Something that i have found really creatively rewarding is working out of the studio, setting up a single or maybe few bits of gear on the kitchen table. There is something about being away from the feeling of the studio, to maybe a less challenging space, that seems to allow different creations to happen.
I suspect a combination of focusing on key bits of gear instead of something among many, being seated to be looking right over it instead of reaching across, the lighting is often brighter or over the table instead of focused around and created by the gear, the obvious enforced limitations imposed by the setup and not by yourself, are all key. However the one thing that seems to stand out above all those is the feeling that it doesn’t matter, like it’s just mucking about and making some music, simple.
There is something i find the studio, as much as I challenge it, and i do, that is so much easier on a table that is more designed for a gathering and chat while eating a boiled egg.
If i had the space, I’d like to try setting up a project table in the studio, to see how much that feeling stays. Maybe keeping it clear most of time, as you need space to dunk your soilders, and bring gear to the project table to focus in. Im sure it will be different but i wonder by how much?
It actually makes me think of Nick on Sonicstate YouTube, he has a table he has setup to film, but sometimes i get the impression he probably is more creative there than anywhere else. Almost like the setting is for one thing and maybe the limitations of time, say getting ready to film or with a kitchen table, feeling hungry, pushes the record button a little earlier, allows the perfectionism to dissipate, and maybe, the record to happen almost all by itself. “It’s just me mucking about” we think, but it sounds really good.
This reminds me of Dave Chappell when he talks about not letting the ego drive his car. If he wakes up led by his ego, that he is driving, with the idea still wondering what is going on, then it’s probably shit. The best is when he is fast asleep with his ego, and the idea is shouting Dave get your ass up, we got something thats needs to be done.
The allowance to simply do, more than that force of trying to do, seems to be alive while sat at the kitchen table.