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World Class Recording Studio for Croydon

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World Class Recording Studio for Croydon

World Class Recording Studio for Croydon

Cellar Door Promotions Limited By Cellar Door Promotions Limited

Croydon has always been a hotspot for producing world class music talent. It is time that the borough supports current & future talent through a world class music studio, which we will deliver.

Croydon Idea stage

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Since 2006 we - Cellar Door - have worked with an array of musicians such as Basement Jaxx, Wiley, Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Mike Skinner, Skepta and Wide Awake as well as home grown talent including Stormzy. Being from Croydon, we have become disillusioned over the lack of world class facilities to support the music talent in the borough. By speaking to up and coming artists we see there is a desperate need for world class music recording facilities. This is exactly what we will deliver for Croydon. It is our ambition to develop a space that is accessible to all and facilitates a unique environment where artists can develop their music with the support an in-house studio manager. We will also form partnerships with existing facilities such as BRIT School and Croydon College amongst others, to champion Croydon as one of London’s most exciting destinations for music production. It is our ambitions to improve the profile of Croydon & help reinvigorate the creative economy in the borough.

What we'll deliver:

  • Furnish the space with world class recording equipment & employ a team of studio managers to support artist development
  • Create a programme of monthly in-studio performances for unsigned and aspiring musicians
  • Repurpose a disused or a vacant building into a world class music recording studio

Why it's a great idea:

Croydon has a rich music heritage with the BRIT School nurturing talent including Adele, Jessie J and Amy Winehouse amongst others. Through a recent survey we undertook, feedback we had revealed a demand to see activities that would support Croydon’s creative talent. This stemmed from the closure of facilities as part of the austerity measures and the fallout from young people not having services or a platform upon which they could utilise to further their development. Through our experience in showcasing music events, we have seen first hand the benefits a credible music platform brings to promoting not only an artist but also the community around them. The ‘in-store’ live music showcases will act as feeder to larger live music performances within the borough. It will showcase the cream of London’s undiscovered talent and It will help put Croydon back on the map as a known destination for culture, sitting alongside other successful initiatives such as Croydon's Arts Quarter.

Steps to get it done:

  • Finalise educational relationships whilst build of studio space is taking place
  • Form relationships with key music magazine stakeholders so as to ensure the space receives suitable promotion
  • Open studio
  • Commission contractor(s) to work on site
  • Develop space layout with studio engineer(s) to ensure the studio is acoustically fit for purpose.
  • Source equipment from initial wish list
  • Visit proposed location with assigned contractor to develop timeline for build

We have engaged with local partners who are equally as passionate in promoting the cultural opportunities within the borough of Croydon. Conversations include meeting with the likes of Jonny Rose (Croydon Tech City) & Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison (Rise Gallery). Additionally we have met with the Programme Leader for Music & Music Technology at Croydon College so as to understand what key facilities would enhance their current offering. This has enabled us to produce a clear timeline for the development of the recording studio. Namely developing a space that includes: - (i) a suitable working environment with excellent acoustics & appropriate sound insulation - formulate a budget for the renovation works & equipment purchase (computer, audio interface, desk, monitors, instruments etc) - engaging with respected sound engineers who will form the backbone of a successful music studio.

Location Croydon

About the space

Central Croydon. Croydon is currently in a state of urban regeneration, with a great amount of inward investment currently flowing into the borough. In 2016 it was named the UKs fastest growing economy.


London Borough of Croydon

How will the money be spent?Total £248,408

SOUND ENGINEERS X2 - £50,000 (20%)
BUILD CONTRACTOR - £30,000 (12%)
SSL AWS916 (commercial recording console) - £30,000 (12%)
RENT - £25,000 (10%)
FURNISHINGS - £20,000 (8%)
A/C & VENTILLATION - £18,000 (7%)
Electrical works - £15,000 (6%)
Yamaha C3 (piano) - £8,490 (3%)
FOCUSRITE RedNet 2 - £4,000 (2%)
Other - £41,918 (17%)

Costs Breakdown

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SSL AWS916 (commercial recording console)
Electrical works
Yamaha C3 (piano)
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • FOCAL SM9 (monitor)
  • Microphones x15
  • AMS Neve 1073 DPX
  • API 3124 (outboard)
  • APOLLO 16 (audio interface)
  • VAT
  • iMac 5K Retina 27-inch Core i5 3.5GHz
  • APPLE MAC PRO (5,1) 3.33Ghz 12 Core 32GB RAM / 2TB HDD / ATI 5770
  • UA 1176 LN (outboard)
  • ADAM A77X (monitor)
  • fClef stereo buss compressor
  • AVID Pro Tools
  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • Logic Audio

Total £248,408

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