Hen House Studio

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Hen House Studios, a recording studio, an independent record label and documentary film/video production company located in Venice Beach, California, was founded in 2001 by music producer Harlan Steinberger and long-time friend and video producer/editor Tucker Stilley, and designed to produce an outlet for music, spoken word, and other forms of creative genre.[1]


The original studio was converted from an old hen house (hence its name), and first opened in 2001. During the first five years of the studio's existence, Hen House recorded and Harlan produced 189 bands. The studio has since relocated to the heart of Venice, CA, a larger spacious studio designed by Vincent Van Hoff. Today, Hen House Studios continues developing musicians, making music and videos and its ever-evolving music label.

Labeled artists[edit]


Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek has composed for Hen House label improvisational music collaborating with the Spoken Words of poet Michael C. Ford[2] Drummer John Densmore, also formally a member of the Doors, also did collaborative work under the Hen House label.[3] Native American singer and actor Floyd Red Crow Westerman's A Tribute to Johnny Cash (2006) was also produced under this label, along with and Maria Vidal's Living in Radical Radiance (2009).

Hen House Studios Look Each Other in The Ears. Album includes The Doors--Robbie Krieger, John Densmore, and Ray Manzarek. 2014 [4] Most recent collaborations include Particle Kid aka Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Insects vs Robots, Derek Taylor, Milo Gonzales, Rocksteady 7, Steven Rushingwind, Sunny War, Jessie Boykins, Tess Henley, Bonobo, Bum Cello, Tommy Jordan, Lavender Diamond, Reza Derakshani, Juanito Pascual and Kieth Secola.

Spoken word artists[edit]

The studio has worked with artists like Michael C. Ford, Robert Peters

Home media[edit]

The studio has produced almost two hundred videos consisting of genres like pop, punk, funk/soul, reggae/ska, spoken word/poetry, rap, documentary film, country, and folk/blues


Coordinates: 33°59′N 118°28′W / 33.99°N 118.46°W / 33.99; -118.46