New music studio launched in historic Stoke-on-Trent Chapel

Musician Mark Eyden has started a recording studio in a historic chapel.

The 41-year-old has spent several months setting up Sun Street Studios as he seeks to provide space for musicians.

And Mark, from Caverswall, is no stranger to the industry having previously lined up as a guitarist with North Staffordshire band Marlo – who won a BBC talent show.

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Now he will offer his knowledge to the Shelton-based studio

Mark also rents part of the studio to Matt Cooke, who runs Synkronize Music Group, previously located on London Road.

He said: “It was a chapel in the 1850s and over the years there have been many different things.

“I bought it in 2020 and have been working on it ever since, and I’m just coming to the end now.

“We hope to open in the new year.

“It’s been 18 months of hard work – I’ve been recording and producing stuff for people for a long time.

Mark Eyden has set up a music studio in Sun Street Hanley Mark Eyden in his studio

“I also play guitar, bass and piano and have been a music technician in St Joseph for 10 years.

“I do sound for events and musical productions.”

Mark found himself in the studio in the 1990s when Marlo won the BBC musical talent show Get Your Act Together.

He then got to work with producer Gus Dudgeon, who produced both Elton John and David Bowie, and then Stuart Epps, who produced for Led Zeppelin, who started his love of recording.

Mark said: “I’ve loved performing, writing and recording ever since. Both for myself, in various bands and for other people.

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“I still play in a band called The KMK with my brother Dan Eyden.

“I always wanted my own space to record.

“With the pandemic, I had school holidays and had to renovate it.

“It gave me the chance to be able to devote time to construction.

“It wasn’t cheap.

“I feel relieved and excited now, and I can’t wait to get back to producing and recording.

“I’m really proud of it and hope it will be an audio hub for the region.”

Sun Street Studios will be fully open for business for anyone wanting audio or video recording services starting in the new year.

Inside the building, the ground floor is Sun Street Studios and the mezzanine is a control room for Synkronize.

Learn more here.

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