Photos courtesy of Athena Anastasiou for Red Bull Studios London
The prestigious Red Bull Studios in London is home to a forward-thinking music showcase series on Channel 4. Hosted by Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac, “Launched at Red Bull Studios”, now in its third series, features performances and interviews with ten of the best new, up and coming artists who are hotly tipped as ones to watch in 2014 over five half-hour episodes.
Red Bull Studios is a state-of-the-art, non-commercial recording studio and programmable space in London Bridge, South East London, offering artists a creative space to use at no cost.
The featured artists in this series include Ella Eyre, Joel Compass, Gorgon City, Royal Blood, George Ezra, Sam Smith and Elli Ingram, with their ambassadors including Rudimental, Guy Lawrence of Disclosure and Will Kennard of Chase & Status. Previous "Launched" artists from the first two series include Mercury-nominated singers Jessie Ware and Laura Mvula, andBastille and The 1975, both topping the charts with their debut albums, proving that the show is a great launching platform for aspiring talent.
Focusrite at the heart of "Launched at Red Bull Studios" recording setup
The engineers at Red Bull Studios chose Focusrite equipment to be at the heart of their recording setup. The high quality mic pre on the ISA 430 MkII was the preamp of choice used on all of the lead vocals throughout the series – its transformer-based design with variable input impedance makes it an incredibly versatile solution, capturing the best sounding results out of any microphone. Additionally the ISA 828, an eight-channel mic pre featuring the same preamplifier design as the ISA110 module in the legendary Focusrite Forté console, was used for recording drums (kick, snare, hi hats and overheads). The studio also has an array of Novation keyboards and synthesizers for artists to use, including the 61-key SL MkII keyboard.
You can watch the episodes from "Launched at Red Bull Studios" on Red Bull's website here.