Hello Rockstars! - Recording Studio Rockstars

Hello Rockstars!

Hello Rockstars...

You have found the right place!

My name is Lij Shaw. I have been making records for the past 25 years in studios all over. Today I own my own recording studio, The Toy Box StudioIt is a privilege to be able to say that every day when I wake up I get to go to work with a smile on my face because I am doing what I love!

I have learned a ton about recording from all my experiences in the studio, and can now walk confidentially into almost any recording session knowing that by the end of the day I will have helped the producer, artist, or band achieve their creative vision and create their best music.

At The Toy Box Studio our motto is... You love to make music. We love to help you make your music great!

Lij Shaw
The Toy Box Studio

However I didn't always have the confidence to handle a recording session with real people spending real money on real projects!

I remember feeling like there was so much to learn in the studio (In fact I still feel that way. Hopefully that drive to learn never goes away).

I would get soooo nervous before the start of a recording session. I could hardly relax the night before a big tracking session, or I would have a hard time feeling confident about my mixes.

I wanted to know more about recording and become a better engineer and producer.

I just wanted to learn what the pros knew!

My heart was in it, and I trusted my passion for music, and my taste in music.​ But I felt like I needed a chance to work with the pros who really understood how to make great records.

All I wanted to do was have the chance to be in a real recording studio with the real pros!

Well I got that chance! After going to school for recording at MTSU I was able to intern at the world class, Woodland Studios in Nashville TN.

After my internship finished I had to move on. The studio didn't have an opening for an assistant engineer, and I wanted to be in the control room somewhere making records.

 At first I didn't find any work in recording and got discouraged. But I kept looking (and delivered a lot of pizzas!) until I finally found a studio that I loved, and people that I could connect with, Alex The Great

That was years ago. But one recording session led to another until I was able to open my own studio, The Toy Box Studio, in East Nashville TN, which has recently become a Grammy winning studio (Yeehaw!).

Here is a tour of The Toy Box Studio by my good friend Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner. (BTW This was meant to be my Bonnaroo to Bonnaroo beard for 2015. Its been a year. I'm not sure if i'm keeping it. So you may see Facebook photos of me with and without the beard.)

​It can be easy to forget how much there is to learn as we become more experienced.

And understandably as we get better at recording we don't always think of the details of what we are doing. We just simply do it!

However those of you learning to record from the start or anywhere along the way for that matter are probably still itching to know more. You want to know how things are done and have them broken down for you into simple steps and easy to understand logic.

Thats where Recording Studio Rockstars comes in. 

I want to bring you into the recording studio to learn from the pros! Ill be creating articles, videos, tutorials, and then more involved courses to help you learn how to become a rockstar of the recording studio yourself. So you can make the records you want to make.


I'm also launching a new podcast very soon. I will have inspiring guests on the show to interview them for tips, tricks, and guidance to give you the momentum you need to stay on your path to making great records!

So thanks again for joining me here, and stay tuned as I bring you more content here on the blog, on the podcast, and straight to your email.

I cant wait to meet you and hear the music you are recording. I want to help you become a Recording Studio Rockstar!​

In order to help me help you the best way possible please leave a comment below and tell me your top question or struggle with recording today.

What stands between you and becoming a rockstar in the studio?

please comment below...


Lij Shaw

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