The mayor of London has recently announced that he will be pushing to turn round the growing number of music venues that are closing across London, spurred on a 35% drop in grass roots music venues since 2007.
Mill Hill Music Complex has been running since 1979, in various guises. We started in one room in a derelict caretakers cottage, progressed to what is now studio 2, opened the recording studio (studio 1) in 1990, studios 3-10 between 1994 and 2001. We then had a little break until April 2012, when we opened our new studio complex, in the big blue building, with studios 14-19 in. You may wonder what happened to studios 11-13? Well studios 11 & 12 were temporary studios in the caretakers cottage between 2004- 2008 when it was demolished and studio 13 is the hire store! This originally was going to be another drum room, but we needed an easy to access PA store, so we used it for that instead! Continue Reading
Last week, two bodies that represent major record labels, Music Canada and the IFPI, teamed up to publish a landmark study, The Mastering of a Music City. The report’s goal was to qualify and quantify the term “music city”: what it means, how to create one and if it’s worthwhile.
After surveying 22 cities, the study concluded that music, when incorporated into municipal policy, improves public spaces, licensing and noise issues and most importantly, quality of life. To achieve that, it said, a city needs to consider seven specific factors. Here’s the list:
Britains Got Talent! Yep, real talent. Creative industries in the UK add over £8 million per hour to the UK economy. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, David Bowie, Mark Bolan, Hank B. Marvin & The Shadows, Pink Floyd, The Specials, Madness, Amy Winehouse… I could go on.