The Saltmine in Mesa: Where DMX, Bone Thugs, and More Find Their Groove

Settled right of Main Street in the heart of Mesa, you would have no idea just by looking that Saltmine Studios is the recording home of legendary artists, producers, and hit tracks. The first time I set foot on the grounds (at least, according to my iPhone map), I wandered around the entire steel compound through alleyways, trying just to find an entryway before calling my friend who works as an engineer on-site. I'm guessing I was a good laugh for whoever was watching the ever-present security cameras stationed discreetly inside and out.

Some of the music industry's biggest heavyweights have recorded at The Saltmine over the years, including Bone Thugs N Harmony, the Jonas Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Soulfly, Lil Wayne, and Megadeth. Recently, DMX has been on-site more often than not, bringing with him a huge posse and appetite to record his new record. He recorded a music video at the studios a couple months back, and around the studio is known for his infectious energy, the awesome rhymes he's been coming up with, and a hatred for male flip-flops (don't ask).

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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