David Ivory

193 – Inside the Studio with David Ivory

David Ivory has been a staple in the Philadelphia music scene for over 25 years and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including: The Roots, Erykah Badu, Pattie LaBelle and a long list of others. Ivory started in the late 80s in the basement of a house, then went on to build his own studio and eventually move to the famed Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. David takes us on a journey through the transformation of the music industry from analog, to digital to DIY producers and much more.

“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” – Sarah Dessen

David Ivory talks about:

  • Getting started in the music business
  • Building his first (amazing) recording studio
  • The differences of recording now vs the 80s, 90s, etc
  • Working with Questlove and The Roots
  • What he looks for in a drummer
  • The key elements of a songwriter
  • Advice for drummers looking to be “session players”
  • Much More

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