Tiny Telephone Recording Studio with Debbie Neigher

This past October, I had the pleasure of spending a day in the Tiny Telephone recording studio with my good friend, San Francisco-based singer-songwriter, Debbie Neigher. She’s getting closer to the release date of the album, and we’re both happy to finally share these images with the world 🙂

Debbie, producer John Vanderslice and sound engineer Ian Pellicci were working on a few tracks on John’s ridiculously sickly amazing lineup of analog gear, including one phenomenal Studer 827 2″ 24 track system and their historically significant Neve 5316 Console. While I was there, Debbie and John were gracious enough to grant me full access to the studio where I was able to capture what it’s like during a day in the life of Debbie recording her debut album.

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Debbie is a native of New Jersey, and has been playing piano under classical training and her own highly-motivated regimen since age 4. As a singer-songwriter she elegantly builds upon her early start on the keys into the sometimes hard-nosed, sometimes delicate and soft musical machine that she is today. Her songs are a blend of rock and indie, with a hint of jazz and sprinkle of funk. Whether backed by a full band on stage, or simply going solo with her piano in a coffee shop, you always experience a great performance from her.

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So what was spending an extended evening at Tiny Telephone like? I arrived right at the end of tracking for “Wishbone,” which was cool because it allowed me to start out in the control room with everyone, warming up to the entirety of the TT studio while they reviewed the takes. The studio is packed with so much neat gear, I had loads of fun exploring different angles and compositions. Lighting, as in most studios, was pretty dim, so the mood was right, but low light photographic challenge was in full effect. After an hour or so of reviewing a few tracks from earlier in the day, Debbie moved to the sound booth (or TT’s humongous sound room in this case), where i was able to capture her on the piano warming up for the next set of takes for “My My My.”

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All in all I’d say it was a joy to experience part of this process and I’m grateful I was able to capture these timeless moments for Debbie. You only record your first studio album once and I appreciate being the only outsider invited into the mix to take part in documenting this part of the process.

It’s important to note: recording analog music requires flawless takes, so if you blow it in the first 20 seconds or the last few, you’re doing the whole thing over again. Lucky for Debbie, we only got a few good laughs once or twice on that one. Overall it was an inspiring experience, one I hope to repeat with Debbie, and Tiny Telephone. Thanks Debbie, for inviting me into  share this with you!

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Whitney Nichole ‘100 Strong’ Mastering Session

Whitney Nichole closes one chapter in the making of the ‘100 Strong’ debut album at Trakworx. That CD you see will be the master disc that powers the recordings you’ll all be hearing come February 2011, and maybe if you’re luck a few previews online between now and then…

Very exciting 🙂 Congratulations Whitney, amazing moments call for celebration – CHEERS! Oh yeah, we did have a bottle of yummy Sebastiani Cab while Justin Weis, Owner and Lead Engineer, did his thing. Joining us in the studio was Whitney’s producer Adam Rossi. It was a day to remember for the two of them. Fantastic finish to a great album.

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Whitney Nichole in Studio at Adam Rossi Audio

Another day of tracking and mixing ‘100 Strong.’

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Whitney Nichole in Studio at Adam Rossi Audio – July 17, 2010

Whitney Nichole in the recording studio at Adam Rossi Audio. Day ??? of tracking, very cool experience so far. Things are coming along in ways I’m not quite sure we imagined up until this point. This album is going to be amazing…

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Whitney Nichole in Studio at Adam Rossi Audio – June 18, 2010

Another impressive day of tracking vocals at Adam Rossi Audio for Whitney Nichole. The album is coming along 🙂

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Whitney Nichole ‘100 Strong’ Pre-Production at Adam Rossi Audio

Not only do I have the most amazing girlfriend in the world, I’m also lucky enough that she’s a gifted singer-songwriter. This not only means always being surrounded by a beautiful voice and amazing music, but being able to take part in documenting really cool things like the first day of pre-production on her debut album.

It’s moments like this that remind me why I am a photographer.

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