Lynel has been prolific in this quarantine, and that could be an understatement. In the span of the last quarter or so, he has released three singles – “Say Goodnight“, “Kalimbo“, and “Together on Friday“. The tracks are no rush job either – the production is so polished, it’s hard to imagine them being recorded with a home setup, much less during a quarantine.
We ask Lynel five questions on his music, his quarantine experience so far, and what we can look forward to in the future. Here’s what he had to say.
Where are you right now?
I am stuck at home here in the Queen City of the South – Cebu City.
Tell us about your quarantine recording setup.
My writing process usually starts with me conceptualizing the story then humming the melody and recording it right away in a phone so I can revisit it whenever I’m free (and primarily because I have a memory of a goldfish). I start to write the chorus first then finish the demo before I write the verse, bridge, etc. I’m currently using Logic as my main workstation. I got an M-Audio Axiom 25 and a Clifton Electric Guitar (both courtesy by Zarah Smith).
Any interesting stories in the songwriting and production process for your two latest tracks, “Kalimbo” and “Together on Friday”?
I record my vocals sometimes in our closet, which was the case for “Say Goodnight” in which I used my phone to record the vocals. “Kalimbo” and “Together on Friday”, on the other hand, were recorded in my parent’s car, but this time I used my broken M-Audio Microphone. So far, these two tracks are the most fun and interesting I have ever done.
What have you been up to other than making music?
My life is not all music though, I am a dad of one and a husband of one. I do my daddy duties before, in between, and after work. When the baby is asleep, that’s the time I jump right into my workstation – if I still have energy and I’m not in gaming mode. I also build and collect Gunpla and Real Grade is my line. I’m really thankful to have a loving wife that’s really supportive of my hobbies.
Anything we should be excited about in the near future?
I’m looking forward to assembling the band members for this project so I can play the songs live. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet, and I’m a shy person. I need a manager (jk).