WATCH: #HorrorStories | Matt Genovese

Producer and songwriter Matthew Genovese revisits the moment when he learnt the importance of backing up your projects first-hand.

“I was freaking out!”. The saying goes that your work isn’t backed up until it’s backed up twice.

Having completed a recording session with a Toronto-based artist in his LA studio, Genovese recalls when he went to master the tracks and discovered the whole project was missing.

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I still don’t really know what happened. I did a song with an artist and the artist was from Toronto. They flew here and we did a session. We wrote the song and I sent them the demo at the end of the day.

Then like, three, four months later, they call me and they’re like, ‘hey, we want to release the record, we want you to finish it and mix it.’ And I was like, ‘okay, great’. I sat down on my computer and tried to open up the session and it was not on my computer and I could not find it anywhere. The whole file of the artist was not there and I was kind of freaking out.

I think my time machine was set in a way where it was using the wrong master drive. So it was replacing all of the things on my master drive with the things on the backup drive. So it deleted that stuff. But luckily, I had the fire safe drive in my house that I backup all the time and take out of the studio just in case of a fire. And so I ran in the house and plugged that in and luckily the session was there. The artists never found out about it, and I was saved.”

Neil Dowd
Author: Neil Dowd