Fruit Trade Music, new recording studio, to open in Hull's Humber Street
A NEW recording studio for musicians is set to open in Hull's old Fruit Market.
The venture in Humber Street is the brainchild of father-and-son duo Malcolm and Mikey Scott.
The former is probably better known as one of Hull's leading commercial property experts while the latter has built up a reputation as a music producer, working out of a converted garage at the family home for the past four years.
Now, they have joined forces to launch Fruit Trade Music in a former wholesale fruit warehouse.
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It is the latest art-based business to set up in Humber Street, operating with a three-year lease on the building.
Malcolm said: "The idea is to create a unique place where young musicians can come to record and practice while at the same time people visiting the area can watch what is going on.
"The design of the studio will allow people to see into the mixing desk area and then through into the actual recording studio."
He has invested a six-figure sum into the project after stepping down from his full-time work with his property company to operate as a consultant."
"We looked at another place in Humber Street before settling for this one," he said.
"It fits the bill because it basically provides a big space for a studio to be slotted in.
"Hopefully, it will add to what is already down here and create a bit more of an atmosphere during the day.
"We are also looking to encourage a programme of music tuition workshops upstairs to really make the place come alive.
"Events like the Humber Street Sesh festival last summer really showed the potential the Hull music scene has to be a dynamic cultural industry in its own right and that is what we want to be a part of with the studio."
As well as providing a venue to record, rehearse and learn music, the studio also has a small performance area at the front for live shows.
Having been used as a makeshift live venue during both the Sesh event and the subsequent Freedom Festival, the building already has more recent musical heritage.
With his commercial property background, Mr Scott admits he is not enthusiastic about Hull City Council's recent move to start the process of appointing a lead developer to transform the old Fruit Market area with a mix of new-build and refurbishment schemes.
The council's brief includes an international arts centre.
"I'm not a fan of lead developers because we have gone down this route before and nothing actually happened." said Mr Scott.
"I would be concerned about what might eventually happen to some of the warehouses along Humber Street because, with the best will in the world, they are not going to be a commercial priority for a developer looking to make a return on their investment in the area.
"Personally, I prefer continuing to encourage what has happened here over the past few years.
"I would argue in favour of giving the current users a chance to establish themselves to a point where they can stand on their own two feet.
"They are all local people who are investing time and energy into making Humber Street something special and, slowly but surely, they are succeeding."
With the long-term ambitions of the new masterplan for the area expected to take time to materialise, the council is also providing continued support for the temporary users in the old Fruit Market for the next three years.
"It is a positive step but I do worry that a big developer might not see this move the same way," said Mr Scott.