Lincoln home recording studio looks to cater to local artists
It has never been easier for bands to record and release their own music, with countless programs offering a range of simple-to-complex options and tools. But to Lincoln musician and sound engineer Zach Lardy, there is no substitute for a second, experienced pair of ears.
“Anyone can buy a laptop and record themselves, but I think there’s a huge difference in that and actually going in the studio with someone who understands,” he says.
photo by Arianna Bohning
Lardy owns and operates his own home recording studio, The Berceuse Room, which he officially opened to local artists in 2015. Through his time working with major labels in Minnesota — with Atlantic Records signee Camera Can’t Lie — and Nashville studios and his current stint as bassist in Christian rock band VOTA, Lardy developed a desire to bring his knowledge of the music industry to local acts looking to boost their visibility.
“I see a lot of potential [with local] bands that come in and have songs and don’t really know what to do with them,” says Lardy, who is also a member of Lincoln rock band Sheridanway. “We’re at the point where you can have a killer song and someone hears it and you’re on the map.”
The Berceuse Room — named after the musical term which means “night song” — features gear enough to run a complete session, with a vocal booth, tracking spaces and a variety of synths and organs — evidence of Lardy’s penchant for vintage gear. Since its inception, The space has hosted recording sessions with the likes of Orion Walsh, The Young Ones, Taking the Hourglass and About Face. Lardy is also currently working with Virginia-based vocalist Ashley Johnson.
Visit The Berceuse Room’s website here for more information.
photos by Arianna Bohning
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Photo coverage: Tiny Giant re-launch show at The Bay
HN photo contributor Alex Durrant spent Saturday afternoon at The Bay, where local DIY label Tiny Giant re-launched itself with a cool lineup of local musicians and local artists. Now co-managed by Zo Willow and Spencer Krull, Tiny Giant will continue to spotlight queer artists through promotion and events like the one it hosted this past weekend. Read more about the label via The Daily Nebraskan here.
See Durrant’s photos below.
Photos by Alex Durrant
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Photo coverage: Gleemer with Better Friend, I Forgot To Love My Father, The Ambulanters
Later that evening, HN multimedia contributor Peter Barnes went to Duffy’s Tavern to catch Colorado indie rock band Gleemer as it passed through town on tour supporting its sophomore full-length album Anymore, which dropped last month on Other People Records (Many Rooms, Sea Cycles, Trade Wind). Local acts The Ambulanters and I Forgot To Love My Father opened the show to a robust crowd, while Better Friend closed things out.
See Barnes’ photos below:
I Forgot To Love My Father
Photos by Peter Barnes
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Hear Nebraska FM on KZUM Radio
It’s Monday, which means Hear Nebraska FM takes over the KZUM airwaves from 8-10 p.m., playing the latest and greatest in Nebraska music. Tonight, AZP/KHARI the Duo vocalist Ishma Valenti joins us live in-studio during the first hour to chat about this Saturday’s Nebraska Funk & Soul Alliance benefit concert and what he and partner Zach Watkins have been up to. Tune in to 89.3 FM in Lincoln or stream live at kzum.org and the Tune-In app.
It’s a quiet early week for shows. Plan for what lies ahead with our statewide calendar here. Contribute your own events here or email firstname.lastname@example.org with story ideas, song submissions, questions and comments.