The Reason for No-Fi

Hiya!

So, I've gotten a couple people asking me about the reasoning behind the "no-fi" sound I champion in my recordings. It's simple: I feel that this sound allows for more of the emotion to shine through in my music.

Often, you'll hear a great track that's so glossed over, in terms of its production and mastering, it sounds so pretty that you forget the song is about something serious. Through my implementation of the "no-fi" sound, I try to put the listener right in the booth with me. Plus, angry lyrics should sound angry, not as if they get the same treatment as a song about tricking in the club or some bull like that. And, it rewards the listener that actually cares about the words versus the beat, even though the unprocessed-feeling of no-fi allows for people to take in the kicks and snares just fine, as well.

Where does "no-fi" come from? For those too young to remember, some of the genre's roots are seeped in grunge and post-grunge music (examples include early Nirvana and early Sonic Youth). For a lot of these acts, this was the only way they could record, as studio time was a luxury not afforded to every James, Bob, and K-Dawg out there. Hence, a lot of these recordings lacked the fidelity of more proper releases. In other words, that's why a lot of Cobain's earlier recordings (including parts of Nevermind) sound unclean and muddy. Also, no-fi kind of shat on what was expected in music, almost mockingly so. So, in addition to the aforementioned reasons, my use of "no-fi" pays homage to these acts and this genre/aesthetic.

Hope that answers your question. It's not because I can't afford studio time or something.

So hop on over to that damn CDBaby link and cop a copy of something off #RR and see what I'm talking about.
-SoTB

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