blog category created 20 February 2022 written by Taka George
In what was a 19th Century dairy farm located near Crouch End, the studio is a hidden escape on the edge of Zone 2 London. Fully independent, Crouch End Studios opened just a few weeks before the country fell into lockdown in Feb 20. It’s small team of 4, led by composer Rollo Smallcombe, all have no prior formal studio experience and are a mix of gender and ethnicities. They’ve learned how to run the space without a playbook to follow, with the sole aim to capture the best recordings they can. In 2021 the studio focused on live video and streaming, welcoming a wide range of exciting artists including the likes of Arlo Parks, Metronomy, Declan Mckenna and Dry Cleaning among many others. Sessions for Tiny Desk, LOBF, NME, The Late Show and CNN have all been shot in the space which benefits from unique live room aesthetics designed by Engineer / Coder Colm Ennis. The sound of the live room is often described as one of the ‘cleanest’ and most accurate audio tracking spaces around.