Sound City Studios’ building was originally a production factory for British musical instrument manufacturer, Vox. The studio was officially closed in May of 2011, but it has reopened as of early 2017.
Dave Grohl, former Nirvana drummer and current lead singer of the Foo Fighters, purchased the custom Neve 8078 Console from Studio A, and installed it in his private recording studio. In 2013, a documentary on the studio was made by Grohl titled Sound City.
When Buckingham Nicks by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks was being recorded here, the couple met Mick Fleetwood and struck up a friendship. In 1974, Lindsey and Stevie met Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and John McVie to discuss them joining the next, and most successful incarnation of Fleetwood Mac at El Carmen Restaurant in Los Angeles. Within a year of joining the band, Fleetwood Mac released “Fleetwood Mac” which reached number one on the Billboard 200, and spent 37 weeks in the top 10.
The famous sound board that Grohl purchased contributed the studios signature sound to more than one hundred certified gold and platinum albums.
Notable Recordings Made At Sound City:
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac by Fleetwood Mac
Buckingham Nicks by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks
Blues For Salvador by Carlos Santana
Havana Moon by Carlos Santana
You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish by REO Speedwagon
Heaven Tonight by Cheap Trick
Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Hard Promises by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Dr. John’s Gumbo by Dr. John
Everybody Loves A Happy Ending by Tears For Fears
After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
Nils Lofgren by Nils Lofgren
Terrapin Station by The Grateful Dead
Double Vision by Foreigner
Nevermind by Nirvana
One Hot Minute by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sound City Studios
15452 Cabrito Road
Van Nuys CA 91406