June 11

Breaking News! Highbury Studio

HISTORIC UK RECORDING STUDIO LAUNCHES ALBUM CAMPAIGN TO HELP SECURE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

– BIRMINGHAM ARTISTS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR LIMITED EDITION ANALOGUE-ONLY ALBUM
– UNIQUE OFFERS INCLUDE AN EXCLUSIVE PLAY OF DURAN DURAN DEMO TAPES AND EARLY STEPHEN DUFFY RECORDINGS
– CAMPAIGN CELEBRATES 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF STUDIO OPENING

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An historic analogue recording studio where Duran Duran, Stephen Duffy and Ocean Colour Scene created much of their early work today launches a 60-day Pledge campaign, backed by a host of Birmingham musical talent.

Recognised as an important and treasured piece of Birmingham’s music heritage, Highbury Studio in Kings Heath has seen many of the city’s musical greats pass through its soundproofed doors since opening for business in 1980.

The Pledge campaign offers music fans the chance to help secure the studio for the city’s next generation of musicians by pledging to buy a copy of a limited edition vinyl album featuring exclusive new songs by Birmingham artists, captured at the studio by recording on to 1″ tape with no digital interface.

The 2-disc Four Sides Of Highbury release, which will also be made available as a digital download, will include contributions by artists including Alternative Dubstep Orchestra, Big Tent and the Gypsy Lantern, Boat To Row, Goodnight Lenin, Hannah Molloy, Little Comets, Misty’s Big Adventure, Namiwa Jazz, Rhino and the Ranters, Roland Gift, The Bonfire Radicals and The Old Dance School.

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Supporters can also invest in a variety of exclusive experiences including rehearsal or recording time, mentoring with industry experts and bespoke musical private parties celebrating the history of the building.

One such option offers Pledgers the unique opportunity to listen to the original demo tapes of Duran Duran’s 1982 smash hits The Chauffeur and Save A Prayer along with Stephen Duffy’s bestselling 1985 single Kiss Me in the very place they were recorded.

Bands and artists including Ocean Colour Scene, Broadcast, Ruby Turner, Jo Hamilton and James Summerfield are among a long list of Birmingham groups, musicians and singer-songwriters who have recorded and rehearsed in the unique space.

The studio, on the site of a former cricket bat factory, was originally established in 1980 by drummer and producer Bob Lamb and is now managed by experienced music industry figure John Mostyn.

“Looking forward to the next 35 years, we want to improve the sustainability of this old studio, so that it can be a place where the next generation of great writers, singers and musicians find inspiration to record and rehearse. By pledging to buy a copy, supporters will be investing in Birmingham’s musical past whilst helping to secure a part of its future.” – John Mostyn, Highbury Studio

For more information on the Highbury Studio Pledge campaign, visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/four-sides

 

Pledge options

 

Rehearsal and recording sessions
Three hour rehearsal session in the studio. We have all the backline you need, just bring your instruments and voices. A great taster of what it’s like to rehearse here. Or a gift for your neighbour who’s just brought a trumpet? We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session £49

One hour in the studio to record a song to backing track. A great gift or a treat for yourself. We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session and tell us your choice of track and we’ll do the rest. Sing pretty much anything you like, Stephen Duffy’s ‘Kiss Me’ in the very place it was first recorded maybe? £45

A three hour recording party for friends who fancy singing together to backing track. Record up to 4 songs, each with as many vocalists as you’d like. A great gift or a treat for yourself. We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session and tell us your choice of tracks, we’ll do the rest. £120

Come and record in this famous studio. A half day (4 hour) recording session, ideal for acoustic artists. A great gift or a treat for yourself. We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session and we’ll look forward to welcoming you. Perfect for singer/songwriters, duos, trios without a drummer. £130

Come and record a band in a full day’s recording session (8 hours). Allow 6 hours for recording and then mix on the day or come back for a couple of hours to mix after your ears have had a rest. Great for a first studio experience for a young or old band. We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session and we’ll look forward to welcoming you. £260

Mentoring session
John Mostyn has helped more artists to international success than anyone else in the Midlands. There’s a good chance he’ll know something that could be useful to you or someone you know. Suitable for artists, managers and most people looking to start or move on their career in the fast changing music industry of today. We’ll send a laminated voucher for the time to your address. Just call us when you’d like to book the session and we’ll look forward to welcoming you.
£60

Duran Duran exclusive
We’re thrilled that Duran Duran have given us permission to play the demos they recorded here before they signed to EMI all that time ago. The tapes have never and will never leave this studio so this is the one chance to hear them in the very place that they were recorded. A two hour session with refreshments for up to 6 people.
£300

Serious party people #1
A live band Karaoke evening for up to 16 guests recording up to 12 songs with some of Birmingham’s top session musicians – Drums, Bass, Guitar and Keyboards. We send a voucher to your address and you call us when you have your guests organised and tell us the 12 songs that you’d like to record. The band will have them rehearsed and ready when you come. Singers will have a chance to go through their song once as a rehearsal in private whilst everyone else is mingling in the lounge then we’ll all go down to the studio where everyone can share the thrill of recording with a live band in an intimate cabaret situation. Everyone is welcome to film/photograph etc. 2 days later we’ll send you 16 CD’s of the evening’s recording to share amongst your guests (we need a little time to mix them) Refreshments included, just bring your guests and their voices.
£1950

Serious party people #2
A live band Karaoke evening for up to 16 guests recording up to 12 songs with some of Birmingham’s top session musicians – Drums, Bass, Guitar and Keyboards. We send a voucher to your address and you call us when you have your guests organised and tell us the 12 songs that you’d like to record. The band will have them rehearsed and ready when you come. Singers will have a chance to go through their song once as a rehearsal in private whilst everyone else is mingling in the lounge then we’ll all go down to the studio where everyone can share the thrill of recording with a live band in an intimate cabaret situation. We’ll video the whole evening for you professionally. 2 days later we’ll send you 16 CD’s and 16DVD’s of the evening to share amongst your guests (we need a little time to mix them) Refreshments included, just bring your guests and their voices.
£2600

Dinner at Highbury Studio
We do some fine cooking for our guests here, the current favourite being a fondue with prawns and chicken cooked in 48 hour organic bone broth. Starting with champagne and blinis and finishing with some great local cheese. Wine included. Talk about anything you like but we guess some people might want John’s best tales from 40 years in the music industry. Take as long as you wish in the evening to eat and lounge in our unique ‘penthouse’ above the studio. On pledging We’ll send a laminated voucher for dinner to your address. Just call us to book when you are ready and we’ll look forward to welcoming you. Perfect for 4 diners.
£280

Duran Duran exclusive demo listening session and dinner
Come and hear the Duran Duran demos then come and join us for dinner, On pledging We’ll send a laminated voucher for dinner to your address. Just call us to book when you are ready and we’ll look forward to welcoming you. Perfect for four.
£450

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