|This week on Rolanoid Unpacked
we explore a popular dance collaboration between Scotty J and
In 2006 I was living in Melbourne and Rolanoid was at #5 on the MySpace dance charts when Melbourne artist Scott Nunan aka Scotty J happened upon my profile and sent me a message. At the time I was getting flooded on MySpace with fan messages, collaboration and remix requests as well as record company offers. Fortunately I checked out Scott's profile and liked what I heard, particularly his voice and creativity. We decided to collaborate on a new track together and met up at Borders for an initial chat.
We recorded most of the track over three days in Scott's front room in Flemmington. We had a drum loop going and Scott started jamming some funky bass lines on top. He was coming up with great stuff right from the start but then suddenly I said "That one!" and Scott said "Let's get it locked in" (recorded into Logic). At the time we didn't know it was going to be the title of the song. Next I laid down some electric piano and Scott added some guitars. The track came together so effortlessly and was such a fun and enjoyable process. I remember there was a real buzz in the room and we were totally in the flow. Pretty soon we had a grooving instrumental dance track that we were really excited about. The tracks that just come together quickly with ease are always the best ones.
|Later one evening I was at home
thinking about what lyrics we could add to the music and had a flash
of inspiration that we should call the song Locked In. I wrote
the initial chorus that we later refined and took it around to Scott's
to record. We didn't have a vocal booth so Scott would run into his room
with the mic and dive under the doona as a makeshift vocal booth. He was
constantly running back and forth between the computer in the front room
and his bedroom laying down the vocals. It was so funny seeing this
mound under the doona and hearing this great vocal coming out of the
monitors at the same time!
A week or two later we added some additional vocal overdubs at my studio in my lounge in Mt Waverley. I didn't have a mic stand at hand and had to string up the mic from the lounge ceiling light. I then spent quite a few weeks mixing and mastering the track at my place. (Pictured right: Scott Nunan aka Scotty J recording harmonies for Locked In - Mt Waverley, 2006)