RECORDING WITH US
The rate for a day of recording / mixing with us depends on a variety of factors. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us a little bit about your project, and we’ll be happy to come up with a plan with you! Keep in mind that our prices are sliding scale based on need – no project will be denied due to lack of funds. (See below for more info)
Beyond just recording, we often work with musicians on producing, arranging, and realizing their work. We also have access to a large community of musicians to play on your recordings, if you need. Let us know if you have a need for these services, or if you would like any guidance through the process.
There is no such thing as a “correct” way to make or record music. We will record any style of music, the very best we can, according to our own ears, and are down to try any recording technique you can dream of.
RENTING THE GRAVESEND STUDIO
Any engineer or musician is welcome to rent the Gravesend space and equipment for sessions or rehearsal. Renting the room as a rehearsal space includes drums, amps, piano, and PA – contact us for rates. If you are an experienced engineer, get in touch if you are interested in booking a recording session. Again, these prices are sliding scale based on need.
We are proud to be the home of The Bushwick School for Music, a non-profit organization that offers weekly workshops about music, collaboration, and audio engineering, available to anyone who is interested.
DEPOSITS / CANCELLATIONS
We ask for a 50% deposit at the time of booking, to protect ourselves from last-minute cancellations. If you cancel at least 3 weeks before your recording date, we will return your deposit.
WHY SLIDING SCALE?
The music writer Jessica Hopper recently asked on Twitter: “Gals/other marginalized folks: what was your 1st brush (in music industry, journalism, scene) w/ idea that you didn’t ‘count’?” The sheer volume of the accounts of sexism, racism and misogyny she received in response was overwhelming. Music scenes have always veered towards favoring and elevating the voices of certain people, often at the expense of others; sometimes, this happens in subtle ways. Sometimes it happens in ways that are overt.
In our time running Gravesend Recordings, we have witnessed not just this trend, but also a distinct correlation between those people who have the economic means to pay a fee for recording, and those people who never doubt that their access is a right and entitlement. And this marginalization is not just demographic — it manifests itself in the ways people treat each other during the recording process, in how they navigate our space.
We believe that creative spaces have a duty to address and combat these pressing social issues head-on. To this end, Gravesend Recordings employs sliding scale rates. To encourage and empower people who feel, or have been made to feel, that they don’t count, don’t belong, don’t have a place. To give keys to those who don’t normally have access — in a general sense and within spaces like Silent Barn and Gravesend. Whether that is due to gender identity, race/color, sexual orientation, ability, religion, nationality, economic means, or otherwise, everybody should have access.
SAFER SPACES POLICY
We adhere to Silent Barn’s safer spaces policy and add the following amendment for Gravesend Recordings:
During the recording process, every person present is engaged in working toward the common goal of realizing a project. Musician, engineer, writer, performer — we reject hierarchies, and embrace fluidity, among these roles. Ego and privilege checked, everyone works with a shared respect for the process and a clear view toward the result.
We all help each other through the process — help using gear, help playing parts, help with composition or musicianship or with wrapping a cable. Help is warranted if and only if it’s asked for. We do not prescribe methods, presume to know more, or feel entitled to explain anything to anyone else, without them asking. It is our sincere mission to cultivate an environment in which mutual respect is the working model for everybody involved.
Above all we value efficiency. Wasted time is caused by people pulling each other down instead of lifting each other up.