Philadelphia, PA. Blue Honey Studios recently celebrated their One-Year Anniversary of offering safe spaces for Womxn, LGBTQ, and POC identified artists and creatives. Lezcronymz sat down in the studio with Tiffany Teich, Owner & Audio Engineer at BHS to discuss the importance of a safe-haven for LGBTQ and Womxn-Identified Artists.
Lezcronymz: “Who does Blue Honey Studios Cater to?”
Tiffany: “So it’s LGBTQI inclusive, Womxn-Centered—anyone who identifies as a womxn--because, I mean, you also have like non-binary people so you know anyone who identifies outside of the heteronormative spectrum.
Lezcronymz: “What made you decide to start Blue Honey Studios? When did you feel like there was a need?”
Tiffany: “I guess when I was in college and I was working with mostly cysgender, heteronormative white men and uh, you know, the experience of being looked at as a cysgender womxn and being treated as a cysgender womxn. You know there’s white men who don’t respect anybody and barely even other white men.”
“…it was important to me to not just have fucking white people behind everything…”
Lezcronymz: “Trust me it’s not just the white men.”
Tiffany: Men. I’ll be real about it too. It’s fucking 2020 we do not need to enter spaces where we feel like the people who are in them or have created them have no respect for education about our lives or our experiences.
Lezcronymz: “Right. It’s tiring to have to enter these spaces and try to teach people about basic ways to respect people who are different from you. On one hand we definitely need to have our own spaces to never have to deal with the bullshit. On the other hand I actually want to enter those spaces and teach them how to best serve these populations—
Tiffany: “–because they’re not confronted with it. How can you expect a bunch of cysgender, heteronormative, white men who have only ever expereinced eachother to be educated on these things and not be ignorant. It’s also exhausting trying to explain things to shitty people.”
Lezcronymz: “How is business and how are people reacting to the concept of your studio?
Tiffany: “I think in the past year we’ve gotten about fifty clients. I’d say 10-15 are repeating clients which is really dope.
Lezcronymz: “Consistent customers are always dope!”
Tiffany: “Yes, because they’re not just coming through one time to record for an hour and they leave. They’re like ‘I like having you record, I like the space’ so it’s nice. My biggest thing that I’ve noticed with my clientele is that it’s primarily black people—people of color. So it’s important to me to help cater to that demographic. Realize it, understand it, and not take it for granted and make sure that the space—along with being there for queer people—it’s important that black people and people of color know that they are welcome here as well.
Lezcronymz: “Well we appreciate that.”
“We need more womxn/POC/LGBTQ people starting and running their own businesses! Support each other as much as you can, build each other up, and don’t let white heteronormative nonsense keep you from believing in yourself and your incredible abilities.”
Tiffany: It’s been surprising to me because I’m like this little white, like queer person at this point in my fuckin’ life and it’s incredible to me cuz—you guys know Newport News? We started working with them probably in the summer. We started vending at some of their events and my thing is after highschool—I didn’t have any friends in highschool. I went to a mostly white, suburban high schools and then I went to Orlando, Florida for college for a couple years mostly surrounded by Cys white men working with me. I worked on a cruise ship for a year traveling around the carribean and I worked with an insane amount of different fucking people. It was the best experience ever. I think that showed me—-it was an important realization to me—it was important to me to not just have fucking white people behind everything working together.”
Lezcronymz: “Right because you get to access so many different types of creativity. We carry everything with us. No matter where you came from you carry it with you. Your experiences and what you can bring to the table as far as creativity goes.” I’ve never understood racism in music or homophobia in music. Some of the greatest legends in music were black and/or queer.
“…we’re womxn centered. Anybody who identifies as a womxn knows this is a space where they can come create safely…”
Lezcronymz: What can people expect when they come to Blue Honey Studios?
Tiffany: “First and foremost, we’re womxn centered. Anybody who identifies as a womxn knows this is a space where they can come create safely and I’m a womxn engineer. I’m a queer engineer which is not common—well it’s the access to it as well. I don’t feel it’s necessarily true to say there’s not as many of these people here because these people don’t have as much access to other people so obviously there’s not many of them. But, um, I have the access to these things so I wanted to create this space for people. I have an education from a college; I have a bachelors of science degree. I know my shit. I was taught in million-dollar studios for the first year of my schooling. I have a shit fucking ton of experience in LIVE entertainment and now studio. I’ve been in the entertainment industry about five years. I’ve learned a lot of stuff and I think as an engineer it’s really important to be diverse in your taste of music. I listen to everything! So if someone comes in here like ‘I wanna record a Deathcore album!’ or ‘I wanna sound like Juice World!’ I can do either of those things. I think that’s helped make me a really great engineer. I’m really young; I’m only twenty-three. I have a shit ton of things I have to learn and experience and to further my education—
Lezcronymz: — “but you’re fresh and that has it’s advantage as well!.”
Tiffany: “I’m young, like I know what’s up! I know what the kids are into!”
Lezcronymz: “Speaking of what the kids are into, do you have any artists you’re working with who you want to shout out? Who should we be listening to right now?”
Tiffany: “I work with this awesome group of musicians and artists called Rage Lord Records. I actually just mixed a Deathcore Album for them. I recorded it with them, mixed it and mastered it for them. They released that recently, they’re dope.
I know some really awesome rappers. My partner’s a really great rapper. Kianuraps on Soundcloud! In the past year I helped him record and mix like ten albums—or EP’s. They’re on Soundcloud. That’s really helped my experience mixing rap vocals.
Lezcronymz: What words of encouragement do you have for our followers?
Tiffany: “We need more womxn/POC/LGBTQ people starting and running their own businesses! Support each other as much as you can, build each other up, and don’t let white heteronormative nonsense keep you from believing in yourself and your incredible abilities.”