This is a guest post by forum member Dusty Reeds. The Black Keys’ new album has been recorded at this Dan Auerbach’s new Nashville studio. The Black Keys Fan lounge won’t be publishing the address or adding the studio to The Black Keys Nashville points of interest map on this site.
In mid-September my wife and I made a trip down to Nashville to see The Raconteurs play a show. While we were down there we took in many sights and sounds and among those was Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye studio. While we never got to step foot inside, the observations I made of the building itself and the impression it made on me are what I would like to share with you.
First of all, I took only one picture of the building (below). To snap numerous shots of the perimeter would have been pointless, because one only needs to see the entrance to get what is being asked by the occupants: “Go Away, nothing to see here.”
When I first walked up to the building I thought I must have made a mistake in my research on Easy Eye’s whereabouts. This was the antithesis of being easy on the eye. No sign, just the street address. Very bland in color, and very strong. A fortress, literally.
Numerous security cameras were accompanied an by 10 to 12 foot fence with razor wire (not just barb wire) running the entire length of it. I could not think of a less appealing structure to create music in. Although I imagine the inside is more attractive, I can only wonder as to why Dan felt the need to make the exterior so uninviting.
We visited a couple other studios while in town. Both we’re very warm and welcoming, even on the outside. And this is why I was so surprised to see the blandness of this structure. Many artists create a comfortable atmosphere in the studio in which they are recording to help relax them and bring out their artistry. Dan doesn’t seem the type to be a recluse. I would have expected the guy whom many compare Dan with to be the one with the fortress of a studio. But it was the exact opposite.
I imagine we’ll see before too long what music comes out of this studio from The Black Keys. I expect it will be great and none of this will have an effect on the music. I hope I’m correct. Because I really want this next album to be spectacular.
You can see photos of the inside of the studio here via Alysse Gafkjen’ photos of Dan recording Hacienda’s new album.