Hello people of North London and thank you for taking the time to read 2014’s first edition of ‘The Music Connection’. I would like to personally wish you all a Happy New Year and I also hope that you all had a good Christmas.
This month, I decided to write a feature on one of the most legendary places in the history of British music, Konk Studios in Crouch End, North London.
Konk Studios was established by members of British rock group The Kinks. In 1971, Ray and Dave Davies decided to put aside money from their recent hits such as Lola, towards a new studio of their own in North London. Previously, the group had mainly been recording at Morgan Studios in Willesden, London. The Kinks began recording full-time at Konk studios in 1973 and it remained as their main studios until the group disbanded in 1996.
The British rock band The Kooks also recorded their album Konk at the studios in 2008 and the album subsequently topped the UK albums chart in April 2008. The main room at Konk studios is the Neve Room, which was featured in the Kinks’ 1983 “State of Confusion” music video.
In July 2010, Ray Davies put the studio up for sale as a redevelopment property, but thankfully, in June 2011, Ray Davies announced a delay in the sale saying “It was up for sale but I’ve got another record I’ve got to do”.
Music artists who have recorded at Konk studios over the years include The Stone Roses, The Bay City Rollers, Thin Lizzy, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Artic Monkeys, The Kooks, Blur, Elvis Costello, Steve Winwood, The Bee Gees and Bombay Bicycle Club.
On speaking to Blur guitarist Graham Coxon about the studio, Graham said “The Kinks have been a major part of British music for the past 50 years, along with acts like The Beatles, The Who and The Stones. Konk Studios has always been the main physical link with The Kinks and I would love to see the studio remain open and not just disappear, as it would be a real shame. The studios have also played an influential part in my career as a guitarist”.
So in a nutshell, Konk studios along with Church Studios on Crouch Hill, have both helped put Crouch End on the musical map, which has also brought out successful music artists including The Eurythmics, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Crouch End Chorus & former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler; just to name a few.
Thanks again for taking some time out to read this article and I’ll catch you all in next month’s edition of The Music Connection.
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