While reggae/dub project Stick Figure is a four-man band that brings frontman Scott Woodruff’s songs to life onstage, the process of composing, arranging, and recording is a solitary affair; in the studio, it’s mainly about Woodruff, his creative ideas, his gear, and his adorable canine second engineer, Cocoa.
Stick Figure’s new album is Set in Stone, half of which Woodruff made in his rustic new studio in the beautiful Santa Cruz, Calif., mountains. Woodruff was attracted to his four-bedroom home in Santa Cruz because the property feels remote and next-to-nature, but is minutes away from town and the beach. The artist helped lay the foundation for the studio about 50 yards from the main house, and then went on tour while a couple of music-loving contractors continued the work. When Woodruff returned, he couldn’t wait to start making new music.