As one music studio closes, two others open their doors.
That might not be exactly how the quote goes, but the change is fitting when it comes to new recording studio spaces popping up around Savannah – ready to hone and produce new music.
As modern technology has developed and advanced so that you can record your own album, distribute and generally manage your own record label, there is always a sense of wonder when a band or artist walks into a studio to record an album.
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This ideology is shared by both the musicians and the new studio owners, Andrew Sovine-Wolfe and Matt Lloyd. They both hail from Nashville and are ready to record acts new and old who want to help make Savannah the newest and ultimate music recording destination.
The back room:
What is the concept behind The Back Room other than recording music?
Andrew Sovine-Wolfe: “Well, we just moved into this bigger space on Pennsylvania Avenue and the idea was to convert that garage into a music studio with enough rooms to allow bands from far and near to come in and work in. the studio with me – uninterrupted time where we could live and breathe the music.
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“So there’s a couple of bands that I bring in here to work on their records and we have space for them. And so, that was all just the evolution (of recording spaces). There’s a lot of makes sense these days to really have a traditional commercial studio, especially since real estate prices are ridiculous.”
What makes Savannah a great place for something like this?
Sovine-Wolfe: “My wife works in film, and I mean, we could be in LA right now. Yeah, we could. We did. We didn’t come here from New York with our cocks between our legs. We We did a very conscious It’s like we’re fine. I was working. She was working. We were fine.
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“At the end of the day…I think if you’re going to work hard, like we’re working hard, but what’s the payback? If it’s the payback, some people would rather be paid $10 a instead of 15 if they are happy.”
Do you think of creating a kind of Airbnb type model with your studio?
Sovine-Wolfe: “It’s a destination recording experience…what I’m trying to do is based on an experience I had with a friend, an artist from Nashville who flew in. He spent a week at home, we recorded 11 songs and we thought 80% of the album was done, and he stayed back, and we had dinner. We entertained ourselves between sessions. He borrowed the car and went to the grocery store for his needs and the idea was born.
“There’s a group from Ohio that’s probably going to come for a week. It’s going to be four guys, so all they have to do is pull the van out the back and here’s the door.”
How would you describe your studio?
Matt Loyd: “Deep Cuts Studio is a residential recording studio with some of the most desirable music equipment of any studio in Savannah (or any city for that matter). It’s a laid-back space on the east side of the downtown with great sound rooms, and we are competitively priced.
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“We take an old-school approach to recording – using the best microphones with the best mic placement (we have around 40 different microphone styles) in the best direct-to-tape microphone preamplifiers. My motto is:” We don’t fix in the mix.’ It will sound like the record before it even hit Pro Tools.”
What is missing from the local music scene?
Lloyd: “I don’t feel like I’m the best authority on exactly what might be missing. We’re sort of coming out of an era with COVID (and) I feel like a lot of bands are creating. I sense that there’s probably going to be a big wave of creativity, like we’re about to see something happen soon, whether it’s six weeks from now or a year from now, I don’t know.
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“I feel like there’s like an urgency in people. Bands and people want to go out and see music or listen to any music. There’s a hunger and a thirst for that. “
Local artists you would like to record with you at the studio?
Lloyd: “Definitely, Susanna Kennedy. I love her voice and what she does. I also watched her perform with Fauvely at the Sentient Bean. Their work was fantastic and the singer blew me away with her dreamy vibe and style. Styles? I want them all. From punk to gospel, I want to record them all.
Interested in recording?
Deep Cuts Studio: deepcutsstudio.net
The Back Room studio: facebook.com/thebackroomrecording