Pirate, whose revolutionary self-service studio model has become the UK’s largest network of recording facilities, has launched in the US after 12 months of planning. With the opening of new studios in Los Angeles added to the three recently opened in New York, Pirate’s affordable, keyless, contactless and 24-hour accessible concept offers a unique opportunity for members of the creative community to work during the pandemic while respecting strict health and safety rules. safety instructions. The company plans to expand to other major US cities in 2021 and 2022.
Using an innovative contactless and keyless online booking system, Pirate is open all day and night and offers a range of professionally equipped studio spaces for DJs, producers, musicians, podcasters, voice over artists , dancers and singers to rehearse, record or even broadcast live via the studios high-speed internet. Rates, starting at just $10 per hour depending on the specific studio, are significantly lower than traditional recording studios.
To showcase its two Los Angeles locations (West Adams and Silver Lake), Pirate is currently offering 30,000 free studio hours to new customers. Every new client can receive a free three-hour session in any of their rooms from February 24 to March 23, 2021.
Since the start of the COVID-19 restrictions, Pirate has been able to open three locations in New York, two in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick and Gowanus and one in Ridgewood Queens. As with the LA locations, these are all thriving creative communities.
As part of its commitment to the local areas where their studios are located, Pirate also donates unused studio hours to neighborhood charities. Non-profit organizations will be able to use the studios for appropriate endeavors. Time will be open during non-peak hours (usually Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) depending on availability.
Pirate locations are following strict government COVID-19 guidelines to ensure their customers can create in a safe and comfortable environment. Hand sanitizer stations and sanitizers are available at each facility, which are also professionally deep-cleaned daily; and masks are mandatory in all common areas. There are no reception staff and common areas are currently cordoned off to maintain social distancing.
Pirate started with a simple idea. In 2014, co-founders David Borrie and Mikey Hammerton decided to design their own studio in Bristol, England, after being disappointed with the quality of rehearsal space available. Once built, they let their friends use the hall to practice for upcoming gigs. From there, Pirate grew into the UK’s largest network of creative studios, now operating a network of over 400 facilities worldwide, including seven in London alone.
“We saw an opportunity to make studios more affordable for people just by being open all the time,” says Borrie. “It had the added benefit of giving artists better accessibility, allowing them to use the studios at times that suited them. Since then, we’ve just tried to identify the types of studios artists need and to build them, trying where we can break down the barriers that keep artists from creating the music and stories we love.”
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the characteristics of the property to create a space faithful to its environment, while offering high level equipment. For example, the West Adams site in Los Angeles contains 13 recording rooms equipped with monitors, interface, microphones and headphones, two podcast studios, six small and two large DJ rooms, and three rehearsal rooms, plus parking. For most sessions, clients only need to bring a laptop and a USB cable to start working.
Grammy-winning producer Che Pope, who used Silver Lake Studios, said: “Pirate provides easy, affordable 24/7 access and an ideal environment to be creative whenever you want. It makes the recording experience accessible to everyone, and that’s a really good thing.”
“Pirate’s belief that everyone should have access to creative studios has taken on new meaning over the past 12 months as creative communities around the world face untold challenges,” Borrie added. “A recent survey of our DJ clients revealed that 54% of them have lost significant income since the pandemic hit. By providing quality yet affordable venues, Pirate hopes to provide local creatives with a space that will rebuild a sense of community in the month to come.”
Pirate co-founder and vice president Sammi Alani moved to Los Angeles to oversee Pirate’s expansion into the United States. “Long-term, Pirate plans to operate in all major cities in North America by the end of 2024,” he explains. “We are committed to identifying key creative areas for our locations and plan to add to our roster of studios in New York and LA while exploring cities like Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Atlanta, Nashville and Toronto for expansion. over the next two years.”
Pirate’s new US studios are located at:
LA West Adams – 4713 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90016
LA Silver Lake – 2807 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026
NYC Gowanus – 156 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
NYC Ridgewood – 1519 Decatur St, Ridgewood, Queens, NY 11385
NYC Bushwick – 110 Scott Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
To book a free session for a new client, go to PIRATE.COM and specific LA studio location and use offer code NEWPIRATE.
Nonprofits and charities in the above neighborhoods can request space and get more information on https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IEiYdYSvlvUujjGm4i0N_ZYWIQLH5VCVUwbeZM9_3pg.
For specific equipment listings and booking information, visit pirate.com and click on the specific location.
For a 360 degree virtual tour of the West Adams facility, visit