I drove past cattle and sheep farms to get to Duck Kee Studio in rural Chapel Hill, NC to visit owner/engineer Jerry Kee. In this episode of Music Industry Insights, Jerry shares the ups and downs of the home studio he's been running for over 20 years and how his passion for music is what keeps him going.
What a bummer!! Overall costs of remodeling the house have gone up because of “arquitectural surprises”…you know what this means? No studio!! Well kind of. Basically I won’t have the funds to make a studio from scratch as I had written about in Step 1. Instead I have to adapt and figure out what little space I can use to make music.
Even though I'm trying to limit myself to not write so much about gear and acoustics, I find it important to share with you that I am in the process of building my home studio...another one. I would like to share with you the process of communicating with the acoustic professionals and the architect I've hired. I will share with you my thought process of decision-making on how I want this studio to feel not just for myself, but for the clients. Even though I'll cover technical aspects and we'll geek-out a little on gear, I'll keep it to a minimum. It'll be more how these tools will help me serve my clients better and not so much how Gear XYZ will give me less distortion and noise-floor, etc.
One big question I have for myself and for other music professionals is “How do you ensure you can get a client to keep coming back?”
Most likely you’ve experienced this. You work with a client for the first time—artist, production company, label, etc.—and all went well, but for some reason after 6 months, 1 year, or more…they’re not calling back. Why?