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Behind The Board: Lynne Earls Shares How Working With K.D. Lang & Others Taught Her Instinctual Music-Making
Ireland-born, Los Angeles-based engineer, producer and songwriter Lynne Earls believes that the best music is made when you're able to get out of your head and into a flow where "you're working from your instincts."
She runs EMP Studios in Hollywood, which she launched in 2007, six years after moving to L.A. Here she has worked with a range of indie artists, including GRAMMY-winning Canadian singer/songwriter k.d. lang and GRAMMY-nominated Brazilian jazz music power couple Airto Moreira and Flora Purim.
Earls shares that these three artists specifically, with whom she worked early in her career, were pivotal in shaping who she is as music creator. She shared the thing they all had in common: making music from their instincts, which she sees as vital for the best sounding, most authentic music.
"The best is when you're not thinking in a sense, that you're working from your instincts and really just trying to stay in that mode where you're responding to what's happening," Earls told us. "Because ultimately, when a music-lover hits play on a record it's about how it makes them feel."
She adds that her main focus while in the studio is how everyone in the room is feeling, as she asks herself, "how is what I'm doing affecting their headspace?"
Earls underscores that the work of the creators behind the board, a world she knew she wanted to enter when she first sat in a music studio at age 15, is to hear all the little elements of the composition. "In a lot of ways I think most of what we do is hearing something that somebody else isn't hearing," she said.
Make sure to watch our exclusive interview with Earls above.