Gravity Studios is a recording studio in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, opened by producer/engineer Doug McBride in 1993. Known as the studio responsible for furthering the success of developing indie rock bands, Gravity’s first week of existence was spent with Veruca Salt, recording the first version of the bands’ hit, “Seether”.
After producing “deal closing demos” for many local bands in the 90’s, the studio grew, producing notable recordings including: Racheal Yamagata’s “Collide”, the major label debut album for Fall Out Boy, multiple albums for Rise Against, the hit “Delilah” for the Plain White T’s, work with Badly Drawn Boy, the Walkmen, and Jack’s Mannequin. In 2005, Gravity expanded its horizons and added a state-of-the-art mastering suite.
Gravity has remained true to its original vision of artist development and accessibility to local artists. The studio has also served as a hub for audio engineers. Many trace their beginnings to internships or first jobs at Gravity. That tradition continues as McBride teaches recording classes for students of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy.
In 2011, the studio remains busy with a combination of freelance engineers utilizing the drum room, staff engineers developing bands, McBride producing singer songwriters and also mastering in the adjacent studio. Current clients include Filligar, for whom the studio has recorded 4 CDs, the critically acclaimed Anna Fermin’s upcoming EP, and multiple projects for Lee De Wyze.