Pirate, whose revolutionary self-service studio model has become the UK’s largest network of recording facilities, 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.
Since the start of the Covid 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 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 activities. 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 sites are following strict government Covid-19 guidelines to ensure their customers can create in a safe and comfortable environment. Hand sanitizing stations and sanitizing products are available at each facility, which are also professionally deep-cleaned daily, and masks are required 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 Pirate co-founder David 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 kinds of studios artists need and build them, trying where we can to break down the barriers that keep artists from creating the music and stories we love. .
All pirate sites follow a basic design pattern that works with the characteristics of a particular property to create a space that is true to its surrounding area, while providing top-notch amenities. For most sessions, clients only need to bring a laptop and a USB cable to start working.
Grammy™️-winning producer Che Pope, who has 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 very 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% have lost significant revenue since the pandemic hit. By offering quality yet affordable rooms, Pirate hopes to provide local creatives with a space that will rebuild a sense of community in the months to come.
Pirate co-founder and vice president Sammi Alani moved to Los Angeles to oversee Pirate’s American expansion. “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 in our locations and plan to add to our roster of studios in New York and Los Angeles 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:
New York Gowanus – 156, 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA
NYC Ridgewood – 1519 Decatur St, Ridgewood, Queens, NY 11385, USA
New York Bushwick – 110 Scott Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA
Nonprofits and charities in the above neighborhoods can request space and get more information at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IEiYdYSvlvUujjGm4i0N_ZYWIQLH5VCVUwbeZM9_3pg