It was back in the springtime of 1988. I had finished my Gyrator tape “Missing Girl File Closed” and a few of them copies were sent across the country. You can have a listen here:
Remember: there was no internet available, everything was done by letters and packages, delivered by the postage system; maybe -well, just the talking- by telephone.
Ok, one day there was a letter in the box saying that a promotion company heard my tape and wanted to do a studio demo to sell it to a label. Hm, that didn’t sound bad. So, after a while there was a contract of four or five pages with lots of judicial odds and ends which I can’t remember of. And: For the whole service I had to bear part of the costs, 1000 DM, which would be paid back when the record sells. Anyway, this is a point where I had to take a break. But I didn’t. I signed the contract, I paid the 1000 DM, and in the summertime I arrived in a well-known studio in the north of Germany where I had to spend the next two or three days.
As most of the machinery was absolutely new to me, there were two studio engineers which I had to work with… and as they both preferred rock or hard rock music and they couldn’t cope with my idea of drum machines and noise guitars, things started off in a hardly way. I wanted a reverb on a final track – “this is not possible”, I wanted to add more effects here or there – “can’t do”, and the first day I struggled most of the time with the technicians, it was more frustrating and not very productive.
On the second day we recorded a new version of “Missing Girl File Closed” which came better, and worked out. Then, another visitor arrived to whom I had a good wire (he was also interested in the upcoming sampling technique and HipHop) and we produced an unpreprared HipHop-Like track with lots of scratches and starting samples directly from vinyl into the beat, and this part was most of the fun, and the track was not bad – when I’m listening to it today I must admit, it’s kinda silly and poor:
This is the other song – Actually I don’t like my voice on this track, and all sounds like tidy and clean which I never liked in the first place
After the recordings I returned to a friend; a few days later it was supposed to do the end mix, and I took this friend with me. I don’t know what has happened but they didn’t let me into the studio and talked about “oh there has been some appointment overlay, and we have to do the mix later”. Hm, ok, their reaction was some kind of strange, but a few days the mix was done, and I made copies of the songs to an audiotape because the original tape (on the band machine) were sent to the promotion company who told me that there maybe some label interest for the “Missing” track.
But then the weeks turned into months, and nothing more happened. I once called the promotion company, but they hadn’t any news for me, and they never called back after this. If I didn’t record my tracks to this audiotape, I would not have the recordings today.
Over all: Fuck ’em, I guess the whole thing was a scam, a make believe, they just wanted to rent some studio time for a small price because they couldn’t sell it otherwise. I must admit that the time in a professional studio was some kind of interesting, also kind of fun (especially the later days). But was it worth 1000 DM? I’m not sure… but I’m sure that I liked the experience over all, and never really regretted it…