Welcome to Steph Durwin Recording - a website where I share my music and production projects!
I hope you find everything you need here at my website, but if not, feel free to shoot me an email. I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about how I got started in the world of music and recording / mixing.
I started writing poetry in the third grade. They were stupid stupid poems, but they were incredibly important. They formed the beginnings of my love for music and rhythm. When I was 12, I began writing silly songs on my computer. When I was 14, I bought my first little microphone with money I earned by landscaping. My excitement to change and affect my recordings became my first ever mixes. While the content itself was not particularly good, I knew I was drawn to the art of it all. I decided to pursue recording and mixing as a career. I ended up moving from good ol' Ohio to Boston, MA to go to recording school. Doing so allowed my skill level to align more fully with my taste.
My first studio internship was at Mad Oak Studios (under head recordist and mixer extraordinaire, Benny Grotto) and I fell in love with the studio family there. I learned a lot about the process of working with bands and communicating musical ideas. There is certainly an art to hearing a band or producer's suggestions and fulfilling it technically.
Around the same time, I also began bringing sessions to 37' Productions, another amazing studio with a wonderfully supportive and loving studio family. I was able to have some interesting and deep conversations with Sean McLaughlin, the studio's owner, about mixing, philosophy, and the details that bring the two together.
My love for music combined with my love for helping artists is what drives me. I've been fortunate to have great mentors I've met along the way and can't thank those guys enough. If you're reading this Sean and/or Benny, thank you :)
Since those beginning days in both studios, I've worked on some really fun projects and now live in New York City! Since moving here, I've completed an internship at Studio G Brooklyn, an incredible space with all of the gear a musician or band could possibly want. When I finished my internship, I told them I'd be back... next time with my own projects.
If you'd like to hear some other examples of my work or if you're thinking about hopping into the studio, please check out my clients page. And please feel free to reach out via email. I'd be happy to show you the recording spaces at Studio G or beyond, talk about your recording goals, and figure out a budget that will work for you and your band.