The oldest and arguably most famous purpose-built recording studio in the world, London’s Abbey Road has been at the forefront of the music business for close to 85 years. Synonymous with The Beatles, the Grade II listed complex has also played home to everyone from Pink Floyd to Kanye West to Adele, with a host of famous film scores and classical works recorded within the building’s iconic white walls.
Owned by Universal Music Group since 2012 following its acquisition of EMI, the facility has recently begun a program of significant expansion, building three new and more competitively priced recording spaces and launching a number of tech and brand partnerships, including a VR tour courtesy of Google. Billboard spoke to managing director Isabel Garvey. who formerly held senior executive posts at Warner Music International and EMI, to discuss the changing role of recording studios, appealing to new artists and breaking into the tech sector. “We’re not just a museum to The Beatles,” says Garvey. “We’re a living, breathing studio making future music history.”
~ 4/11/2016 by Richard Smirke for Billboard.com
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