A post-apocalyptic backdrop plays host to trophy guitars, midcentury microphones, spa cocktails, and first-class lodging.
Courtesy of LISA MARIE HART Palm Springs Life Magazine
Led Zeppelin went to Headley Grange, an ivy-enveloped 18th-century English workhouse. Sting holed up in a French château. Since musicians met amplifiers, legendary acts have set up their recording gear in locales they sense will inspire their best work. When it does, insiders talk and soon the place is booked solid. From a cramped Detroit basement that churned out Motown’s chart-busters known as Hitsville U.S.A. to the bluesy 1960s sounds that oozed out of Alabama’s own Muscle Shoals, destination recording studios fill the liner notes of rock history.
The music scene’s latest hideout has hatched overnight 144 miles from Hollywood. Pink Satellite Studios sits on 10 private acres of secluded, Joshua tree–studded land. Its open expanse of pristine terrain looks out to Ritz-Carlton–style vistas. The moment your SUV limo chauffeur begins to question the driving directions, a silver bullet trailer glints in the sun and a hot pink house waves hello.
It’s Mad Max meets Abbey Road at this residential recording studio adjacent to a pink, 1960s ranch-style home. The artistic heritage and mind-altering setting of the High Desert is just the right place for a high-tech sound factory and its posh lodging component. Write, jam, and record by day. Don a plush bathrobe to sing songs and sip scotch around the fire pit by night. Tell the chauffeur you’ll see him in a week.
Pink Satellite Studios may be the only professional studio ever to combine dozens of vintage guitars previously owned by musical icons with fluffy white monogrammed towels that hang in the marble master bathroom. The pink thread that spells out “P.S.S.” really says: “Welcome to the next big thing. You bumped along these back roads with purpose. Now let’s go for a ride.”
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