Where did the name come from?
I’m Darryn Ball, my name is not Norman, although a lot of people think it is because of my solo material. I came up with the name when I was a delivery driver and put 2 street names together, originally for a band, but ended up using it for the studio instead.
What influenced you to start the studio?
A passion for music really. I also wanted to keep it at home so I could still use top quality gear, but keep the prices down. A lot of bands fail because they don’t have the money to get recordings together, and I wanted to give those bands the opportunity to create a saleable product.
Who have you recorded with/who are you recording with?
At the moment I’m tracking a new single for a band that I play in called Digital Order. Recently it’s been a lot of solo acts, where I’m filling in on drums, guitars, bass etc. I did some work with various hip hop artists last year as well. I’m recording an EP with the band Rich King Matthews and I’m also doing some work with Pandaphobia. This is all on top of my solo material which I’m always working on.
Tell us a bit about your solo project, Norman SD?
I’m always playing music and writing. I eventually started turning that into songs that I could release with a band, but then realised I could release them solo. So I recently released my first solo single.
Who has inspired you, in the industry you’re in?
The person who has always inspired me to do my own thing, write and be original is Daniel Johns from Silverchair. When it comes to producing I’m a big fan of Forrester Savell, who has produced bands such as Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus and The Butterfly Effect. Andy Wallace as well (Limp Bizkit, Sliverchair).
What would be your main advice to new bands trying to make it?
Know the songs. Bands need to be able to play the songs back to front before they take it to the next level. Oh, and take it seriously. If you want to get somewhere, start being serious about what you do, from taking care of your instruments to everything else involved.
With bands releasing new material so quickly/often – has the game changed?
It just depends on the band and the style of music. It’s definitely a trend now to consistently release singles – it keeps the spotlight on. As long as artists are aware of what they’re putting out there and are putting effort into what they create then it’s fine. It hasn’t changed the game…yet. Most artists still release albums every few years.
What do you think about all the hype surrounding potential venue closures in the city?
There’s still venues, but they’re closing down the good ones! The scene is a bit damaged at the moment, it’s a shame really. Just another challenge, in the ever-challenging music industry. I guess we may have to just wait for the old people to die out.
Do you have any funny stories from the studio?
A long time ago I made a singer cry. I wasn’t trying to be mean, but he cried anyway.