Living ‘Ordinary Lives’


Simon Webster, Haleshla, Moroccan duo, recording studio, Eastbourne, Sussex, CMP Studios

Simon getting down to business

We’ve been enjoying the company of one half of duo Haleshla for this past week or so, as musician Simon Webster got to grips with recording ‘Ordinary Lives’.

The multi-percussionist, music teacher, music therapist and journalist popped over from his home in the Moroccan city of Meknes to lay down his latest self-penned track.

‘Ordinary Lives’ has had quite an extraordinary journey during its formation – a journey that’s involved several sessions at CMP alone!

First off, Simon headed to the studio to lay down the guide guitar, vocal and drum tracks for the song. These guide tracks were then sent off to France, where a session musician and friend of Simon’s (who’s also toured live with him) added in the bass guitar and Hammond organ tracks required for the piece. These two added tracks were then sent to CMP, before Simon popped in once again to record the final guitar track.

Simon Webster, Haleshla, Moroccan duo, recording studio, Eastbourne, Sussex, CMP Studios

Sending ‘Ordinary Lives’ around the world

All tracks were then sent off to a producer in LA to be mixed with some gospel-tinged backing vocals (from some LA-based singers), before being sent back for a second time to CMP (so that Simon’s final vocal and percussion tracks could be recorded and included in the mix). The song then made its final journey back to LA, so that it could be fully mixed and mastered by that very same LA-based producer.

So quite a journey we think you’ll agree – our description of which could almost do with an accompanying map! The end product sounds great and there’s certainly nothing ordinary about it!

You can read about Simon’s previous adventures at CMP, by clicking here or here.