Nexus Audio Recording Studio

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Nexus Audio Recording Studio
GenreVarious (funk, rap, reggae, rock, etc.)
PredecessorMicrodot Studio
FoundedEast Oakland, California (October 1, 2005 (2005-10-01))
FounderChris Paxton
Area served
San Francisco Bay Area
Key people
Don Reynolds, Chris Paxton, Ant Petty
ServicesMusic production, recording studio, mastering

Nexus Audio Recording Studio is a recording studio located in East Oakland, California.[1] It was established in October 2004 by Chris Paxton, who presently owns, manages, and is the head engineer. The seven-room facility offers tracking, mixing and mastering for all audio projects, including musical genres as diverse as reggae and rock. Nexus is frequently used by artists in the San Francisco Bay Area urban music scene, and recording acts have included Kreayshawn,[2] Mistah F.A.B, Spice 1, Turf Talk, Clyde Carson and Shock G.[1]



1833 Solano Way, Oakland, CA, was built in the early 1920s, and became a recording studio in the early 1970s. Its central location to the Bay Area made it a destination for local and national acts such as Carlos Santana and Primus, who both used it for recording and rehearsals.[citation needed]

From 1996 to 2000, the studio was called Microdot Recording Studio under the ownership of engineer Jerry Smith. The floorplan and decor of the facility has stayed relatively unchanged, and includes a 20'x24'live room and 5'x5'isolated vocal booth. In June 2005, an additional three rooms serving as a control room, machine room, and ISO booth were added to the facility.[citation needed]

Nexus Audio[edit]

Drummer and engineer Chris Paxton (Kung Fu Vampire)[3] purchased Microdot Studio in October 2005. A year later Nexus opened as a public recording studio, and the first album from the new facility was released in March 2007, titled The Connection.[citation needed]

The Live Room was given a new hardwood floor in July 2008, and in April 2009 there was a digital audio workstation upgrade to Pro Tools HD2. Nexus acquired adjacent rehearsal space for non-recording purposes in October 2010. One month later acoustic improvements were added to the main live room and control room.[citation needed] In September 2011 the rehearsal space began conversion into a mixing suite,[citation needed] and there were seven rooms total.[1]

The Nexus track "Hands Up" by Erk tha Jerk started receiving regular radio rotation on 106.1 KMEL in April 2011.[citation needed] Later that summer, Kreayshawn's track "Gucci, Gucci" received over 5,000,000 views on YouTube, and the artist signed with Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment.[2] Kung Fu Vampire recorded Love Bites at Nexus in July 2012, making the session into a short documentary.[4]

Key staff[edit]

  • Chris Paxton: Owner/Head Engineer - graduate of Ex'pression College for Digital Arts with BAS in Sound Arts/Audio Engineering, Paxton has 14 years as a formally trained drummer.[5] As of 2013 he is playing with Kung Fu Vampire, Conscious Souls, Whogas, Nexus and Rap is a Joke. He is endorsed by Amedia Cymbals, Axis Percussion and May International.[6]
  • Don Reynolds: Engineer - a graduate of Ex'pression College for Digital Arts with BAS in Sound Arts/Audio Engineering[1]
  • Anthony "Ant" Petty: Engineer - graduate of Ex’pression College for Digital Arts with BAS in Sound Arts.[1]


The following is a list of past and/or present clients at Nexus:


Releases recorded at Nexus
Year Title Artist Label
2006 Give Thanks 4 Life Bobby Tenna Wildfyre Inc
2008 Da Mix Tape Rap is a Joke EastBaySick Productions
2008 Virtual Reality Eastbaysick EastBaySick Productions
2009 Whogas Whogas Dreadhawk Music
2010 Twothousandandten Various QCI Records[7]
2010 Reality Check AP.9 Mob Shop Records
2011 Nerd's Eye View[8] Erk tha Jerk SMC Records[9]
2011 Avante Garde Above The Mainstream --
2011 I'm Looking for Someone New Toby Pailboy Productions
2011 Relentless AP.9 Mob Shop Ent[10]
2012 Hunter Poetry WolfHawkJaguar Clear Label Records
2012 Somethin' 'Bout Kreay Kreayshawn Sony/Columbia Records[9]
2012 Love Bites Kung Fu Vampire Mad Insanity Records[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "About Us". Nexus Audio. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  2. ^ a b Swan, Rachel (June 29, 2011). "The Kreayshawn Myth". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  3. ^ Paxton, Chris (August 8, 2010). "Kung Fu Vampire - Dead for Life Tour". Stubble Music Zine. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  4. ^ a b "Video: peek inside Nexus Audio in Oakland, CA where Kung Fu Vampire is recording his new "Love Bites" album". Mad Insanity Records. July 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  5. ^ "Nexus Audio". Studio Auditions. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  6. ^ "Chris Paxton: The Engineer". ChizDrums. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  7. ^ "Various Artists - Twothousandten". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  8. ^ "Nerd's Eye View - Erk tha Jerk". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  9. ^ a b "Chris Paxton". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  10. ^ "Relentless: AP.9". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-11.

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Coordinates: 37°47′11″N 122°14′31″W / 37.786332°N 122.242020°W / 37.786332; -122.242020