Joel shows Noisey his Analog Studio
I had never heard the word ‘reverberant’ so many times in one sitting, until I visited Joel Plaskett and Thomas Stajcer’s analog studio. Here, sitting in front of Plaskett’s massive Rupert Neve Designs 5088 32-channel console I’ve started to hear it so much that the word sounds made up. It’s the centrepiece of New Scotland Yard, Plaskett’s one-room recording joint in an old storehouse in the middle of downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
“This console used to belong to Usher, based on the serial number,” Plaskett says, his long legs and arms crossed, “Isn’t that funny? I know this could do some really amazing sounding hip-hop.”
Stajcer chimes in: “We also got this recently,” he says, showing off an SP1200 sampler circa 1987, “This is the sound of early New York hip-hop, like DJ Premier or Pete Rock. It’s like going back to DOS, though, it only takes floppy disks.” We make fun of old shit for a minute and I can’t believe I’m hanging out with Plaskett, one of the best living Canadian songwriters. He’s also an advocate for the preservation of cool buildings, so in accordance, he’s created his own. He reminds me of a high-school music teacher talking with his hands and weaving technical knowledge into something quirky but completely understandable.