Fascinating Photos of Famous Musicians in Their Studios

(Source: Flavorwire)

By Tom Hawking

We’re constantly fascinated with the creative process…and one of the most important components of that process is the space in which it takes place. For musicians, at least as far as the recording process goes, this place is the studio, and as such we thought we’d take a look at the studios of some of our favorite musicians. The contrasts on display are intriguing, from the endearingly chaotic to the pristine and very expensive, from analog to digital, from minimalist to decked out in all sorts of crazy-looking gear. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

studio 1

The Chemical Brothers

Tom Rowlands on the bridge of the Chem Bros’ spaceship.

studio 2

Steve Albini

Electrical Audio in Chicago: a space as austere as the man who owns it.

studio 3

Daft Punk

We’d love to believe that Daft Punk really do dress up in their helmets when they’re recording…

studio 4


…and we’re delighted to see that Lindstrøm sports his trademark bucket hat!

studio 5

Flying Lotus

All that mess would probably make us scream, too.

studio 6

Dr. Dre

Avec gigantic keyboard.

studio 7

Brian Eno

Back in the 1970s…


Brian Eno

… and now.

studio 9

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Shortly before he burned his studio to the ground. No, really.

studio 10


Who says Thom Yorke doesn’t have a sense of humor?

studio 11

Lenny Kravitz

Of course Lenny Kravitz has a crazy-beautiful studio.

studio 12

Bob Moog

And of course Bob Moog has a gazllion amazing-looking synths.

studio 13

Jimi Hendrix

The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the newly opened Electric Lady Studios on West 8th Street in New York.

studio 14

J Dilla

With Peter Adarkwah from BBE Records at his home studio in Detroit. Look at all that vinyl!

studio 15

Animal Collective

More controlled chaos.

studio 16

Phil Spector (with Ike and Tina Turner)

Before the crazy.

studio 17

Sly Stone

Before the crazy (II).

studio 18

Johnny Jewel

We’re amused and entirely unsurprised to see that the Chromatics and Glass Candy producer’s neo-disco aesthetic extends to his workspace.

studio 19

King Tubby

The great Jamaican dub pioneer at his self-built home studio in Kingston.

studio 20

Aphex Twin

He even looks terrifying in the studio.

studio 21

Daphne Oram

Female electronic pioneers, take one.


Laurie Spiegel

Female electronic pioneers, take two!

studio 23

Pharrell Williams (with J. Cole)

It’s kind of reassuring to see that Pharrell isn’t above using cheap MIDI keyboards.

studio 24

Michael Rother

Suitably spaced out, some time in the mid-1970s.

studio 25

Tom Waits

And finally, the only man who can make a tiny toy piano somehow look cool. Bless.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 09:09:12

    Interesting pics…. But I am so uncool that I don’t know who most of these folks are!


  2. mvcoogan
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 09:10:09

    Too uncool to have the knack of signing in first yet also. Sorry.


  3. bob
    Aug 31, 2021 @ 22:12:58

    great pics


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