2017 sees the world famous Liverpool Parr Street Studios celebrate 25 years in the business, and what a 25 years they have had. A Grammy-award winning recording studio complex based in Liverpool city centre, the building dates back to the 1930s and became a recording studio in 1991 after the then Amazon Studios relocated from Kirkby. The building, a former factory, holds one of the biggest recording studios in the UK outside of London, as well as two bars, a 4* hotel and office spaces. The recording studios are situated around a central kitchen where bands share ideas and experiences.
Liverpool has a great musical heritage and history with Parr Street Studios being a big part of that. Likewise the city has played an important role in Parr Street’s longevity. Chris Taylor, Parr Street Studio’s Manager explains, “Liverpool is a cultural melting pot, there’s so many artists and musicians here who’ve played a big part in keeping the studios running.”
“We currently run 3 studios here, in which we cater for a wide variety of clients”, says Chris. Some of those clients who’ve recorded tracks at the studios range from diverse artists and bands such as Cast, Coldplay, Doves, Barry Manilow, Napalm Death, Russell Watson, Take That, Elbow, The Verve, Echo and the Bunnymen, Pulp, Space, and Paolo Nutini to name but a few. Chris has some particular highlights; “Coldplay’s first 3 records, Rhianna, Drake, The Justice Collective (which was Christmas number 1!), Justin Bieber, Elbow, Blossoms number one debut album this year too, Stereophonics… the list goes on!”
Indeed the list does go on, and Chris singles out a few bands that have worked in the studios, “working with Hooton Tennis Club, on the new Coral album - Distance Inbetween, The Wedding Present recording with Andrew Scheps are just a few of our favourites.”
Perhaps the most well-known album recorded at the studio is Coldplay’s Parachutes. The band worked in three studio rooms at Parr Street, and tracked much of the album in one of these rooms —the project studio which producer Ken Nelson described as "basically a demo room". The Justice Collective track Chris mentions was arranged by Peter Hooton of The Farm and involved musicians and celebrities alike singing on the track to raise money for charities associated with the Hillsborough Disaster.
Chris would love to see the studios open for another 25 years. “We hope so,” he says, “We can tell you that the next year (at least) will consist of us celebrating turning 25 by documenting a series of videos and a celebration coming soon! Keep your eyes peeled!” The videos will consist of 25 short documentary films about various artists/bands that have used the studios over the years showing the diversity of what the studios offer, be that for local, national or international musicians, or actors doing film and TV work. The studios are set up for various different types of work offering the likes of band recording, singer/songwriter tracks, online mixing, online mastering and ADR & voiceover work, and are at near full occupancy every month.
Busy times ahead then for Parr Street Studios. Everyone at Studiocare would like to congratulate the team on celebrating 25 years in business, and look forward to hearing some more great music being produced on the premises.
For more information, to book in recording time, or to see an interactive virtual tour of the studios, head over to Parr Street Studios website at http://www.parrstreetstudios.com