Baker Brothers Interview – Loopmasters Present The Baker Brothers
I’m Chris Pedley the Bass Player/Producer of the Baker Brothers.
I founded the Baker Brothers in 2001 and am based in South England. The Baker Brothers is a band through and through, not just a group of session players. Aside from 9 full Japanese tours + countless jaunts into Europe, our band members have also played top venues all over the world from Red Rocks USA to the Millennium Dome in London and The Pyramid Stage Glastonbury. Band members have also performed on hit records and jammed with soul royalty such as Prince and Macio Parker!
The Desk is an old SLL 4000E, some pre’s used in the pack were API 512c’s and some nice old Neve 33135′s. Alex Bass and Manley VoxBox for compression on bass and lovely 60′s Altecs on guitar. Mic-wise there are an assortment including , Neumann U87 and an M147, Coles 4040 ribbons on horns, and either 4040′s or Neumann KM84′s for overheads - also a Sony C800G and a 1959 Telefunken U47. It’s all genuine analogue gear which is the best way to get the sound for what we do.
Not majorly, we have triggered the occasional sample in our live sets, but The Baker Brothers is a live band, so theres not much call for it in what we do.
Although plugins are useful software in modern production, we have only recorded these samples through the highest quality vintage hardware. By working using traditional methods you get a more authentic break beat. For the sample pack any plugs ins were used in a minimal fashion on the post production side and not to colour the sound. Just to make the pack 100% useable we used a small amount of some “in the box” compression where it was required, and maybe the odd low-cut on an EQ just to level out any thing that was a little too hot or to balance volume so the pack previews at a similar loudness in your media browser.
We wrote all the rhythm section samples jamming together in the studio, so we did the drums, bass and keys on one long session. Playing rhythm section parts together is the best way to get tight, natural sounding grooves, and this is what makes the pack sound real , as its basically written around us getting in there and laying down the funk.
We then spent a day recording extra guitar parts. Finally we had a couple of days on trumpets and tenor sax. We broke the horn session up to come back with a fresh mind with new ideas. This process was enjoyable.
We are currently working on a new album and hope to release it later in 2013. We will be back on the road soon!