A SUCCESSFUL Deeside music studio specializing in supporting vulnerable members of the community is delighted to mark four decades of existence.
The people involved with Michael Clarke Studio provide guitar and bass lessons in the community and are especially keen to help people who have low self-esteem, suffer from anxiety and depression, or other mental health issues. .
The professional recording studio based in Hall Lane at Connah’s Quay, which has its own label – TrichordRecords – is run by Michael Clarke.
Michael opened the studio after finishing playing with rock band Tokyo in 1983.
On the recording side of the studio, Recordingmcs has been around for 10 years, and the TrichordRecords label was launched in 2021.
The studio itself will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2023.
Michael is one of two studio tutors, along with Steve Collins, and he is also a producer, composer and arranger. The studio engineer is TJ Gorman.
Michael says he is “very privileged” to have worked alongside several talented local artists over the years.
He added: “I have always had a very close connection to the community and have had enormous satisfaction over the years watching students form bands and perform live.
“Especially nervous or depressed people who just think ‘I can’t’ and then 45 minutes later realize A) they can and B) walk away with a smile on their face and can’t wait for the next lesson.
“I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people over the years who started as students and are now friends, and the number of friendships that have been formed in this hall over the years. .
Over the years Michael Clarke Studios has worked with a roster of artists from North Wales and Cheshire. They have also worked extensively with Radio Deeside.
Michael added: “The business means a lot to me. It started with a few students and has grown steadily, we also pride ourselves on being able to give back to the community in which we are based.
“We will definitely be having a party next year which will no doubt be loud and proud. It just seems surreal that the place still exists after 40 years and is a testament to the people who have worked here and our customers.
“Music is known to be very therapeutic for mental health and that’s why we’re especially committed to bringing in people who are looking for an outlet.”
For more information visit: www.michaelclarkestudio.co.uk