BRxTN Studios opens in London

A new recording studio has opened in South London’s Brixton Village with a refurbished Solid State Logic AWS 948 Delta mixing console and PMC monitoring at its heart. Targetting both the commercial and local creative communities through competitions, and new musical platforms, BRxTN Studios will showcase local and mainstream artists and serve as a sanctuary where they can discover their abilities.

A wealth of vintage and upcycled furniture was sourced for the lounge space and studios, as well as some fully refurbished equipment – including the mixing console. After working in various studios across London over the past ten years, McWilliams wanted to address what he saw as the shortcomings of other studio spaces.

AWS 948 Delta mixing consoleTaylor McWilliams, MD at Hondo Enterprises who curated the original vision for the studios, saw the opportunity for an unused space by building the studio in this prime location. The studios – four rooms and a lounge space: the main room, live room and two programming rooms – spans 2,382sqft. and resides in Market Row among restaurants offering global cuisines and independent traders.

‘Most of the studios I’ve worked at in the past are located in basements or on industrial estates with few nearby amenities, little to no natural light and are difficult to access with public transport,’ he says. ‘Brixton seemed like a no-brainer for a music studio owing to the musical history of the area. The location on the first floor of Brixton Village means that all of the studios enjoy natural light with access to over 40 restaurants downstairs. What’s more, the studio is a minute’s walk from the Victoria line which means it’s accessible 24-hours a day.’

BRxTN Studios opens in LondonThe SSL 948 console complements the aesthetic of the space – its modern take on classic design, LED meters and eye-catching orange vu meter make it the staple centrepiece of the impressive studio.

Equipped with 24 SSL SuperAnalogue mic preamps and a stereo/dual mono channel strip that offers up to 48 summing channels, the versatility of the desk offer a number of advantages to the space from a commercial standpoint, while its analogue functionality will enhance the workflows of those sitting behind its controls.

‘Whenever drum recording will be needed, the analogue functionality will come in very handy,’ says Matt Lane of Miloco Studios, who installed the console. ‘Having the option to switch channels to and from stereo mode has been incredibly useful, and has easily streamlined things like playback and monitoring while recording.’

‘Miloco are very excited to add BRxTN Studios to our roster of international studios – it’s such a unique location with such a diverse community,’ adds Miloco Operations Manager, Pete Hofmann. ‘Whatever time of day or night, there is a huge choice of bars and restaurants in the vicinity, and the energy in the village makes it an inspiring place to make music. The studios themselves are kitted out to the highest specification based around the SSL console, and the PMC monitoring sounds incredible.’

AAWS 948 Delta and monitoring at BRxTN (Pic: Tom Beard)side from the SSL 948 console, the sustainability element of the studio was a major consideration for the team when it came to settling on design options. To carry this sustainable theme throughout the entire space, the team refrained from using any plastics in the kitchen or lounge spaces and installed a water filter in the kitchen to avoid any need for single use plastics. The studio even utilises a food delivery platform called TableSnappr, which allows studio users to order from restaurants in the market below, and which is also completely plastic free.

The studio has contemporary artwork adorning its walls, which have been placed accordingly throughout the studio to inspire the dialogue of the space and contribute to the overall narrative, serving as a critical component of this innovative, yet culturally relevant musical playground.

Additionally, steps have been taken to establish and maintain a strong relationship with the local community: ‘We’ve been cross-pollinating with the fellow entities within the village, from using drink and food vendors for our events to working with Re:Sole and Impact Brixton,’ says Karl Lokko, Brixton resident and Head of Creative at BRxTN Studios. ‘We are constantly making sure everyone is aware of our current activations.’

It has already been a busy time for the studio; since opening it has booked a number of mainstream artists through Miloco, and has been working alongside StepNow, a youth initiative which gives young people the opportunity to gain skills within music.

‘We are also collaborating with MR.IAMNEXT to present our new platform Sky Cyphers, which will showcase both established and up-and-coming drill, grime and rap artists,’ Lokko says. ‘We start shooting this month, so it’s exciting times.’

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