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Our History

         Originally built as a post office in early 1950, Barefoot Recording was eventually converted to Crystal Industries Recording Studio in 1967 by Andrew Berliner. Through Andrew's innovative acoustic and electrical design, the studio quickly became one of the premier recording facilities in Southern California. The extensive client list reads like a who's who of the 60s and 70s. Artists ranging from Barbara Streisand to Jimi Hendrix and with a high point being the recording and creation of Stevie Wonder’s "Songs in the key of Life". Other notable artists include: Supertramp, Jackson 5, War, The Doors, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Marvin Gaye, and The Byrds.

          In the late 80s and early 90s the facility was leased by the notable producer Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Parkway Drive) and projects including Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, and Monster Magnet. On September 15, 2000, Eric Valentine took ownership of the building and its resident "Stevie Wonder" 9ft Yamaha Grand Piano which was used on the Stevie Wonder records recorded during the Crystal Industry era.  From 2000-2018, Studio A became Eric Valentine's private studio and Studio B hosted producers like Jon Brion, Matt Radsovich, and Cian Riordan.

          As of the summer of 2018, Eric Valentine and studio manager and long time friend of the studio, Tim O'Sullivan, along with the staff, have re-opened Barefoot in its full capacity to outside bookings. Barefoot Recording combines the tradition, service and professionalism of big LA commercial studio with the vibe and creativity of a world-class producer's private studio. Barefoot is a truly inspirational and special place to make music.