Got You Cover’d: Where Do We Begin


Hi friends!

In this post I will be talking about my experience being in a recording studio.

With the support of my mentors at Sunset Media Wave, I was able to create a mashup of two of my favorite songs. The next step was to go to the recording studio to add my vocals. The idea of recording in a professional place was very exciting. It was like advancing to another level. However, I became wrapped up in other activities and when recording day came, I was not ready. My lack of experience in creating mashups and recording in a formal setting didn’t help the problem either. When I had arrived at the studio, I suddenly got really nervous and I didn’t know why. I soon realized that it was the pressure to get the “perfect” sound. To make things worse, while singing at the studio, I realized that the key was a bit out of my range and I had a hard time keeping in time with the music. After all, I had never done a formal cover before. Halfway into my first recording session things got better, adapting was the real challenge.

I didn’t finish on my first day or second day. In fact, I still haven’t finished 🙂 The piece included below is only part of what was supposed to be a mashup cover of “Pompeii” by Bastille and “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. It isn’t “perfect,” but it’s a part of a learning experience that I’d like to share with everyone.

I noticed that things weren’t coming together but I didn’t want to throw away all of my hard work so I pushed on forcefully. Glenn and Jon (my mentors) suggested I take the successful parts of my piece and write about my experiences in the studio and so I here you go. This is where we will begin.

Audio and words by Mindy Zhang

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