New recording studio to open in Hull's Humber Street
A NEW recording studio will open its doors to aspiring musicians later this month.
Set up in a former warehouse in Humber Street, Fruit Trade Music is the brainchild of father and son duo Malcolm and Mikey Scott, who aim to nurture some of the region's emerging artists.
The opening of the studio on Saturday will kick-start an all-day launch party, which will also celebrate the release of The Big Freeze, a new CD produced by Mikey's band, Eskimo Party.
Mikey said: "I've worked with local bands on a wide range of popular music recordings – rock, punk, indie, metal.
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"But Fruit Trade Music means we can do more. We'll have a record label to promote the bands who come here and we'll organise live events to showcase local talent.
"It will also offer a band booking service to provide entertainment for parties, festivals and any events needing live music."
The launch event is being organised with the support of neighbouring businesses, including the Museum of Club Culture, which assisted Fruit Trade Music with its logo, the Yorkshire Brewing Company, which has created a Fruit Trade Music brew, and Fruit, the entertainment venue which hosts live bands.
Sponsorship for the launch gig has been secured from MKM, City Electrical Factors and Arnold Laver in Hull.
Mikey, who is also an established guitarist and drummer, studied music at Wyke College before gaining an honours degree in music technology from Stafford University.
For five years he has been recording bands under the guise of Backyard Studio, in a converted garage at his city home.
Mikey's dad Malcolm is an entrepreneur with a background in commercial property.
He spotted the chance to secure a lease on the former warehouse in Humber Street and a three-month rebuilding programme followed.
The outcome is a first for the region – a recording studio where the viewing gallery is the street outside.
The main doors fold back and visitors can watch what is going on as Mikey operates the sound desk and the performers in the adjacent studio play.
Malcolm said: "Humber Street is the ideal location for the studio and we hope the development of the area as a cultural quarter will protect the investment of this and many other businesses as they attract people to the old Fruit Market and support the character of the area."