North London’s Church Studios is undergoing its first test session today, born again as producer Paul Epworth’s newest recording facility.
In October 2012, approved development plans to convert the studio (then owned by musician David Gray) into flats appeared to have put the final nail in the coffin for the facility, first converted into a studio by the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart in 1984.
A year later producer Paul Epworth bought the historic facility following a proposal by Gray. At the time, Epworth told PSNEurope "David approached me as a last call to see if he could keep the building as a studio rather than let it go to residential. It's a fantastic place and I intend to refurbish the studio to make it a viable commercial business. I hope we can keep it as a recording studio for the next 10-20 years with a bit of luck.”
Redesign of the studio was done by New York’s Walters-Storyk Design Group, with Miloco Builds carrying out the construction. Once open, the studio will be managed and booked by Miloco.
Today, Monday 17 February, engineer Matt Wiggins (pictured) will be putting the main live space and the studios’ 72-channel vintage EMI Neve (the only such console in London) through its paces, in preparation for next week’s first session.
The desk comprises two halves: one once belonging to Abbey Road Studios, the other from the famed Pathé Marconi studios in Paris. Renown studio technician and vintage Neve specialist Blake Devitt assembled the console.
Miloco MD Nick Young says: “We are close to completing phase one of Paul's vision for The Church. It is incredible that he bought the studio and the more we work on the building the more exciting the project has become. The arrival of the vintage EMI Neve was one of those ‘Eureka!’ moments. We are now busy preparing for the first session starting next week with a test session today. Meanwhile the SSL mix room and the writing studio are well under way. The Church is and will be an incredible studio complex.”