When I go into the studio, mostly everything is thought out
I know what I want & have the tools to execute. Before even going in, I made sure that I fed off of enough legendary artists to draw from to fuel my original songs while most artists just blatantly copy without giving credit or homage or just straight rip-off a song which is never good. Robin Thicke is learning that the hard way.
For example, Stevie Wonder influenced me to use the Clavinet while Larry Graham influenced me to use a Jet Phaser pedal for my bass & guitar. For vocal harmonies, I look to The Sylvers, Debarge, Jackson 5, New Edition, The Beach Boys,The Temptations & a wide variety of 1950's Doo-Wop groups. It all depends on the style of the song or whenever my will feels the need to interpolate in a song. Rick James was a master at making 2 or 3 music styles existing in the same song so sometimes I take that approach too. The possibilities are endless when you have music history knowledge & put it to extensive use. So like the stage, the studio becomes my playground.
On stage, it's almost the same deal. I do prepare after hours of dancing, acting it out & configuring shit but what I do is leave the door open for God to come in which means anything spontaneous & magical can happen which is why I rehearse my band the way that I do so they can be prepared for where I may go at given time on stage. On both of my albums, you can see everything I mentioning come to life because for my studio album, I played all the instruments on every song except for 2 songs & for my live album, it's me & my multi-talented band showing them how its done.
L*A*W: THA PLANET 12 SYNDROME: https://itunes.
L*A*W: THA PLANET 12 LIVE SESSIONS (VOL1) : https://itunes.apple.com/us/