For some folks, this is the confusing part, because a "studio" conjures different meanings depending on your frame of reference. For example, when I am talking to a musician, they think of outboard processing gear, mics, boom stands, a control booth, etc. But when I speak to an artist, they think easels, paints, clay, brushes, the smell of linseed oil. When I speak to a leather craftsman, they think punches, presses, swivel knives and racks with hides ready for producing work.
So which studio do I have? All three.
The Art Studio
Anyone who's been to my Facebook fan page knows that I paint pinup and cheesecake images. I've published two books and even sold a few copies. Curve, which came out in 2015, and re:Curve which was published in 2016, showcase some of my best digital work.
Yep, I said digital. Most of the time I wok digitally. Why? Because in today's fast-paced world of here today, gone tomorrow consumers, you need to create a workflow that allows you to create a lot of content and keep it high quality. So, that's what I do.
The Music Studio
Every musician worth their salt has some way of recording themselves. Mine is a pretty straight forward workflow. I generally record using a Focusrite iTrack Solo interface into my Macbook Pro. You can get an idea of how things turn out in my Performance Library.
Recording bits and pieces for other artists is no great shakes either, whether it be backing vocals, lead vocals, electric or upright bass, you name it. Having the ability to record myself playing helps a lot of artists to get a live bassist on their tracks at an affordable price point. Because, let's face it. As good as some of the VSTs are out there for bass, there's just no substitute for the feel and sound of a real human being playing a instrument.
The Leather Studio
Working in my leather studio is actually a lot of fun for me, but fitting it in with all sorts of music gear and art tools can be a bit of a challenge. But I've managed to section off an area of my studio that will allow me to work on large leather working projects like belts, holsters, chaps, chinks, saddle repair, etc.
With a little luck, the leather studio will move to the old summer kitchen here on the farm. It's the perfect size for a workshop, and when it's insulated and climate-controlled, it will make a great little shop.