How a mobile phone mast led this musician to open his own studio

Peter Slowey, owner of The Aquarium Studio, Gateshead
Peter Slowey, owner of The Aquarium Studio, Gateshead

A MUSIC lover from South Tyneside has opened his own recording studio after a mobile phone mast stopped him working at home.

Peter Slowey, of Harton, South Shields, is inviting musicians to record and rehearse at the Aquarium Studio.

Peter has performed in bands for more than 20 years, and he spent his evenings and weekends working in a studio he had built in his South Shields home.

However, after O2 and Vodafone installed a new mobile phone mast nearby, he found that its 4G signal interfered with his equipment, rendering it redundant.

After battling with the mobile phone operators and being unable to use his home studio for more than a year, Peter was on the verge of selling his kit when he heard about the opportunity to take over an existing studio that unused for some time.

He got the keys just before Christmas, and since then he and his wife, Andrea have been busy fitting it with high-spec gear ready to open for business.

The Aquarium Studio, in South Shore Road, Gateshead, has two acoustically-treated live rooms, a vocal booth, an in-house PA system and drum kit, and its mixing room is fitted with state-of-the art pro-audio equipment including the industry-standard ProTools HD.

As well as working with bands, musicians and agencies needing voice-over recordings, Peter is also hiring the studio out to other recording engineers and is hosting pop star and rock star parties for children’s birthdays and hen parties.

Peter said: “I’ve been in bands since I was a teenager, and I’ve been obsessed with the process of recording and mixing music.

“Over the years, I’ve worked in many of the region’s best studios and have spent thousands on pro-audio equipment for my own home studio, where I honed my skills in engineering, recording, mixing and production.

“I’ve worked on records that have been played on Radio 1 and 6 Music and been championed by the likes of Nick Grimshaw and Tom Robinson.

“I’ve always dreamed about opening my own studio and spending more time working on something I loved, so when I heard that the premises had been sitting unused for months and the building owner was looking for someone to take over, I jumped at the chance.

“It’s still early days, but every bit of feedback we’ve had from people who have used the studio so far has been overwhelmingly positive.”

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