Mobile studio lays down roots as it bucks the trend

Launch party for the Rockhopper Studio on The Buckingham Ring Road Industrial Estate - submitted by Rockhopper
Launch party for the Rockhopper Studio on The Buckingham Ring Road Industrial Estate - submitted by Rockhopper

THE roots of a Buckingham business are get deeper as it bucks the economic trend following a £20,000 investment.

At the beginning of December The Rockhopper Studio held a champagne fuelled rock and roll party to the celebrate the launch of its new static studio.

Launch party for the Rockhopper Studio on The Buckingham Ring Road Industrial Estate - submitted by Rockhopper

Launch party for the Rockhopper Studio on The Buckingham Ring Road Industrial Estate - submitted by Rockhopper

Since late 2008 Rockhopper has been building a national reputation through its 1963 American Airstream caravan which has been converted into a state of the art recording studio.

Friends of the studio, including awarding artist Aurora J Young (Peoples Music Awards Best Funk, Soul, Blues artist of 2011 broadcast across North America), Glastonbury regular Rodney Branigan and Ministry of Sound DJs Danny Hobden and Retox helped celebrate the expansion of the business into a 1,500 sq ft unit on the Buckingham Ring Road Industrial Estate.

Rockhopper partner David Hall said it was always his ambition to set up a static studio with his father-in-law and sound engineer partner Steve Refearn.

The extra space will also allow them to expand the video processing side of the business and they have taken on specialist Jack Osbourn.

Launch party for the Rockhopper Studio on The Buckingham Ring Road Industrial Estate - submitted by Rockhopper

Launch party for the Rockhopper Studio on The Buckingham Ring Road Industrial Estate - submitted by Rockhopper

Mr Hall said being able to take the mobile studio to music events all over the UK has helped them build important relationships with in the industry.

He said: “We are bringing together all those industry connections made through the mobile studio into the new studio. We’ve been working with some of the biggest names in the industry AVID and Yamaha and are already talking to them about projects for next year.

“But it’s not just about the attention the Airstream has given us. It’s not just a job, we are passionate about music, especially Steve who’s passionate about all forms of music and we’ve had everything from rock to classical musicians in the studio.”

Mr Hall said studies have shown people take in 80 per cent of what they see but only 20 per cent of what they read, and as the dominance of the internet grows more and more businesses will need professionally produced show reels to advertise products or services on their own websites.

For more information visit www.rockhopper-studios.co.uk or call 01280 730900.