SPENCER KRUG / WOLF PARADE
In January of 2017 Wolf Parade had the pleasure of spending a week at The Noise Floor, where we recorded overdubs and vocals for our most recent LP, "Cry Cry Cry," and we were very happy with the results. It is easily our best-sounding release so far.
We've been in many recording studios and have found that one common problem within that world is sterile, white-walled environments, wherein the focus is more on gear and pristine sound quality than it is on artistry and creatively inspiring spaces. The Noise Floor does not suffer from this problem (though the sound quality is just a s good!) The space is easily large enough for a band to work in, yet has a cozy, welcoming feeling that makes one feel instantly at home, not worried about where you should throw your coat. The live room is warm-feeling, lit and decorated in such a way that makes it possible to spend hours at a time within if needed. (I personally had so much fun recording vocals in there that I didn't want to stop and probably did more takes than was necessary.) These same "vibes" spill over into the the engineering room and adjacent communal room, making the entire space a comfortable, relaxed environment wherein ideas flow naturally.
The Noise Floor's location on Gabriola is also a positive. The fact that the studio is located on a somewhat remote island gives the feeling that the rest of the world is on hold while you work on your album, and any help in blocking out distractions when working is something all artists will benefit from. Feeling like nothing else exists is very easy to do in the tranquil surroundings. There is warm, beautiful little cottage in the back yard, where I personally slept, and it offered a chill and private space for me to finalize and practice my lyrics before putting them to tape. Not to mention deep, silent sleeps.
Jordan Koop, co-owner and engineer, is very talented and great to work with. He was flexible with his hours, catering to the band's schedule. He knows his gear well and how to use it to a band's full advantage. He is full of knowledge and ideas but is also open to different ideas, suggestions, and alternative ways of working, should a band want to experiment. This is simply to say that, despite his skill and expertise, Jordan is not "stuck in his ways" the way that I've found other house engineers can be. He is very calm, kind, and funny, making it easy to feel at ease around him; to have him on the receiving end of a mic when you're trying out a new (bad) idea, or ask him to play a keyboard part back for the hundredth time.
Jordan and Terry Ondang, co-owner and studio manager, could not have made us feel more welcome. Really, it was all a very lovely and fun; a creative and productive experience that never really felt like "work." I remember now the album covers and stickers decorating the bathroom - the many bands that came before us - which made me feel like we'd joined a special club - The Noise Floor alumni. Really I can't recommend the studio enough and I hope I get to work there again some day.
Coming to the Noise Floor to record my record was an amazing experience. I find communicating with Terry and Jordan very easy and it was a cozy space to be whether there were two of us or five of us. It’s worth the extra ferry rides to get away from the city and concentrate on recording. Being a non-binary person I felt that they made an extra effort to make a safe space for myself and my band. The resulting record bodiesofwater is my favorite one I’ve ever made. It’s a world class recording facility. Jordan is a great engineer and producer and the space would work for any band that wants to come and focus on their record.
YOU SAY PARTY
This studio is amazing! We found it a great benefit to escape Vancouver and immerse ourselves in the recording process. Away from any external pressures, we were able to focus on creating good work. Jordan is a fantastic engineer and producer, offering great input and ensuring we captured our best work. Would recommend this studio and this experience to any band looking for more out of the recording experience.
-You Say Party
We have worked with the Noise Floor on every record we have ever created. Jordan and Terry have been a constant source of support for our band since day one and we wouldn't be where we are without them. Stepping away from "real life" to record at their beautiful studio on Gabriola Island is the ideal experience for anyone interested in fully immersing yourself in the beauty of nature and the peace of mind required to comfortably focus on making a huge and sick record. We constantly receive compliments on the uniquely live and yet huge and polished-sounding quality of our recordings. Jordan's patience and humor make working with him feel like working with an old friend and his technique is unbeatable. He is open, kind, and hardworking and it shows in the albums he helps to create. Terry has counselled us through too many emotional breakdowns to count. We love them both from the bottoms of our rotten hearts. If you aren't recording at the Noise Floor you are fucking up!
I have so many positive feelings about my experiences recording at The Noise Floor on Gabriola. I feel strongly that having a positive and supportive vibe during the recording process is super key to coming out with something great. Terry and Jordan are deeply kind and wise people who care so much about artists and their music. They have created a comfortable and inspiring space and I feel so lucky to have found them!
Working with Jordan as an engineer and producer has definitely helped me grow as a musician and producer myself. He has always made me feel totally musically safe to try out ideas and find the best solutions for the songs. I think having someone guide you in the right direction for your art is so rare. I have felt pushed in past musical scenarios in directions I don’t want to go and I really value Jordan’s approach. The whole process is always super fun and being on the island away from distractions is inspiring and productive.
Hush pup loves Terry and Jordan and The Noise Floor! They are an integral part of our musical lives and have helped us so much to carve out our musical history as a band.
-Ida Maidstone (Hush Pup)
We had a wonderful time recording and mixing with Jordan and Terry at the Noise Floor on Gabriola Island. Jordan was technically very impressive, always listening and receptive to any of our comments but also realistic about our options. Jordan was able to translate our ideas perfectly in his mixing and recording of our album “Seeing Green”. Both Jordan and Terry were consistently accommodating and the facilities were amazing, it was like a vacation in the woods. We highly recommend the Noise Floor to any band that is looking for a professional and relaxing place to record their music.
-dumb (the vancouver band)