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Second Wave
« on: May 16, 2015, 09:09:23 PM »
Are there any stories about Jan recording Second Wave?  Was it as hard as some of the songs he recorded after the accident?

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Re: Second Wave
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2015, 08:43:42 PM »
Some commentary from associate producer Rob Kuropatwa, and from a few of the musicians and engineers who worked on the album, is in my book.

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Re: Second Wave
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2015, 09:11:55 AM »
  How long did Jan take making SECOND WAVE ?

  This album is currently selling for $45 plus on Amazon. Hopefully we will see a reissue soon; this will drive the price down and increase exposure to Jan's later music.
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Re: Second Wave
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2015, 09:24:43 AM »
  How long did Jan take making SECOND WAVE

The bulk of it was recorded on and off over a period of five years.

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Re: Second Wave
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2016, 08:21:28 AM »
Does Rob Kuropatwa have an email or contact details??

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Re: Second Wave
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2017, 12:21:11 AM »
Hi, this is Rob.  I'll be happy to share my memories of working on that project with you, just email through this portal and I'll answer back!

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Re: Second Wave
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2017, 09:42:34 AM »
Hi Rob

What was it like working with Jan on this project? I love the CD, and am very proud of Jan accomplishing this project.

Sara

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Re: Second Wave
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2017, 11:38:57 PM »
Hi Sara and thanks for letting us know you enjoy listening to Second Wave, that's great to hear.

Creating this project with Jan was a truly remarkable experience, one I'll always remember and cherish.  It was wonderful seeing him so excited and engaged throughout the entire process, and experiencing him giving suggestions to the session players and singers whenever he had an idea he wanted to share.  Jan insisted on scoring all the parts for every song we recorded before the sessions would commence, and he often would write the scores himself using his left hand and a pencil.  He knew exactly what arrangements he was looking for and we'd play the instrumental and vocal parts on the piano, one by one, before they'd be written down.

There were times, both in the studio and working in pre-production in his home, when he was incredibly lucid and able to express himself as the pre-accident Jan would have done, which was incredible to witness.  I'm proud of Jan as well, as it took a lot of courage and dedication, as well as his own financial investment, to take this project from its inception to its eventual release.  He wanted every aspect of this to be the best it could be.
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Re: Second Wave
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2017, 06:52:15 AM »
Hey Rob! What is your favorite track off the album? And what did you, as a producer, learn from Jan?

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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2017, 05:47:15 PM »
Wow, those are good questions.  I'd have to say my favorite is the original, unreleased version of Spring Break, followed by Get That Girl.  Those songs sound the most J&D to me, and I think the musicians we used on those tracks in particular were the best.  The karaoke versions of those two songs allow for hearing what was going on underneath the vocals, and the instruments really cooked!

I've always been under the impression it's best to let the musicians you hire, especially ones with hits currently on the charts and are earning triple scale, to come up with their own parts and let them do their thing.  Watching Jan interact with them and his preference for having them stick mostly to the charts we created was a new experience and one I think was helpful in getting the arrangements to have that Jan Berry sound he was looking for.

He also suggested we sing a lead vocal or two together live, around the same mic, which is what he did with J&D songs sometimes (like Surf City).  We ultimately didn't use those tracks, so it's just Jan you're hearing on lead vocals.
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Re: Second Wave
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2017, 09:28:09 PM »
Thanks for the answers! I have one more question. I'm still in school and I'm trying to pursue music, as a producer/songwriter. Any advice?

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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2017, 10:23:59 PM »
Many people will tell you that networking is crucial, as it's likely the more people in the industry you know the greater your chances are of working with them.  I found it helpful to be located where the industry is, in Los Angeles, as there are so many musicians, engineers, producers and studios it's not hard to find people with similar interests.

A good example of this was when I interned for Rick Nowels, a major producer who was having hits in the late '80s and beyond.  I wanted to see him in action in the studio, and offered my help as a 'gofer' in return, and it was a great experience.  Watching the people who you admire do their thing is an amazing learning experience, whether or not you're paid for it (or paid well).

I'd also suggest going directly after what it is you want and who you want to work with, don't wait for opportunities to present themselves.  I created a position for myself working as an assistant to Brian Wilson which is what initially brought me out to L.A., and other opportunities arose as a result of that very short gig.

I have a friend who I was in a high school band with, and he always had a 'no Plan B' approach to making it in music.  He's a major producer now, works with many A-list acts, has worked as an A&R rep for a major label, had two solo releases on a major label, and is living quite well.  I'm not advocating forgetting about a Plan B, but if you put most of your energy and focus into what it is you truly want to do, and if you're in the right place to make that happen, things just might go your way!
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