How Athens recording studios are coping with COVID-19, future plans | Arts & Culture

Recording studios often need a close and intimate environment to form the creative industry they have. Recently, local recording studios have been introduced to new production methods and are adapting their business methods due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Recording studio Glow and audio production school Tweed Recording have witnessed a new reality for the recording industry. They have taken unconventional measures to promote social distancing and ensure safety, such as only allowing solo artists into the studio to record or working with artists remotely.

Not only has this propelled them into a cohort of artists they don’t normally record with, like the hip hop scene in Athens, but it allows producers to advance their skills and branch out.

“I took more time to mix and master, which doesn’t always require the artists to be with me,” said Jesse Mangum, owner and operator of The Glow. “Not only that, but it allows me to revisit the recordings that I started with solo artists before the coronavirus hit, or I’ll just bring in one member of a band and we’ll work on the recordings some more.”

Tweed Recording has generally been a production school rather than a commercialized recording studio, said Andrew Ratcliffe, Tweed’s CEO and recording instructor.

The intention of the Tweed Recording School is to provide an “in-depth program of over 550 contact hours and an 18-week semester” to enable aspiring recording artists and musicians to find employment in the music industry. creative industry, said Ratcliffe. However, the pandemic has brought this form of schooling to a halt, with Tweed only allowing 24 people in the building at a time, Ratcliffe said.

“Getting people to work in a recording studio is very hard to do six feet apart, and it’s even harder to do when you’re trying to teach someone how to operate a console or a microphone,” Ratcliffe said. “We have decided it is best for our business and the Tweed family to postpone recording school for the time being.”

Tweed has decided to postpone its audio production schedule to 2021, according to its website. Instead, staff have allocated their Saturday sessions to take place online so participants can “attend, interact and share with [their] instructors like [they] compose and produce music from home,” Tweed Recording said on its website.

In addition to postponing any plans or decisions in recording studios, studios have found new production methods that continue to keep the industry going.

The Glow asks artists to record from home, then send the recordings to the studio for all mixing and mastering. This is a new but productive change that they may not have seen before the coronavirus, Mangum said.

“It’s actually fun not knowing exactly what environment something was recorded in, what microphone was used, or how well the experiment was going while still being able to work on it,” Mangum said.

These music industry professionals intend to adapt to the current economic situation they find themselves in to continue bringing music to Athens and teaching music production to others, Mangum and Ratcliffe said. .