How Bait & Switch Happened

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

After I took a long listen to the songs Stu put together for me, I realized two things. His mixing was better than mine, and his singing was better than mine. But here's the rub, the songs were actually well written. And he liked them. So, what I'm saying is Stu enhanced them and made them stronger because he knew what he was doing on the mixing board.

Click HERE if you want to know more about Stu. Here's his photo, below. So, not only did I go back to train my vocals better, I also learned how to mix better. I tried to take those "learn how to be a music producer" classes and found them extremely snotty.

What I mean is every course featured some music producer with a half a million dollar studio. They had 7 different kinds of reference monitors with special acoustic panels and carpeting. Then, they hit you with the console, or some computer program you've got to learn. And none of it had anything to do with making music work. It's more about how awesome their studios were. Hated it.

All I had were two reference monitors I got from Guitar Center, and a free computer program called "Garage Band". Every one of the instructors I spoke with told me Logic, or Cubase, or ProTools was the industry standard. I'm no music producer, so why should I care about standards? I wanted results, not standards.

The truth is all of these snotty music producer "teachers" told me what I was doing wasn't good enough for today's music. And you know what? Maybe that's true. But GarageBand is free, and is pretty powerful if you take the time to look through it. The other thing is this: because GarageBand is a pretty simple music production software, it forces you to be a better musician, and singer. You can't go in there and lay down a bad vocal, and try to fix it in the mix. No. You just have to do the vocals right.

This meant one thing. In order to make Bait & Switch the best I could make it, I didn't need fancy tools. I needed advice. And that's the number one reason I got a hold of Phil.

To learn more about Phil Thomas Katt, click HERE.

For a quick summary, let's just say Phil is an icon in Northwest Florida, has a ton of experience as a singer/songwriter, and still holds the record for the most listened to radio program in the area. Phil walks the walk. He still runs "Late Nite" at Radio Free Pensacola, while cutting new tracks. So, it makes sense, right?

Well, Phil Thomas Katt agreed to help me with Bait & Switch. And we went in together. While I learned how to use GarageBand to mix and master songs. Phil would advise me on vocals, doubling tracks, guitar parts and adding interest to t