The Square – located in Hoxton Square, London – began life in 1984 as Milo Music. Up until the year 2000, it was also home to Miloco’s HQ.
Last month, the studio group announced its first-ever recording studio is closing its doors.
“We are still running to the end of March, maybe a bit longer if the landlord shows any leniency…” says Miloco MD Nick Young. He adds that Miloco “ has an idea of where it will go but cannot say at the moment… Keeping options open.”
What is certain is that it will not be in Hoxton.
The studio is currently centred around a 52-channel SSL G Series console, with monitoring via Yamaha NS10's, Genelec 1031As and Augspurger Duo 8 monitors. Whether the console ends up in the new studio “depends where we relocate to. The option we are looking at at the moment would involve selling the console and purchasing a brand new smaller console that will be more suited to the new location,” says Young.
Posting a public message on the Miloco website, Young continues: “It’s very sad for us and maybe for some of the clients that worked there, especially as there was no reason for us to want to close it. It will be sadly missed and we will remember the place with fond memories. For me this was the place where I learned to assist, engineer (badly) and run studios well. Without this one studio there would have been no Miloco. Somehow I think it will be hard for the new owners to have as many fun times as we had there, or match the amount of creativity that came out of that building. But it’s great the studio is going out on a high, and we want to thank some of the recent clients who have been keeping it busy – M.I.A., Skepta, The Hunnas, The xx and many many more… to all the past and recent clients, we thank you.”
Since posting the news on the company’s Facebook page, comments have poured in from many producers who worked on projects at The Square, including Pete Hofmann (Kylie Minogue, Will Young, Hot Chip), Mike Spencer (Newton Faulkner, Emily Sandé), and Colin Emmanuel aka C-Swing (The Beta Band, Mary J. Blige).
“I worked out who I was and how to make records in that room,” wrote Spencer. “An important part of London's studio scene history. Sad to see it go, but really pleased that it's continued to be a studio until 2016.”