This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 14/10/2018.
Take a look inside the new music studios in Croydon which are open 24 hours a day
The music studios feature 12 rehearsal rooms, 4 DJ studios and 4 production suites.
New music studios which are open 24 hours a day have opened in Croydon – and it is hoped they will “build a music community in the town again”.
Pirate Studios opened its newest location in units on Whitestone Way, Off Purley Way on Tuesday (October 9).
The studios feature 12 rehearsal rooms, 4 DJ studios and 4 production suites, and operate on a self-service basis, enabling bands, rappers, producers and DJs to book studios 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Croydon DJ and producer Plastician, real name Chris Reed, believes the recording space is just what Croydon needs.
“Pirate Studios Croydon is the spark we’ve been waiting for to help build a music community in the town again,” he said.
“Since the closure of many of our venues and independent record stores, this is a really exciting development; bringing affordable, high-quality spaces for bands, DJs and recording artists somewhere to work on their craft around-the-clock.”
Pirate Studios was founded by a team of musicians in 2015, and now operates over 280 studios across 18 UK locations, along with international sites in New York and Berlin
The Croydon location boasts 12 rehearsal studios for bands and solo artists equipped with drums, live audio mixers, mics and PA.
DJs and producers are catered for with four DJ studios fitted with club-standard Pioneer CDJs, mixer and sound systems.
Producers have access to four specialist music production studios kitted out with high-tech gadgets such as KRK, Yamaha and SE Electronics.
Each studio has been custom-built by an in-house workshop team in Bristol, and specifically installed to ensure the rooms are “acoustically tuned and sound-treated to the highest standards”.
The studios are available for hire 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with code locks to unlock the rooms, meaning they are self-service.
Musicians are also being treated to an industry first, by way of cloud-based recording feature OpenLIVE, which automatically records, mixes and masters sessions.
Mr Reed says a number of well-known artists have already expressed interests in using the space, and the company are offering a number of discounts for a limited time only to attract further interest.
“Croydon has got such a vast group of musicians,” he said.
“It really has grown in recent years and been noted quite highly for the talent that has been coming through the electronic music and urban scene.
“[From] the success we had at the MOBO awards, it just made sense to come to Croydon.”
Mr Reed, 35, grew up in Thornton Heath and knows many musicians in the borough who will benefit from the music studios opening.
“I grew up here myself as well and I started working at the company nine months ago now,” he said.
“They had already been doing this [offering studio space] in other areas and I was really excited when they announced they were coming to Croydon.
“I know so many people personally who have said they will benefit from this. Any musician who lives and works in Croydon will know there is not a lot of space to come and record but this changes that.”