Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Rehearsal platform Pirate Studios expands to ‘support the future of UK music’ | Music Business Worldwide

An innovative circuit of rehearsal rooms for up-and-coming artists has expanded across eight major cities in the UK – taking its total operation to more than 90 studios.

Pirate Studios offers artists a taste of professional quality rehearsal rooms from £4-an-hour, with locations in Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool, Sheffield, London and Nottingham.

The business was initially established in 2015 with a single studio in an abandoned police station in Bristol.

Since then, founder David Borrie has swiftly expanded the reach of the network to support young, undiscovered artists unable to meet the rising costs of today’s music scene – launching 24-hour, self-service spaces across Britain.

In addition to offering bands and DJs an affordable rehearsal space, Pirate Studios also encourages them to attract their peers via a band referral incentive scheme – which hands musicians £10 of studio credit every time they successfully attract others to record.

“Like pirate radio before us, we are supporting the undiscovered musicians who will form the future of UK music.”

David Borrie, Pirate Studios

“It has never been harder for musicians to make a living from their music, so our aim is simple: to make their lives easier,” said David Borrie.

“Like pirate radio before us, we are supporting the undiscovered musicians who will form the future of UK music.”

Pirate Studios recently inked a partnership with renowned (and Noel Gallagher and Kasabian-endorsed) UK rock’n’roll club night, This Feeling.

As a result, eight invite-only gigs have been presented across London, Liverpool, Sheffield and Nottingham, featuring established acts alongside emerging talent – all played within Pirate Studios’ intimate spaces.

“Pirate Studios isn’t just first rate 24/7 spaces to rehearse – this is next level stuff.”

Mikey Jonns, This Feeling

They continue this Thursday (March 30) with a show by The Libertines’ Carl Barât with support from BlackWaters, and finish on Saturday (April 1) in Sheffield with The Blinders and Bang Bang Romeo.

“Pirate Studios isn’t just first rate 24/7 spaces to rehearse, this is next level stuff,” said This Feeling founder Mikey Jonns.

“They’re providing bands with a platform, community, opportunity. They’re investing in Britain’s next generation of bands / acts and it’s exciting and an absolute pleasure to be partnering up with these guys.”

Pirate Studios recently introduced OpenLIVE technology into its studios, offering instantly mixed and mastered recordings of rehearsals to users.

This tech will soon expand to also offering live broadcasting direct from the studios, which artists can then marry with their followings on Facebook Live and other platforms.Music Business Worldwide


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