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.

Artist Spotlight – The Killer Hz

The very first band to record at Rarefied was San Diego garage rock outfit, The Killer Hz.

House engineer, Roy Silverstein, was on duty. Drums, scratch guitar, and scratch vocals were recorded to the 2″ MCI tape machine. Overdubs were later added in ProTools and the 4 songs were mixed by Roy on the Toft. Being the first thing recorded at the studio there were a lot of lessons learned about working in the rooms, but overall it came out great. The band recently got a website up and running which you can check out here: http://www.thekillerhz.com . It includes a music player streaming all four songs we recorded. Enjoy!