We’ve been in Nashville for a couple of weeks now and the search for the perfect spot continues. We’ve been searching for home for quite some time now and it’s becoming frustrating. There are so many factors to consider. On one hand, we need a space that is far away from neighbors (at least enough distance that recording sessions won’t bother them). I need space for my dogs and any fosters I bring in. Honestly, the home in the photo would be perfect for me. I love the idea of living out in the middle of nowhere and having my own little spot in the world.
However, this isn’t practical for business. We need to be a reasonable distance for people to drive in order for them to want to work with us. Nashville is a nightmare to drive in. Look at this highway system:
If this doesn’t look that confusing, imagine trying to go from Northeast Nashville, where we currently reside, to Southwest Nashville. We have to take three separate highways to get there, and this involves merging all the way over three times. By the time you get anywhere you are completely exhausted. So we need to take travel into consideration.
Still, I wonder if people might be willing to make the drive if we made it worth their while. If our studio offered a tranquil space with plenty of parking (free, no city garage nightmare), a place where you can bring your dogs, enjoy the open air, would that be worth the extra drive?
I’m really asking for opinions here, so please chime in! How far would you be willing to drive for high-quality recordings? What would make it worth your while? If you wouldn’t leave the main city (and I totally don’t blame you), is there something that the city studios lack that we could provide to entice people to come out?
I’m just trying to find a balance between the peace and quiet I need with the convenience and accessibility that my clients need. Any input would be so appreciated! All thoughts are welcome, even if you aren’t a musician. What makes a drive worth it for you? Let me know, please and thank you!