1019 EM Amsterdam, Holland
+31204186450 | email@example.com
The recording studio is located in the former east harbour of Amsterdam, right on the IJ-lake. There's a shopping area accross the street. Directly above the studio we've got Café-bar Bombarie, where you can enjoy excellent food and drinks at a special studio rate.
After all this showing-off about our recording studio you might think we're expensive, but artists are starving and we're not just in it for the money. A day recording + mixing is €350. Special rates apply from five days studio time. For more info on special deals and availability you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +31204186450
Our recording studio is easy to reach as it's located right off the Amsterdam A10 ring road. Take exit s114 and follow the signs for Centrum. When you exit the Piet Hein tunnel, take a right at the lights, next lights right again. This street is called Oostelijke Handelskade. After 300 meters the studio is on your right, opposite the Jumbo and next to the Lloyd Hotel, in the same building as Café-bar Bombarie. There's a Kornuit sign on the corner of our building.
For easy parking after you've loaded in your gear, you can park your vehicle on the Oostelijke Handelskade. Parking fees apply. Visitors swinging by to drop of gear or people can park in the parking garage underneath shopping centre Brazillië. First hour and a half is free of charge. The parking garage closes @ 22:00 Parking for longer than one day is possible here: www.parkeren-amsterdam.com/pr-zeeburg The fee is € 8,-- p.d. including a tramticket.
What makes a “legendary studio” legendary? Its story.
1923 – THE QUARANTINE BUILDING
IJland Studio is located in the Eastern Docklands, a typical post-industrial urban area right at the IJ-lake. From out here the Dutch post-colonialist shipping company Royal Dutch Lloyd loaded and unloaded their ships with goods -such as coffee from Brazil-, to people from Eastern Europe looking for a better feature accross the Atlantic. These emigrants would stay in the main building (now The Lloyd Hotel), but wouldn’t just hop on a boat. The dirty travellers (read: valuable goods) needed to be washed and ‘quarantined’ for a few weeks in order to keep Brazil from strange virusses (read: to keep the workforce healthy). This was done in het Ontsmettingsgebouw (Quarantine Building), the same building where IJland Studio is now located. Where musicians now record men were shoveling coal to heat the building, and where now tracks are fixed and freshened up there used to be the laundry area. Now that we think of it not much has changed really.
1984 – SQUATTERS & PUNK ROCKERS
After the old shipyards were abandoned years of demise and the neglect of empty buildings after WWII came to an end when Amsterdam’s famous squatting scene inhabited the building. Amongst them being many punk rockers -a scene that remains to set foot in the city to this day, with great venues such as OT301, OCCII and De Nieuwe Anita-, it was no suprise that a few of them started to build a studio in the basement with materials from the Salvation Army, amongst them many old matrasses that still hide behind the walls. Starting of in 1985 as Studio Zwembad (Swimmingpool), due to famous Amsterdam water issues, the famous Dutch punk act Raggende Manne formed the epicentre of punk rock in the Netherlands. The water issue got tackled, the place re-named to IJland Studio, and when word got out of an amazing drum sound things quickly moved forward to being a professional studio.
2005 – REMKO SCHOUTEN & Co.
After working as Pavement’s live engineer for almost twenty years and still being alive, Remko Schouten settled in IJland in 2005. His name and network attracted many famous acts, but his influence was most significant when working with Dutch bands such as Bettie Serveert with whom he had a warm cultural marriage, boosting them into one of the few Dutch bands that granted succes in the U.S.A. Years of peak production with his companion Thomas Olivier followed, and by embracing the digital era whilst investing in good old analog attributes, IJland Studio succesfully survived its way into the next decade. Years of rock & roll resulted in the production of Stephen Malkmus’ Wig Out at Jagbags, but also the desperate need of a paint job and a new carpet. This lead to an all refurbished acoustically neutralised control room, which lead to the construction of a rock solid iso-booth within an upgraded recording studio and a fancy wooden floor, enhancing the already famous acoustics. Now the rise of a whole new generation of indie bands in Amsterdam and The Netherlands has lead to renewed attention to that obscure studio with that sound guy from Pavement. Well hey, it’s not just any studio, it’s IJland, and we’ve got stories to feed your music with.
Producer / Manager
The mastermind who didn’t finish school but travelled across the globe as Pavement’s F.O.H. live engineer for almost 20 years. Autodidacted, he lured many famous bands into IJland since 2005. He doesn’t recommend this track to anyone though, especially not his daughters.
Paul 'Muzza' Murray
Engineer / Producer / Live Engineer
The sound wizzard who quit Psychology after finding out it didn’t relate that much to psychedelic music. Finished a Masters’ degree in audio engineering in the UK, then Brexited to Amsterdam.
Engineer / Producer / Manager
Worked himself into a Bachelor in Sound Design, but then the academy forgot to put him on the list. Figured Sociology would help him ordering chaos, but ended up in a recording studio after all where the two sides of his brain finally had a meeting.
Autodidact who turned his parents’ basement to a studio where he records impressive sounding demo’s of his band PEACH. We’ll definitely learn from him too and promise we won’t be using him for coffee-making. (Or at least not just.)