Studio Miraval has hosted some iconic artists in its day, from Pink Floyd, AC/DC, The Cure, Wham, Morrisey, The Cranberries, and Sade.
The stylings of Space Odyssey meet French vintage winery, oozing with cool, to say the least. After nearly two decades of the historic studio lying quiet, Brad Pitt and French producer-engineer Damien Quintard have rolled up their sleeves to bring the old place back to life.
Keeping true to the bones of the building, the duo has renovated the historic recording space, to make it a “sanctuary for artists to come in and do their thing” again.
Situated on the 2,200-acre grounds of Château Miraval vineyard in Provence, France, and hidden amid an expansive and stunning French estate, in a 19th-century French winery, the building’s music studio is stepping into the future.
Originally built in 1977 by French composer Jacques Loussier, for his own private use, but given the unique nature of the studio, it soon attracted a wide array of artists. In particular, where Pink Floyd recorded part of The Wall in 1979. Pitt co-purchased the property in 2012 with his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie.
Quintard, known for his work with Brian Eno and Parcels, says “We’re not here to just build a new studio, We’re here to honor a legacy.” And rebooting the legacy is the queen of smooth jazz/pop Sade, which will mark her first new solo album since 2010’s Soldier Of Love.
“You could feel the love that she and the band had for this place, when we talked to musicians who came here previously, they all have this special connection with Miraval that can’t really be explained. […] It’s a dream come true to see this place activate again.”
Check out some of the hella modern meets tradition vid via billboards insta below:
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