Seattle, WA (October 13, 2005)–Renowned Seattle recording studio London Bridge
Recently announced its re-opening under new owners Jonathan Plum and Geoff Ott. Both former London Bridge employees, Ott and Plum purchased the studio from founders Rick and Raj Parashar with a plan to remodel the studio and reopen it for the Seattle music community.
“A lot of magic has happened at London Bridge,” said Geoff Ott, “you can feel it when you walk into the studio.” And Plum added, “This studio played a huge role in defining the Seattle music scene. We realized that it would be a shame to see a place like this quietly disappear.”
Seattle’s surge to musical prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s stemmed in large part from albums recorded at London Bridge Studios. Influential bands of that era such as Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog and Alice in Chains all recorded classic Seattle records at the studio. Soundgarden’s Grammy-winning Louder Than Love (1990) and Pearl Jam’s multi-platinum debut Ten (1991), both brought the studio national notoriety. Throughout the 1990s bands such as Blind Melon, Candlebox, Unwritten Law, Default, and 3 Doors Down all recorded at London Bridge studios.
Initially built in 1985 by brothers Rick and Raj Parashar to record their music, Rick found himself spending most of his time producing other bands just to keep the studio open. In 1991 Rick’s producing career took off after recording the Grammy nominated Pearl Jam album Ten. Because of Parashar’s success, for the last 13 years London Bridge has essentially existed as a private studio for Rick’s production with the doors virtually closed to the greater Seattle music community. With Parashar’s production and traveling schedule getting more and more demanding, and with the building’s 20-year lease expiring this year, Rick wasn’t using the studio enough to justify keeping it open. On hearing that the studio was slated for imminent takeover by a carpet store, Jonathan Plum and Geoff Ott jumped at the opportunity to acquire London Bridge. After several months spent working on remodeling the studio’s facilities, Plum and Ott opened London Bridge for business to the greater Seattle music community.
Plum and Ott spent much of the 1990s at London Bridge. They worked their way up from interns to head engineers, ultimately becoming producers in their own right. During this time, Ott and Plum worked closely with Rick Parashar, directly contributing to the production of some of the most influential albums of the day. Following their tenure at London Bridge, Jonathan Plum and Geoff Ott struck out on their own, independently producing and engineering albums. In the past six years, they have deftly established themselves as among Seattle’s best music producers. Local bands that Plum has
produced includes Brandi Carlile, Kuma, The Myriad and Kim Virant. Ott has produced local bands Glimpse, Lila, Drop 6, The Boss Martians and many others.
London Bridge Studio