Over the years, I have mainly focused on writing and producing music for artist albums. I always preferred working on music albums to doing live music because albums allow me the time to polish and refine the music until I am satisfied. I felt that albums allow for precision, refinement, as well as endless creative possibilities, thanks to modern technology that allows us to manipulate and create sounds. Through writing, I am also given the space to capture what moves me personally as well as the opportunity to create new and exciting music with my co-writers.
But in recent years, I have had the opportunity to work on artist concerts as music director and it gave me a new perspective on live music. Though music concerts might not have the same precision or "polish" that albums have, they create an opportunity for the audience to connect with each other and with the artist. It is such an amazing feeling to hear 10,000 people sing a song that I wrote in the studio by myself on a piano. It showed me how music can resonate with and move so many people. It gets me even more excited to want to write a new song that will foster such a connection again. Moreover, that anticipation and excitement when the lights dim and the crowd roars at the start of a music concert is something that listening to music on your headphones just doesn't have.
Music albums and concerts. I love them both.