Studio work can be rough. Long hours, constant intense focus, isolation. Most musicians and engineers I know develop strategies for coping. I’ve asked them to share some of their know-how in our new recurring article, “Session Survival Tips”. First up, studio genius Ben Hargett.
What are your session survival tips?
Sleep! Start off your session well-rested, especially if it’s multi-day, and everything else will go easier. Other key considerations are having a loose schedule for the session and a bit of a plan for how to go about it. Enthusiasm and good attitudes are also vital.
What do you eat during sessions?
At least one external food break per day tends to be nice, especially if it includes a walk downtown… getting out of the studio helps reset your mind (and body) a bit. Studio cooking can be a lot of fun, too, and makes an excellent task for bored people during overdub periods. Oh, and I worked with one band that brought in a crock pot during a three day session, that was pretty genius. Veteran studio bands are very aware of the importance of food during sessions.