Something that makes you feel safe

DJ Friendly Scientist and I did a recording session with Spider Cloud at イタチshelter yesterday. It was the first ever non-electronic music recorded at イタチshelter.

The whole session went well and I’m excited to get to work on the mix with the Good Scientist.

Major thanks to our good friend Tatsuya for dropping off a literal truckload of equipment right when we needed it the most!

(Also, congrats to fellow イタチshelter co-founder Derrick for his recording debut. That was some mighty fine clapping.)


DJ Friendly Scientist asked us all to bring to the recording session an object that makes us feel safe. I think he is part mad scientist, too.

What makes a person feel safe? What makes you feel safe? What makes me feel safe? It was fun to think about. For me, this was perhaps unexplored brain territory.

And I think I knew my answer almost immediately. I tried to come up with better answers for days, but I kept coming back to the same one again and again. For me, the thing that makes me feel safe is イタチshelter.

It’s not an accident that our humble workspace is called “shelter.” It’s refuge in a crowded and fast city, a place to take cover underground to work, to create, to spend time with others, to have fun or to learn or to hatch new ideas together.

It’s been a great first year for イタチshelter and it’s interesting to think back on how the space has transformed over 12 months from an empty white underground chamber with a desk to the random explosion of colors, objects, creations, people, and events that it has become.

I feel grateful to everyone who has been a part of it. I hope I’m not the only one who finds it to be a safety zone.