Open Houses: Where Baltimore artists live and work [Pictures]
Baltimore artists and musicians open their doors and let us in for a peek at where they create, live and play.
-- Wesley Case
-- Wesley Case
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James Nasty( Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun / January 12, 2014 )
James Gross, better known as the Baltimore Club producer and DJ James Nasty, recently moved in with his girlfriend in Mount Vernon, but the space still doesn't feel truly his. He wants more of a say on the decor, but isn't gaining much leverage.
"She just always wants our apartment to be this catalog-perfect thing," Gross said.
It's a battle that's easier to fight since Gross has rented a single room in an Ednor Gardens-Lakeside home that serves as a recording studio and "man cave" since August.
Since the summer, Gross has been working on a "good collection of demo records" to send to labels interested in Baltimore Club music. He says this time between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day "is a really good time to be in a creative mode" because there are fewer events around the city to DJ.
Gross, a University of Maryland Baltimore County graduate who now does music full time, says he comes to this space two to four times per week, often in the mornings. Sometimes, he is completely in work mode, and other times the room acts as an escape from the outside world. Once in awhile, Gross simply needs a break from playing the same requested Top 40 songs at the parties he DJs.
"There's a certain amount of music that I know I'm playing for other people there that I might not necessarily love to play," he said. "So when I come here, as a hobby, I get to play a bunch of dancehall reggae records or whatever else I'm into for the day."