A new home for London’s Alchemy Mastering officially opened its door at the end of last week. Clients, associates and friends were invited to the renowned studio’s new mews HQ in Brook Green, near Hammersmith in west London, to view the facilities and meet the team.
Alchemy Mastering first opened its doors 17 years ago in London’s Fitzrovia, with Barry Grint (Abbey Road) and Rowan Laxton (West End Music) at the helm. In 2003, Alchemy made a dramatic expansion to a stunning location atop the Centre Point tower in central London. It wasn’t to last: five years later, a dispute with the incumbent landlord led to a sudden closure of the studio and a period of regrouping by the directors.
Grint recalls a difficult time: “The closure was terribly sad, as the company was very well respected and profitable. For a period afterwards we managed to find some temporary space, before settling in Smithfield East London. Despite having brand new studios, it soon became clear that the location would not work for our mastering clients.
“It was a difficult decision to separate into two companies, but it made commercial sense,” he continues. “Fellow director Phil Kinrade – who joined the company in 2000 from Chop ‘Em Out – Rowan and I were known for the Alchemy name so, the voice-over element has become Alchemy Post still in Smithfield and our new company remains Alchemy Mastering.”
Former Alchemy and Air Studios mastering engineer Matt Colton has re-joined Grint and Kinrade as a director and equal partner. Colton says: “The move to Brook Green came at a point where I felt I wanted to move on from being an employee and working with Phil and Barry was an excellent way to pursue that. Together, we have created a fantastic boutique facility in a wonderful Mews property on the doorstep of the Major Record Labels”. Recent projects include James Blake’s Overgrown (Colton) and Gabrielle Aplin’s English Rain (Grint).