Abbey Road Studios have announced a new partnership with BBC Music Introducing, which is set to bring the BBC’s up and coming artists, chosen by BBC radio DJs, into Abbey Road’s new studios to work with its engineers on two tracks each.
This is a part of BBC Music Introducing’s long standing goal to support the unsigned and undiscovered, giving them opportunities to appear on BBC radio, television, to perform at festivals and now, to record at the top recording studio in the UK. Abbey Road were awarded the Best Studio Award at the 2018 Pro Sound Awards.
This isn’t the first time the two have joined forces: Last November, Abbey Road joined BBC Introducing at #IntroducingLive, an event that gave thousands of aspiring musicians the chance to speak to experts in the industry. This included three days of demos and workshops covering studio essentials from recording to mastering.
James Stirling, head of BBC Music & BBC Music Introducing, said: “For over a decade, BBC Music Introducing has supported and nurtured emerging UK artists, providing opportunities across BBC services and at UK and international events. We are very proud to team up with Abbey Road Studios to extend this support to one of the world’s iconic recording spaces.”
Throughout 2019, four Introducing acts will be given the opportunity to record, mix and master two tracks at Abbey Road Studios across three days. The tracks will be recorded and mixed in the Gatehouse and Front Room studios and mastered in an Abbey Road mastering suite. The artist’s final tracks will be played out to a national audience on the DJ’s radio show.
Mark Robertson, Abbey Road's head of brand and marketing, commented: “We’re fortunate to see many of the big names who came through BBC Introducing working at Abbey Road, from George Ezra and Florence to Slaves and Nao, so it’s great that our new studios offer an opportunity to welcome some of the new artists rated by BBC Introducing at a much earlier stage of their career.”
Huw Stephens, national presenter for Radio 1, has chosen Chappaqua Wrestling, as the first act to head to Abbey Road. Stephens said: “These sessions at Abbey Road will be very special. I've invited Chappaqua Wrestling down because they're one of the best new bands I've heard recently, they experiment, they have huge melodies, and something interesting going on. I look forward to hearing what everyone records at the studios for BBC Music Introducing.”
Chappaqua Wrestling, comprising of childhood friends Charlie Woods and Jake MacLeod who began writing together at 14, stated: “We are overwhelmed at being able to record in this historic space. There’s not much possible to add to the great CV of this studio already, but we’re ready to give it our best go. Big thanks to BBC Music Introducing and Huw Stephens for selecting us. We can’t wait to get started.”
DJ Target, BBC Radio 1xtra, commented: “Having been on both sides of the fence as an artist and a DJ, I know how important having access to a recording studio is. It really doesn't get any more legendary than Abbey Road Studios, and I'm super excited to hear what our BBC Music Introducing artists create in their time there. Opportunities like this are once in a lifetime and could be life changing for the artists involved.”
Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2 remarked: “To record at the legendary Abbey Road studios is a dream for most musicians and it’s great that Introducing is providing new artists with that experience. I will be selecting a band to have their tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by top engineers with a wealth of experience, and I look forward to hearing what they come back with.”
News sourced from Abbey Road Studios.