He may have formed relationships in Los Angeles, signed with a US record label and have his hands full with his own music career, but none of that has stopped Port Elizabeth pop and RnB singer Gino Lee from establishing a recording studio for fellow artists in the city.
The 23-year-old has opened doors for Nelson Mandela Bay singers, voice-over artists and those who may want to record podcasts to use the newly completed River Road Records studio in Walmer.
Musicians such as Port Elizabeth rapper and dancer Junior King and former The Voice contestant Daniel Jay are already in line to start recording at the studio soon, Lee said.
“Opening a recording studio is something that I felt needed to happen eventually and over the years I learnt so much from the people I’ve worked with in [New York and Los Angeles].
“One of those people, for instance, is producer Matt Henry whom I worked with at Skylight Studios in LA and he taught me so much about building a studio as I was there with him as he built his around 2016,” Lee said.
The studio has been in the works since February last year spearheaded by the singer and Bernie Swanepoel, who designed the studio.
They cleared out an unused isolated room in the Walmer home and revamped it into a recording studio with sound insulation.
“There is definitely a need for recording studios in Nelson Mandela Bay and at River Road ...........