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Home Studios of the Rich and Famous: The Complete ‘Peek Inside’ Series

Take a peek inside the private home studios of dozens of top artists from across the decades as we check out their creative workshops and ID as much gear as possible.

Scott Spock's home studio

Everyone loves gawking at the homes of the rich and famous—there’s endless TV shows and magazines that take us inside sprawling, opulent domiciles that most of us will never be able to afford. But ironically, whenever there’s a music artist featured, they almost never show off a home studio—the place where an artist gets in touch with the creative muse that’s gonna pay for those lavish surroundings. To be fair, for most people, a three-story indoor waterfall is far more impressive than acoustical treatments, but for our readers? Dude…that home studio is what we want to see, not only to check out where the music gets made, but also to compare notes — “He uses that preamp? Hey, I’ve got that monitor controller!” — and so on.

Since we have a professional aversion to getting arrested, we’ve never gatecrashed a celebrity’s home studio, but we sure have eyeballed a few — typically whenever celebs put their houses on the market. The modern-day advent of online real estate listings has provided us with unique views into the creative nerve centers for many artists, and we’ve regularly featured them in the PSN blog, ID’ing as much recording equipment as possible.

So, for your enjoyment, here’s the complete rundown of the entire series so far (minus the awesome Paul Simon one which, um, we had to take down). Also featured are a few home studio-related stories that fit the verve and vibe of the series, but enough of this — go take a peek!

Peek Inside Hunter Hayes’ Home Studio with this Video Tour: Country star/producer Hunter Hayes has built a well-appointed home studio for himself in the hills above Los Angeles. Let’s go gear-spotting as he gives a cool video tour of his creative recording space.

Peek Inside Taio Cruz’s Home Studio: Producer/singer/songwriter Taio Cruz has created hits for himself and everyone from J. Lo to Nick Jonas in his Beverly Hills home studio—let’s take a look at his tools of the trade.

Peek Inside the Home Studio of One Direction’s Liam Payne: Former One Direction singer Liam Payne sold his Calabasas, CA mansion for $10.16 million to pop chanteuse Halsey in early 2021. For that kind of money, maybe he threw in his well-appointed home studio.

Peek Inside Meghan Trainor’s Next Home Studio: Pop singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor put down $6.6 million around the turn of 2021 for a decked-out mansion in L.A.’s Encino neighborhood; let’s take a look at the home studio that came with it.

Peek Inside Phish Bassist Mike Gordon’s Home Studio: Phish’s Mike Gordon has put his Vermont home on the market, providing a glimpse of his awesome attic recording studio.

Peek Inside the Home Studio of Danny Elfman: A real estate listing for composer/musician/producer Danny Elfman’s mansion provides an opportunity to peek inside his home studio.

Inside Jay DeMarcus’ Home Studio: Jay DeMarcus, co-founder of country music legends Rascal Flatts, has had his own extremely busy (1,000 songs a year!) two-room home studio, The Grip II, for more than a decade. We take a deep dive into the facility, chatting with studio designer Carl Tatz and Nick Lane, DeMarcus’ go-to engineer since 2013.

Peek Inside the Private Studio of Herman’s Hermits’ Keith Hopwood: 1960s rock star Keith Hopwood of Herman’s Hermits put his sprawling UK estate—and two-floor, amply appointed barn studio—on the market.

Peek Inside the Private Studio of The Matrix’s Scott Spock: Scott Spock of legendary production team The Matrix has put his home on the market for $3.95 million, providing an opportunity to check out the private studio where he’s created hits for Rihanna, Jason Mraz, Britney Spears, Shakira and more.

The Gear of Damian Lillard’s Mini-Studio Inside the NBA Bubble; Hear His Tracks: While ensconced inside the NBA Bubble during the COVID-19 pandemic, NBA all-star Damian Lillard used his down time to record as rapper Dame D.O.L.L.A., resulting in the appropriately titled mixtape, Live from The Bubble. Let’s I.D. the gear he used to make those tracks.

Peek Inside Green Day’s Old Home Studio: Peek inside the home studio Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong owned and used during the band’s American Idiot era.

Building Lil Baby’s Hitmaking Home Studio: Breakout rap star Lil Baby spent three weeks this spring atop the Billboard album chart with My Turn. Now Platinum-selling engineer Thomas “Tillie” Mann is building the rapper a home studio, which was used to record “The Bigger Picture”—a single that was certified Gold before the studio was even finished.

Peek Inside Kenny G’s Home Studio: The king of smooth jazz, Kenny G, has put his Studio City home on the market, providing an opportunity to check out his private studio.

Home Recording, Beverly Hills-Style: This spacious home studio in Beverly Hills has been used to record Ozzy, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others—and now it’s on the market.

Inside French Montana’s Home Studio: Take a look inside rapper French Montana’s home studio, located in a guesthouse on his 3.1-acre estate.

Inside Craig David’s Home Studio: Peek inside Grammy-nominated rapper Craig David’s well-appointed home studio, located inside his $4.3 million Miami, FL penthouse.

Peek Inside Twenty One Pilots’ Home Studio: A perusal through social media takes the curious into the home studio of Twenty One Pilots vocalist Tyler Joseph.

Ray Dolby’s Mansion Hits the Market for $5.25M: The home of the late founder of Dolby Labs is for sale.

Home Studio Restoration Will Build on Alice Coltrane’s Legacy: Ambitious plans to restore house and home studio will fulfill Coltrane group’s creative mission.

A Labor of Love Supreme: Saving John Coltrane’s Home Studio: The crumbling home—and home studio—of Jazz greats John and Alice Coltrane has been rescued and named a National Treasure, but the work has only begun.

This Destination Studio Was a Destination Before It Was a Studio: David Bowie, MGMT, Duncan Sheik, Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, Donna Lewis and dozens of others recorded at this converted 1902 train station.

Inside Ottmar Liebert’s Home Studio: Ottmar Liebert rose to fame in the 1990s with his swoon-worthy ‘nouveau flamenco’ acoustic guitar music; in the years since, he’s amassed four Grammy nominations and 38 gold and platinum album certifications in the U.S. alone….

Peek Inside Tommy Lee’s Home Studio: Motley Crue drummer/occasional producer Tommy Lee asks $4.65M for home and home studio space.

Peek Inside Neil Young’s Former Home Studio: The home/studio from one of Neil Young’s most prolific eras is on the market.

Inside Lifehouse Frontman Jason Wade’s Home Studio: With an asking price of $4.25 million, the Agroua Hills estate includes a 2,000-square-foot recording facility.

Inside Glen Campbell’s Home Studio: Late country legend Glen Campbell’s California home/studio is on the market.

Recording in a Rolls-Royce: Capturing his latest track in a Rolls-Royce Phantom, UK Grime artist Skepta brings a whole new meaning to ‘high-end mobile recording,’ but he’s not the first person to lay down tracks in a car.