Opening of a state-of-the-art music studio | Local life

Gordon Bahary, a multi-platinum producer/engineer/composer, has established Electric Kingdom Studios, a brand new recording complex in Hartsdale. The facility offers a combination of modern analog equipment and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

“We made Electric Kingdom welcoming: Persian rugs, pianos and warm, earthy colors,” Bahary said. “And there is convenience to the city. The musicians said “I can’t believe I can pull over in the driveway and put my guitar on my back and walk in and record”. They see a hundred acres of adjoining woods. It’s the atmosphere. I made this studio for creativity. I organize all the projects and I work with producers and artists.

In the early 1980s, as an artist/writer/producer, Bahary sold 7 million copies of his Billboard R&B Top 10 hit, “Electric Kingdom”, which was voted #8 song of all time in its kind by Rolling Stone – hence the name of the workshop. He has collaborated closely with music giants Stevie Wonder (two albums), Herbie Hancock and Ramsey Lewis, among others, and currently composes music for film and television.

Electric Kingdom can comfortably accommodate up to seven jazz, rock, orchestral, folk and R&B musicians. “This studio is for rent only with me as an engineer,” he said, assuring potential clients that their music will be handled to the highest standard.

Bahary, who has been an engineer for 40 years, describes his approach to recording at Electric Kingdom as “organic”. “The end result,” he said, “is the rich musicality that emerges from older gear designs, but with new components. We’re bringing back the old, but with today’s clarity and reliability. It’s the purest audio reproduction available, but with the soul intact.