Bristol musicians join forces to raise money for recording studios destroyed by fire

A Bristol musician is raising money to replace thousands of pounds of equipment lost in a fire that destroyed a local recording studio.

The Omni Rooms are run by Jodie Robinson and Ty Drew, who set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to rebuild the studio.

The space has now been rendered unusable for the foreseeable future as a result of the fire, but since insurance won’t cover all of what was destroyed, Max and a group of fellow musicians are helping to collect funds to raise funds for equipment lost in the fire.

The Omni Rooms Fire fundraiser has already passed the £5,000 mark and Max has now written a song with other artists affected by the fire.

Some of the money raised by the song will also go towards new playground equipment at Max’s old elementary school in Eastville, where he is the lollipop resident. Max, 24, is a former pupil of Glenfrome Primary School, along with his mother, uncle and grandfather.

Musician Max Edkins is also his former school’s lollipop person

Max says: “Parents and school staff have been incredibly supportive of me in general and this initiative, so we are looking to organize the school choir to participate in the creation of this piece of music.

“The BBC recently recorded the Year 6 Children’s Choir in Need at School for the next broadcast of the event, so this should be fairly easy to organise.

“The song I wrote has the working title of Mercury, so we’ll see if it fits. I also tried to come up with a name for the project. I think I decided to call the project Love Mothership and that it is more of a community group and open in terms of collaborators.

“I love the idea of ​​writing music and having as many amazing people as possible. Currently the song will feature a host of musicians I’ve worked with over the years, some who have also affected by the fire, as well as musicians from the school and the local community.We are also going to have a choir made up of school children and local singing groups.

As well as being expensive to replace, much of Max’s lost gear had sentimental value and he says seeing it destroyed in the fire was devastating.

“I find that I can never be as attached to anything as I am to my musical instruments. Besides family and friends, these tools mean the world to musicians.

“They accompany you everywhere, they are the tools that help you through the most difficult times. And although material things are replaceable in some respects, they are irreplaceable in others.

“I personally lost a lot of my drum gear that I had accumulated over the years – others also lost drums, guitars, pedals, amps, notes and the space that belonged to them. allows them to flourish.

“I was about to check the sound of my show the same night I got the call that the place was on fire. I immediately rushed there to see what was going on but I felt helpless.

“My car got sandwiched between the fire trucks, and there was nothing I could do there, so I ran to where I was supposed to play and just did my set on time.

“I am extremely happy that I decided to go back and play, but I almost collapsed completely on my way to the hall after seeing the fire. All my close friends were there and they told me given me the courage to keep doing the show.

Max says he will do whatever he can to help the studio owners reach the £25,000 target.

“We will just continue to do what we can to help everyone get back on their feet. We will also be hosting a series of live shows and fundraising events for the cause. It will be a long road to recovery for everyone affected, but the momentum is there and we are not going to give up on our dreams.

“Many people have reached out with crowdfunding contributions, as well as offers to loan musical equipment so that the practice and creation can continue. It’s more than anyone has to do, so we’re all forever grateful for the help. “To donate to the Omni Rooms Fire fundraiser, click here.