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The Church Studio wins Studio of the Year at MPG Awards 2020

"It’s by far the best studio I’ve ever worked in"

Photo by Lee Thomas

The Church Studios, which is owned by Paul Epworth and based in Crouch End, bagged the Studio of the Year Award at the MPG Awards last night. A diverse spectrum of important music has been recorded there, from Madonna and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to Bombay Bicycle Club and Lana Del Rey. We had a chat with the team after they picked up their award last night, which was presented by Thurston Moore, and here’s what they had to say about the big win…

Luke Pickering, one of the studios’ in-house engineers, said of the importance of the MPG Awards itself: “It’s an important thing to exist, you have the BRITs, the Grammys, you have all this star-spangled stuff, so it’s important to have something more focused on the work that goes into it behind-the-scenes. It’s important to have that recognition.”

Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore, who has worked extensively at The Church Studios and presented the team with their award, told PSNEurope: “I went to Church Studios on a hot tip from Mark Stewart from The Pop Group. He had just recorded a new an album there a few years back and he told me that’s where he recorded it. It’s a fantastic place, kind of idiosyncratic, the control room is in the playing room, etc. I recorded my record Rock n Roll Consciousness there, and it’s by far the best studio I’ve ever worked in. It was just fantastic. Everything we recorded sounded better than anything I’ve ever recorded before. Everything was perfect. It was a magnificent experience.”

The Church Studios hosted an International Women’s Day event last year in conjunction with Spitfire Audio, which you can find out about here.

Find the full list of winners from last night’s MPG Awards here.