Rarefied Recording, a San Diego Recording Studio

Darrell Thorp at Rarefied!

Wow, I’m still coming down from a high of working with esteemed engineer, Darrell Thorp. He’s engineered for the likes of Radiohead, Beck, Foo Fighters, and Paul McCartney and has 9 Grammys to show for it. So he’s no joke! I got to assist him on a song for TJ based rock/reggae band, Nosis. Not only did he do an amazing job for the band, he was also a lot of fun and good guy to work with. We’ve got two more days booked by Nosis’ label, Rasta Records, so I’m looking forward to more.

Getting to assist engineers like Darrell not only opens my mind up to some new ways of doing things, but it also reinforces a lot of things that I’m already doing and let’s me know that I’m on the right path. The engineering side of things is actually probably the easiest part when you are in a good room, with good mics/mic pre’s, and good players with good instruments. What matters more is listening critically with an ear for what’s right for the song and not being afraid to reshape people’s parts on the fly. That’s obviously more production than engineering, but it definitely makes the biggest impact in my mind. So hats off to Darrell for a job well done and thanks to him, the band, and the label for bringing their project through Rarefied.

2015 San Diego Music Award Nominees

Rarefied was humbled to find out that 4 different records done at the studio got nominations for the 2015 San Diego Music Awards.

Here are the nominees:

1. Normandie Wilson for Best Pop Album for her record “Normandie Wilson Is Tired of Being Nice”. From what I know, all the basic tracks were recorded at Rarefied by David Fleminger. This is a different record for Normandie, full of guitars and a harder edge to her sound; no punches pulled!

2. The Tree Ring for Best Americana Album for their record “Ten Rivers”. This was recorded by Chris Hobson at the studio and features the beautiful string and other orchestral instrument arrangements of lead band member, film scorer, and frequent Rarefied client, Joel P. West.

3. Astra Kelly for Best Local Recording for her record “Back to Ten”. This was recorded by Josh Mallit at the studio and features lots of great special guests from the San Diego music scene.

4. And finally, The G Burns Jug Band also for Best Local Recording for their record “The Southern Pacific & The Santa Fe”. This was also recorded by Chris Hobson and it was done to tape using only ribbon mics!

Congrats to all the folks above and best of luck come award night.