On both of my two albums, "Roger Nemour" and "Roger Nemour 2", I wrote and created the songs I recorded, produced and engineered. I played on all of the tracks using my two Fender Stratocasters, a D&H Stainless Steel Guitar and a Yamaha 5-string Bass. I created the Sax, Trumpet, Piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, Sitar, Flute, Strings and other synthesized sounds using my Roland GR-33 guitar synthesizer. As for all the drum tracks I used multiple drum machines synched together using midi connections along with my original drums loops and using ACID to write drum notation for different parts of my songs. This part of the process is the most time consuming part of all which makes the drums sound real enough.
My songs, though they are instrumentals, represents a lot of personal events that have happened and that have remained very meanifull and important in my life. An example of this is shown in the song "Christopher" which I wrote on the spot in 50 minutes and recorded for Christopher's Russel's funeral. Chris was only 19 when he lost his life from an accident on the freeway. I got to know him from the times he came to visit my family. He was brillant with a great sense of humor and a big heart. He would tend to some of San Diego's homeless people by bringing them food, chothes, blankets and keeping some company. He was just getting started with his life when tragedy crossed his path.
Another example is my song "Missin' You" which I originally wrote back in 1988. At that time my father and myself weren't communicating much and when we did we'd seem to fight about what he thought I should be doing with my life versus what I knew exactly what I was going to do. So, after I finished writing and recording the music sound track for Computer Beach Party. My dad heard it and wanted to congratulate me and tell me how proud he was of me. We had a few civil conversations at this point and he was showing interest in what I was going to do next. I told him I had these new killer songs that I had just written and I wanted to go into the studio and record them. He then asked me if I would like to come over for dinner and that I should play for him what I had so far.
He was actually interested in financing my new recording project. While I was getting ready to go meet him I remember I was at my sister Leslie's house and suddenly everything became real still and quiet and a gentle wind blew through the house when the telephone rang. I picked up the phone and I heard a voice tell me that my father had just passed away. That is when I took my song Missin' You and buried it until 2012 and recorded it. Not all of my songs are inspirations of sad life events.
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WORKING WITH IKE TURNER
MY SECOND ALBUM WAS RELEASED ON JULY 23, 2016
When I was working for Ike Turner as his IT guy and engineer at his home recording studio Ike and I were listening to his recording of his song called "Sexy Ida." While I listened I said to myself. " this song needs something". When I left Ike's I grabbed the CD of "Sexy Ida" and played it in my car and in my head I figured out what extra tracks the song needed. So as soon as I got to my home studio I started recording a bass track, a guitar track, a sax track, (using my Roland GR-33 guitar synthesizer) and finally a drum track, (I used 4 different drum machines synced together via midi. By doing this the drums come out sounding real and powerful. But the real trick is actually programming the drum machines).
After I finished mixing the tracks to a stereo mix I talked to a couple of mutual friends that Ike and I both know. I told them of what I did and expressed that I thought Ike would really dig it. The both of them said, "If I were you I wouldn't be playing that song after you had recorded extra tracks to it and I sure wouldn't even tell him about such a thing. He will just lose his fucking mind." So, the next day when I saw Ike and I told him of what I did and he reacted by saying. "I'm dying to hear this," with a little chuckle under his breath. After a minute or so while listening to "Sexy Ida" he turned around and looked at me and said, "you're a genius ! And you're going to produce my next album!." And the rest is history. I have added this recording to my playlist that you hear playing in the back ground.
QUOTE FROM ALL ABOUT JAZZ'S REVIEW OF IKE'S ALBUM "RISIN WITH THE BLUES"
"The disc also commands attention for exceptional production by the crack team of Ike Turner, Jr. and Roger Nemour who put the spit-shine production to the electrons herein. Their expert direction made this recording the masterpiece that it is."
Use the link below to read the full review
ROGER PRODUCED IKE TURNER'S 2007 GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ALBUM "RISIN WITH THE BLUES"
ROGER CO-PRODUCED AUDREY TURNER'S 2008 ALBUM "THERE'S MAN NO BETTER"
IKE & AUDREY TURNER
ROGER COMPOSED & PRODUCED THE SOUND TRACK FOR "COMPUTER BEACH PARTY"
AND PERFORMED IN THE MOVIE
After all of these years since "Computer Beach Party " became a movie it has since become some what of a cult classic. There are groups of people that find this movie fascinating. The movie is bizarre and terrible and somewhat unbelievable to the point that people can't fathom how it actually got made. Here is a link to where people examine and question many facets of this movie.
And don't miss part II of this discussion