Moms, PopSugar, and several other shows on NBC. It’s very cool to watch all this happen after just conceiving a little idea in our studio in Dallas. Her EP (available now on iTunes) also features Jeremy Lutito on Drums and Tony Lucido on Bass. They’ve both played on some amazing records from Ingrid Michaelson, Kelly Clarkson to The Doobie Brothers. Always incredible to make such amazing music and watch it grow and get “out there!!” SO go now and check out her stuff!! Here’s a link to my SoundCloud so you can preview it before you buy it. Because…um….you will BUY it, right?? :)

– J

Josh Goode is a Dallas, TX based record producer specializing in pop, dance, country, and singer/songwriter projects. Music is his passion, and tex mex is his muse.

Blues @ The Goat!!

July, 24Music...No comment

Oh man….I got it bad. I had the blues BAD tonight. But in the best of ways. Even though I spend a lot of my time producing pop and dance records, I also play a handful of live shows. I was invited by my good friend Jerry Smith (of Legendary Woo Brothers fame) to come play with him. Truth be told, Jerry’s been asking me for months and I have wanted to come play with him SO badly – but I was ALWAYS booked! So finally the timing was right, and we found a good date to play my favorite dive bar in Dallas, The Goat. Thankfully (and embarassingly) my Dad was there to catch it on video. I will say – I had had a few Shiner Bocks when this video was taken…but it’s still pretty fun to watch! Enjoy!!

Josh Goode is a Dallas, TX based record producer specializing in pop, dance, country, and singer/songwriter projects. Music is his passion, and tex mex is his muse.

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Panhandling in Heaven…

June, 28Music...No comment

Man, I’m in heaven. Or at least floating down from it. :) I got to produce some records at one of my absolute FAVORITE studios in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area this week, Panhandle House. This place is absolutely incredible. To maybe illustrate how incredible it is, The Eagles just recorded their last record there. But then again, so has Zane Williams, Bowling For Soup, The Eli Young Band, and many many other people. It’s sick. And gorgeous, and comfortable, and….sigh. Heaven. I love the room, I love the people that work there, and I LOOOOOVE the vibe. They have an immaculately kept vintage Neve 8058 that sounds like you just got slammed with a velvet pillow across your face that had been sitting outside in the sun for three days by the California coast in a constant 70 degree breeze. “Great” doesn’t even begin to cover it. It makes me do my happy dance. :) I got to produce there this week as I have several times in the last 5 years, and I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. This time around it was for budding new singer/songwriter Alexi Hill. She has a very unique tone, and some very very cool songs. I can’t play it for you yet – but it’s coming down the pipeline so stay tuned! Until then…go find a velvet pillow that’s been in Cali to slap yourself in the face with. :)

– J

Josh Goode is a Dallas, TX based record producer specializing in pop, dance, country, and singer/songwriter projects. Music is his passion, and tex mex is his muse.

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Vandell Andrew Live

June, 13Music...No comment

So much fun tonight. So. Much. Fun. I got to play with Vandell Andrew, one of my favorite saxophonists here in Dallas. He and I are currently working on a brand new single you’ll hear soon. It a super stinky mix of my dance style production and his silky jazz playin style. Dope. 

As we were working on the production he asked if I was available to play some dates with him. I jumped at the chance to play with him as I love his music, and I don’t get to play enough soul jazz. I mean, really – can there ever be enough of that to play on? :)

His band is rock solid, and was a blast to play with. We tore it up and left nothing on the stage at the City Tavern in downtown Dallas. Thanks to all that came out – it was a packed show!! See you next time, friends! 

– J

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Lose Control with Dezi 5!!!

June, 1Music...No comment

Get ready for it – this is a BANGING new dance track I just produced with Dallas’ newest pop and dance sensation, Dezi 5!! Dezi’s music is very high energy, and he is a great songwriter and an *amazing*, completely over-the-top live performer as well. The Dallas Observer recently called him one of Dallas’ best kept secrets and hottest R+B acts in town.

Dezi originally contacted me to record vocals for him, but when I heard this song in it’s raw form I HAD to get on it and help out with the production. I had been wanting to work with Dez for a while, so it was an honor and a treat to finally get to sit down and see what his artistic vision looked like and help him get the production to where he needed it to be. Dezi is VERY hands on, and he has a *very* specific vision for what he wants his music to sound like and that’s always great for me in a client.

I always prefer working with people that have a specific creative vision because ultimately I view my job as helping the artist SHINE, not find ways to create my own thing in leiu of what they might want. If I want to make music for myself, I’ll do it alone – it’s not my place to interrupt the creative flow of my artists. I’m your advisor, and I’m your aid to realize your artistic vision, but ultimately this is YOUR music and you have to LOVE it!! If you don’t love it, you can’t sell it. Also if you don’t love it – I didn’t do my job right. However, in Dezi’s case we did a great job and…he ended up loving it! Here’s the finished product and I hope you guys enjoy it too! Listen to it, and go ahead and let yourself “Lose Control.” (See what I did there? womp womp)

– J

Josh Goode is a Dallas, TX based record producer specializing in pop, dance, country, and singer/songwriter projects. Music is his passion, and tex mex is his muse.

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Robot Arms Depot – also known RAWWWWK!!!

May, 26New Music...No comment

Check it out! New music from one of my favorite Dallas bands, Robot Arms Depot!! R.A.D. is a duo – which is crazy given how much noise they make – but also very cool. Jack sings and plays guitar, and Zack beats the shit out of some drums. They do all of their music with intensely detailed backing tracks, so their sound is still very, very full. When I met up with them to talk about recording, they played me their set (in it’s *entirety*, since all the songs are carefully crafted to seamlessly go together) and I was blown away! SO. MUCH . ROCK. I do a lot of pop, dance, country, and singer/songwriter projects so it was a real treat to work with them on their music. We did three songs together, and it was a pleasure to work with them. We worked on recording the songs backwards (backing tracks first, then went into a big room studio to do the drums and guitars and it worked perfectly! Also, it made it easier for them to give their best performances, as they could perform like they do live, with all of the newly composed backing tracks ready to go for them. They both gave great energy, and did some fantastic work. I helped pick out the three songs we recorded, and loved the process of working with them. So go check out the songs NOW on my SoundCloud, and better yet – go support some great artists, and BUY their work!! It’s only $3 for music that you can enjoy a lifetime. So DO IT NOW! :)

– J

Josh Goode is a Dallas music producer specializing in pop, dance, country, and singer/songwriter projects. Music is his passion, and tex mex is his muse.

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Drowning (Cover) by Sarah Sellers

December, 11VideoNo comment

Everybody hurts. At least that’s what R.E.M. said, right?

Sarah Sellers is one of my favorite artists to work with. She’s highly passionate, immensely talented, and is a fiercely soulful vocalist and performer. So basically she’s your ideal artist to be in the studio with. She’s a total pro in front of the mic, and whether she is singing live or in the studio she always gives it everything she has, until there’s absolutely nothing left but blood and tears on the floor. She and I have played a ton of shows together, and we’ve produced a handful of YouTube videos together as well, some of which you can check out here on her channel. I consider myself very lucky to call her a friend and to work with her as much as I have in the past.

Sarah was going through an immensely rough time personally (you can read her blog about it here), and wanted to do a new YouTube cover. The song “Drowning” by Banks was her pick, and she told me about it a few weeks before we did the cover. If I haven’t heard it before, I typically don’t listen to songs before I do a cover arrangement as I always want to approach it with fresh ears, and give my best inspiration to the recording process. I knew it was a sad song, and that was about it.

She came in that day in fairly decent sprits (not necessarily with the weight of the world on her back) and I listened to the song. It’s pretty easy chord-wise, just a gentle flow back and forth between G, A, and Bm. So, I said “Let’s just get the vocal down, and then we can fill in the track from there.” I took a few minutes to play the chords on a Rhodes patch from Kontakt in Pro Tools, set up the mic and was ready to go.

She took a deep breath, and began to sing. Words cannot describe how magical this moment was, although I’m going to give it a try. Every word was dripping with emotion, and every phrase was perfect. Her entire mood changed for the song. She felt every single ounce of it, and after the first take – I had tears welling up in my eyes, and major goose bumps on both arms. We both did, really. She killed it. It was transcendent. It was one of my favorite moments I’ve ever had, musically. Amazing!! She even messed up a phrase in the second chorus, and we let it stay. Who cares? It was perfect.

I was so inspired I quickly began to produce the track around her stellar vocal, and I think I did the whole thing in about 2 hours, maybe less. I added some light doubled guitar in the second verse, and used Coldplay’s Midnight as a reference on the arrangement, trying very hard to NOT bring rhythm in until it was absolutely necessary. There’s a 4 on the floor bass drum pattern that happens for about 4 bars – and that’s it. All of the guitar tracks are first takes, both electric and acoustic – no edits. I swear this track wrote itself. We completed it all without overthinking, and I think it’s one of my favorite tracks I’ve ever done. I even mixed it – which I never do!

Anyways, give it a listen and enjoy Sarah’s gorgeous performance. This is how it should be: all the emotion happened in a brief moment. It was captured on tape, then left alone. There’s no tuning, little (if any) editing, and the arrangement that shines because of it, I think. Just music, brah. Pure, real music.

 – J

Josh Goode is a Dallas, TX based record producer specializing in pop, dance, country, and singer/songwriter projects. Music is his passion, and tex mex is his muse.

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