Millbank Studios initially started life as a recording location for James Lyttle and Michael Mormecha of Mojo Fury. Over the last few years the secluded, converted farmhouse outside Lisburn has been a favourite recording studio to a long list of famous Northern Ireland bands and solo acts.
I recently visited Millbank Studios to document the team at work recording Mike Hannaway using my trusty X100T. Millbank is something special, from the antique iron gates you arrive into a uniquely creative zone and it’s obvious why the likes of Rams’ Pocket Radio, Kyle John Suckling, Malojian and Emerald Armada use it as a writing and recording location.
Millbank Studios is packed with musical instruments from the tradition to the bizarre, the recording process is relaxed, and it is clear those at the console are confident in their craft and know exactly what they are doing.
Even after a few hours it was evident that the Millbank Studios team are skilled in getting the best out of the artist they are recording and producing. Creative suggestions and direction are married with a patience that allows the artist to explore every nook and cranny of a song to ensure their best work is recorded.
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I decided to use the Fujifilm X100T to document my Millbank Studios experience. I really wanted to keep things simple and it is interesting that I now include panoramic capture and wifi transfer a simple process but with the X100T it really is. I was able to capture RAW images, convert them in camera and have my Classic Chrome shots on Instagram in seconds.
If you’re a Northern Ireland musician looking to explore recording your work then it makes perfect sense to follow some of the big names whose catalogues have been crafted in Millbank Studios. You can see a few more photos from Millbank Studios over on flickr.