Contact, LOCATION, RATES, history
1019 EM Amsterdam
The Netherlands +31204186450
The ideal location for a recording studio in the Amsterdam eastern city centre
The recording studio is located at a unique spot in the city centre of Amsterdam, with the tranquility of the IJ-lake just around the corner. (Arrival per boat or a cool dive in summer is even possible.) Within five minutes, tram 26 from Amsterdam Central Station takes you to a stones throw distance of our front door. Tram 7 from the same location takes you to the Leidseplein area in just fifteen minutes. Cars and taxis can stop and wait right in front of our door without any hassle, making unloading gear a stress free job. There’s the shopping center Brazilië right accross the street for all your needs. Food can be prepared in our kitchen / bar. Directly above the studio there’s the brilliant bar + diner FOSCO, where you can have great bar food and enjoy a beer at the terrace, if the weather gods allow. Last but not least the iconic and exclusive five-star Hoxton Lloyd Hotel is located in the neighbouring building.
All in all we’d like to think IJland Studio is the ideal location for a recording studio in the heart of Amsterdam, where you can make music 24/7, in a perfect work-relax-eat-sleep cycle. Within crawling distance when needed..
After all the shiney words about our recording studio you might think we’re expensive, but we’re not, because like to keep our place accessible to musicians from every level. The hourly rate for recording and/or mixing is €65. A day recording and/or mixing is €430. Special rates apply from six days studio time onwards. Rental of the studio without engineer is possible depending on several factors. Call or email us for more details.
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 Brazilië. First hour and a half is free of charge. The parking garage closes at 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.
Recording, mixing & mastering engineer / producer / F.O.H.
The mastermind hooligan 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 to his daughters.
Recording & mixing engineer / producer / musician
Musician / singer / songwriter who 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.
from punk squat to blues basement, brian eno, local indie favourites and all round ambient CREATIVE production studio. Also see our profile on discogs
1923 – THE QUARANTINE BUILDING
IJland Studio is located in the Eastern Docklands, a typical post-industrial urban area right at the IJ-lake.
This is where 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 future 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.
What is now being used as the live room, men were shoveling coal to heat the building. And control room Studio A, where nowadays musical recordings are fixed and freshened up, there used to be the laundry area. Come to 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 – ALL ROUND PRODUCTION STUDIO
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. 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. Now companion Tim Visser entered the studio in 2018 to record himself, but ended up with the construction of an iso-booth in the live room, upgrading the recording facilities drastically. A wooden floor, extra windows and see through doors connecting four separate spaces and the people recording, all majorly enhanced the workflow and sound.