Molly Aspinell came to Nimbus with no prior technical knowledge. After just 3 months of Engineering 100, she was on a ferry to our co-founder’s studio on the coast, The Farm Studios, to assist on a recording session with Vancouver hardcore/ska band, Ninjaspy.
“It was just a case of being in the right place at the right time,” explained Molly. “We went to watch one of our classmates play guitar at The Roxy. GGGarth was there. We started talking about school, classes… and I just did the classic “I would love to work with you if there is ever an opportunity.’ He said ‘well, I’ll be on the 11:20 ferry tomorrow morning. Will you be there?”
Molly said yes, met GGGarth at the ferry and it all went from there.
“We were there from Friday to Sunday,” said Molly. “We were working with Pro Tools, setting up microphones. Going back and forth from the control room to the live room, making adjustments, setting up the headphones. We did all the patching and helped with overdubs and harmonies.”
“Are you still nervous?” GGGarth kept playfully asking Molly that question over the weekend.
“I was really nervous at first, I just didn’t want to screw up,” she said. Once she settled in though, Molly had a lot of fun learning and working with GGGarth. “He’s a fun guy to work with. For me a good sense of humour is a huge thing. We got along really well. [GGGarth] was good at explaining things and making sure that we understood everything as opposed to just telling us what to do. We got to do a lot of hands on work and were given real responsibility.”
GGGarth even gave Molly and fellow student, Brody, the opportunity to arrange two gang vocal recording sessions here at Nimbus.
Molly said her favourite part about the weekend was having the chance to see GGGarth produce first hand. There was one moment she describes, in which Ninjaspy lead singer (Joel) was trying to create a series of whispers sounds for one of the songs. “He was in the vocal booth trying to get it done, but it didn’t sound natural,” she explained.
Knowing that Joel had a 2 year old daughter, “GGGarth came up with the idea for him to take his daughter in the room with him. They then recorded them talking back and forth. It was a really cool way to capture something more natural. I like that he just came up with that idea.”
Molly said that the opportunity to work with GGGarth was “definitely a surprise” and one she was lucky enough to be there to jump on.
‘Nimbus is a very accepting and positive environment,’ said Molly. ‘Everyone brings something different. There are lots of opportunities to learn and gain real experience.’
Now that she is in PROD 100, Molly is looking forward to EP projects and working with more artists and bands, in addition to writing and recording her own music.
Good luck, Molly!