Happy: The Grove Studios has both a rich legacy and a commitment to innovation. How do you strike a balance between honouring the studio’s history while embracing modern technology to push the boundaries of sound?
Scott: We do it all, we have state of the art modern equipment mixed in the absolute gems of the analogue era.
I think it’s the hybrid of the 2 worlds that make for unique outcomes, which we achieve by keeping cutting edge technologies in our arsenal which aid the use of or vintage equipment.
Happy: Studio 2, ‘The Harmonic Haven,’ thrives as both a recording space and an educational realm. Could you elaborate on the unique challenges and rewards of teaching and fostering creativity within this immersive environment?
Scott: The Grove Studios Academy was born from seeing the incredible young assistants joining us at The Grove and building their skills and experience to then become successful professional engineers and producers, we developed the Academy around enhancing this experience.
The Diploma and Advanced Diploma give students a broad understanding of the music industry while giving access to one of Australia’s leading recording spaces.
The classroom is what makes it totally unique, every student gets a workstation that is situated around the Harrison Console in studio 2 control room, it’s an incredible learning environment.
Happy: The natural surroundings play a role in the studio’s magic. How does this symbiotic relationship between nature and music translate into your role as engineers and producers? How do you capture the essence of the environment within the music you work on?
Scott: Students walk outside the classroom into the most spectacular natural environment, giving them space to hang out together, get away from it all or set up a huge PA and have an outdoor concert.
The collaborations and culture that has been inspired by The Grove Studios and Academy continues to grow and we pass on the knowledge to the next generation of creatives, producers and engineers.
Happy: The Grove Studios Academy stands as a hub for aspiring professionals. Could you share a story of a student who underwent a transformative journey through the academy’s programs and emerged with a newfound understanding of sound production?
Scott: The current in house engineers at The Grove Studios, Connor Massey and Jack Lovell are both graduates of The Grove Studios Academy.
Their dedication to writing, recording, producing and mixing is just insane.
Watching their journey has been inspiring, from student to intern to assistant and now head engineers, the proof is in the pudding when you see Connor and Jack leading a session on the SSL, recording to 24 track tape and making the roof rattle, its just wonderful!!
Happy: Studio 3 offers an oasis for creative retreats and film soundscapes. Can you recount a moment when an artist harnessed this unique setting to elevate their craft and create a sonic landscape that resonated deeply with the intended audience?
Scott: Studio 3 is a dedicated production and mixing space, it’s where I do all my final mixes, it’s just the perfect private listening environment, the acoustic treatment is awesome yet it’s filled with light and a view to the ocean.
Many records have been finalised in this space, along with film mixes and dolby atmos mixes of all shapes and sizes.
Happy: As custodians of The Grove Studios’ sonic legacy, how do you ensure that the music created here continues to reverberate in the hearts of listeners, transcending trends and echoing across generations?
Scott: We are dedicated to making the space and environment the perfect space for artists and producers, we work tirelessly to stay connected to the cutting edge of music culture while giving back what we have learnt of the decade making music.
With this enthusiasm for making magic happen we aim to inspire the next generation of artists.
Happy: Collaborating with a diverse array of artists, from seasoned professionals to emerging talents, must present its own set of challenges and opportunities.
Could you describe a collaboration that particularly pushed your creative boundaries and yielded remarkable results?
Scott: Every record that is made is a creative challenge, boundaries are pushed, the pot is stirred and magic is made.
It’s the freedom that The Grove offers that tends to lead artists to experiment and learn, find new ways and discover new ideas that help break down boundaries.
Happy: The upcoming Open Day on September 9th promises a firsthand experience of The Grove Studios’ magic. What can attendees anticipate discovering about the art of engineering and producing, and how does this event exemplify the studio’s ethos of embracing curiosity and creativity?
Scott: Everyone will have the opportunity to join us to walk through the amazing grounds of The Grove Studios and tour our classroom and studios, all teaching and studio staff will also be onsite to share their knowledge of the studios and courses.
There will also be live music from one of our amazing students and the best sausage sizzle in the central coast.
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