Groovebox Studios set up shop in Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center 16 months ago with a simple premise: one band, one room, one take.
It’s not a new concept, but it’s one that’s fallen out of favor in the remix era. One-take-only means musicians need to come to the studio polished, practiced and ready to play. The resulting recording gets no editing and no overdubs.
Royce Haas, a back-to-basics rock-and-roller, records music with Groovebox under the stage name Scarecrow Jones. He’s a fierce supporter of the project and likens the studio’s approach to the early Sun Records sounds of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
“You read the background on that stuff: It was one room, one take, and listen to how great it is,” he said. “It just gives it a rawness and a life to it that can’t be captured when you’ve got 45 takes.”