Graham Coxon’s Home Studio

Graham Coxon’s Home Studio

September 12, 2019 48 By Kailee Schamberger


This space up here at the top of the house
was going to be my creative space. It started off with just a table, with an
interface on it and a computer you know, and then it sort of got bigger. I mean this was meant to be a space where
there’s windows there, so there is a little area here which I would paint,
that would be my painting area and then round there is 18 years worth of tweed jacket purchasing
and coats so there’s a lot of good acoustic treatment down there, and amplifiers etc. But the sort of audio side of it expanded
a bit more. You get into speakers and then you get into
buying odd things from eBay like this little Glensound desk up there, and other preamps
that you see and try out. I’m a big experimenter in acoustic guitars
so there’s quite a few acoustic guitars. But really I haven’t gone really crazy on
audio gear I don’t think. I’ve made sure that I’ve got enough things
to do whatever I need to do to recording things cleanly or to muddy things up or enough channels
to maybe I could record a few people sitting around on acoustic instruments or whatever
else really. That’s how sort of miraculous recording is
these days is that you can just have a spare room and record something, and then it could
be in the charts. What’s great about this place is that I can get in here and be
working before my brain has woken up. We all have habits, like I have a habit as
soon as I pick up a guitar but if I can wake up and get myself in a creative state of mind
before the habits have started to clamp down on anything in my brain, then the few good
things can sneak through. You know, sneak under the, the thing that’s
closing. So it’s good that it’s so close to where I
wake up. Any kind of idea I have I can be up here really
quickly and recording it, whereas if I had a space up the road or 3 miles away, that
would be a bit trickier. So yep, I’ve got iD22 here. Dead easy to use, easy to rig up and can be
used in conjunction of course with the ASP800 which is part of sort of a mobile rack
I got together of bits and bobs so I could easily record drums. I could just grab that, chuck it in the car
and zoom down to a drum recording space because obviously I can’t do it here. So I mean that’s incredibly handy, very very
mobile, this thing goes in and out of my case whenever I leave London. This goes with me because it’s just dead
easy, I have speakers set up wherever I’m going, I just get there and then plug them
in the back and then you’re off. But having a place like this in your house,
it sort of means you can constantly write really and whatever you write and record,
if you’re going to make an album, single or whatever, it’s not that you’re making crappy
home demos that you’re going to record properly in a studio, they can actually be part of
the real thing, so those spontaneous ideas aren’t ever wasted, they can stay there and
sound as fresh and exciting as when they happened, whether they are accidental or whether you’ve
really worked them out. That’s what I like about recording is these
moments of inspiration that just stay there, suspended, you know in a song, forever.