What sets your studio apart?My instrument collection. I have a ton of interesting vintage and new instruments. An 1880’s pump organ, for example.What are some of the biggest challenges about running your home studio?Keeping my instruments, mics and computer running properly. Especially the computer.What have been your favorite tech developments over the past few years?I love the iZotope RX plugins for cleaning up audio. The PSP plugins are also fantastic. Their VintageWarmer is great. I use that for snare or lead guitar. I also like their SpringBox.
Since college, grime artist Novelist wanted to make music at Abbey Road, the fabled London recording studio where everyone from the Beatles to Adele recorded their hits. “I remember once I told a teaching assistant in my music class, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna go to Abbey Road,’ and you can just tell when somebody’s not taking what you’re saying serious,” the 21-year-old says. “It made me laugh a bit.” Within the past year, though, he was in the famed studio, putting the finishing touches on his sonically complex debut LP, Novelist Guy, which came out this past spring. It’s since been shortlisted for the U.K.’s Mercury Prize.