Trevor Horn’s London studio complex is changing its operational procedures and making plans for a major redevelopment programme in 2012 that will include the creation of two new studios, writes David Davies.
In a major ‘remix’ of the studios’ current operational procedures, the Basing Street facility will, from the end of June, revert to accepting long-term bookings only – a policy originally introduced in the 1970s, when Bob Marley was based out of Sarm.
The duration of bookings, a Sarm spokesperson tells PSNE, “would vary on a client-by-client basis, but would generally be months rather than days.”
In tandem with these changes, the studios are to exchange in-house personnel for a pool of freelance engineers and producers. There will be some redundancies, but the management team is working to keep these to “a minimum. Each member of staff will go through a consultation period during which alternative roles in associated businesses will be considered.”
Next year will see a further raft of modifications at Sarm, which has lately paid host to clients including Olivia Safe and Yes, whose new, Horn-produced album, Fly From Here, is due for release in July. An extensive redevelopment programme will yield two new recording studios alongside offices for ZTT and Stiff Records – which, like Sarm, are part of Horn’s SPZ Group – and other music businesses. There will also be a set of luxury townhouses and a ‘small selection’ of flats; more details on the residential development will be announced later this year.
“It’s going to be a great deal of work to remix and redevelop Sarm Studios,” says Horn, “but we are certain this is the right way to future-proof both the studios and the other services we offer the industry.”
While it’s all change at Sarm in the UK, no alterations are planned for Californian sister studio Sarm West Coast.