Millbank Studios initially started life as a recording location for James Lyttle and Michael Mormecha of Mojo Fury. Over the years the secluded, converted farmhouse has been a favourite recording studio to a long list of famous artists.
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. It’s obvious why the likes of Rams’ Pocket Radio, Kyle John Suckling, Malojian and Emerald Armada use it as a recording location.
Millbank Studios is packed with instruments, from the tradition to the bizarre. The recording process is relaxed. It is clear those at the console are confident in their craft and know exactly what they are doing.
After a few hours it was evident that the Millbank team are skilled in getting the best out of artists. Creative suggestions and direction are married with patience. This process allowing the artist to explore every aspect of a song ensuring their best work is recorded.
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I decided to use the Fujifilm X100T to document my Millbank Studios experience. It was important to keep things simple. I was able to capture RAW images, convert them in camera. Then publish my Classic Chrome shots on Instagram in seconds.
If you’re a Northern Ireland musician looking to explore recording your work it makes sense to follow some of the big names whose catalogues have been crafted at Millbank Studios.