Start to Finish: Greg Wells - Episode 9 - Recording The Final Overdubs

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With the guitar takes edited down, it's time to finish up the rest of the tracking and overdubs for "Lucky Number".

In this episode of Greg Well's Start To Finish Series, he completes the edits on the keyboards tracked in episode 8 and then gets Bryce Drew back behind the microphone to record a gorgeous layered background vocals arrangement that elevates the song to a new place.

By the end of this episode, the full arrangement will be tracked, edited, and ready for mixing.

Watch as Greg:

  • Explains his composition choices on the keys
  • Discusses several past experiences and how they inform his decisions today
  • Explains why he leaves the vocal in while working on the arrangement
  • Edits the multiple takes of keyboards to find the indispensable moments
  • Composes the background vocals with Bryce Drew
  • Guides the vocalist through writer's block

Watch the rest of the series here.

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Greg Wells

Grammy award-winning, Canadian musician, songwriter, and record producer, Greg Wells, has been dubbed “A Swiss Army Knife” in the recording studio by the legendary Stewart Copeland for good reason.

As a multi-instrumentalist, he has the ability to artfully mold his productions with incredible precision, craftsmanship, and most importantly, taste. Combining his musicianship with his uncanny abilities as a producer, engineer, and mixer, he has seen album sales top 120 million, with streaming numbers in the billions. With a B.

His diverse list of credits includes superstars such as Adele, Dua Lipa, Twenty One Pilots, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Deftones, Kid Cudi, Weezer, OneRepublic, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Aerosmith and so many more that we would need a really long scroll bar to list them all. 

Greg has seen monumental success recently with the release of the motion picture soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman”, which he not only produced but played on as well.


The Greatest Showman


Katy Perry

Twenty One Pilots

Grace VanderWaal

Dua Lipa

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Paulinho Rocha
2021 Sep 01
Simply amazing this start to finish series with Greg Wells. So many important information and wisdom . I'm learning a lot. It's extraordinary to see a producer like Greg teach us his approach. Thanks, Puremix.
2021 Mar 26
This is amazing. What a great opportunity to just watch and learn.
2020 Dec 29
Bryce have a beautiful Voice.
2020 Aug 07
Brice is so consistent on those vocal doubles.
2020 Mar 22
j adore super serie lesson de qualiter il manque juste des sous titre vostfr great video
2020 Feb 25
L Pass
2020 Feb 05
Bravo, Brice.
2020 Jan 25
Love the harps! It was like a thousand little flashbacks were starting and stopping!
2020 Jan 22
peut on avoir des sous titre fr svp
2020 Jan 22
only thing I miss now are adlips...they would fit so perfectly.
2020 Jan 21
Greg's dead pan style of speaking reminds me of Bill Murray. I feel he's about to lay a hilarious quip on you at any second. But, back on topic, these series are SO MUCH FUN. I love to get lost in them like I'm sitting down to watch a great movie. And, there are things we. the members, are learning here that you can not learn ANY WHERE else. Thanks, Fab. I'll never end my subscription as long as Puremix keeps bringing these amazing series!
2020 Jan 21
Bryce ur impressive talent! Bravissima! Nice doubling tripling and so on....thnx Greg!
2020 Jan 20 good!
2020 Jan 20
I've watched every single video Puremix has released, some of them multiple times and they're all excellent. However the detail, scope and overall quality of this "Start to Finish" with Greg Wells series is really quite amazing. Bravo Puremix and please keep them coming!
2020 Jan 19
Greg, you are a treasure. Bryce, this song and your voice, just... wow. Thank you for adding the low harmonies, they have been in my head for weeks. Any chance these files will be available at the conclusion of the series?
2020 Jan 18
Holy lollipops sweet sugar and candy!! That series is a treat. Is it niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice! Greg is so thoughtful.
2020 Jan 18
Excellent series tutorial.. She's a fantastic artist. Your talent as a engineer along with all your instrument parts are great. Very impressive. The assistant with controlling the mix as you speak was dead on to your needs, Well done..Cheers
2020 Jan 17
Mellotron M4000 – about 3 Grand. Greg Wells face at 16:25 - priceless!