Imagine being able to make your perfect studio. Where would it be? What would it look like? And if you only had six pieces of gear to choose from, what would they be?
This is exactly what we ask of guest artists, producers and industry figureheads. It might sound easy but there are strict rules in the Forever Studio. Hosts and shameless nerds Chris Barker and Will Betts guide guests through the dramatic journey to studio foreverdom.
There will be nostalgia. There will be anecdotes. There may be gags. But there will be no bundles! It’s MusicTech’s My Forever Studio Podcast.
Ep 46: Eats Everything's $29 plug-in secret
Eats Everything aka Dan Pearce had his break out in 2011 with ‘Entrance Song’ and since then the award-winning DJ and producer has collaborated with Fatboy Slim, TEED and Four Tet. He even programmed a stage at Glastonbury this year on the history of rave. But what affordable plug-ins does he use on every production, which speakers held him back and if he could only DJ two genres for the rest of time, what would they be?
Ep 45: TEED’s totally rational studio phobias
British music producer TEED, aka Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music including Mark Ronson and Banks and released a steady flow of EPs, singles and remixes. But what are his studio phobias? Which affordable microphone travels the world with him, and why doesn’t he want the mega polysynth that has become a mainstay of Forever Studios past?
Ep 44: Goldfish have secret musical superpowers
This time, South African electronic duo Goldfish wrestle with the dilemma of choosing fine vintage instruments or modern synths to produce their brand of jazz-tinged house. Along the way, learn about Dom’s perfect pitch and synesthesia, and why the pair’s next record might be made with just the items they select on the show.
Ep 43: Ashibah only wants synths for gifts
Danish/Egyptian DJ, producer and singer Ashibah has been releasing vocal-forward house music on majors and dance labels like Spinnin and Anjunabeats since 2013, but before that had another career as a pro athlete. But how will that affect her choices?
In this episode, we find out about her love of the 90s synth aesthetic, which luxury headphones she covets, and why her final selection should be in every forever studio.
Ep 42: Jack Patterson’s zombie-proof Clean Bandit catamaran
This time, Jack Patterson of British uber hit-making trio Clean Bandit imagines an unusual studio forever home on the high seas. Along the way, learn the secret behind the ‘Rather Be’ piano sound, whose esoteric hardware he’d steal for the studio and which song he and the band measure all new tracks against.
Ep 41: Friend Within’s Oxfordshire otter outlook
Lee Mortimer’s musical roots are as an EDM producer but as Friend Within, he’s been tearing up the tech and house dancefloors with tracks such as The Renegade. Now the multi-monikered producer is taking his 2phargon alias to labels like Dirtybird. In this episode find out how a rudimentary DAW function led to his signing, which software has upped his mixing game and his tricks for overcoming a lack of musical theory knowledge.
Love this concept
Great stuff guys, hope this podcast continues to grow. A lot of fun to listen to producers/engineers gush over dream gear
Simplicity is the name of this game. 3 freebies + 6 pieces of gear is all they get. The fun part is the stories and discussions from the guests on why they choose what. It’s a repeatable formula that is fresh and interesting with every person they interview, whether it’s a live punk rock engineer or a laptop EDM producer. Great stuff.
My favorite podcast
I’ve tried to write this review a few times, and the iOS Podcast app seems determine to inhibit me from posting it! But I’ll square my jaw and try again.
I absolutely love this podcast. Every gear nerd will love the details and the exploration into why one compressor sounds better than the others, or why a certain synth is someone’s “must-have” instrument.
But the genius is in how the hosts use that conversation to explore not only production techniques but what really matters about making music. Boundaries help define our creativity and in an age of hard drives stuffed with terabytes of samples and DAWs filled with hundreds of plugins, every episode is a great reminder that the best ideas start simply.
Always entertaining, often insightful, and genuinely enlightening much of the time. Not to mention fun. It’s fantastic!