Black Bay Recording Studio on Great Bernera has taken a major international step forward.
It has been selected by prestigious studio agency, Miloco, to become part of their world-wide recording studio offer.
Miloco has the greatest directory of quality recording studios, with more than 90 throughout the world and has a client list that includes virtually every major artist of the last few decades with the likes of Adele, Coldplay, Oasis, Foals, Skepta....
It is hoped that the new partnership will bring some big names to Black Bay with artists keen to write and record in a unique and stunning location.
Black Bay sits on the shoreline of Great Bernera in an old crab processing factory which was redesigned and renovated in 2016 with the help of funding from HIE and LEADER along with private investment.
It accommodates a 100 metre square Live Room with 5m high pitched ceiling, spacious Control Room and Dead Room, together with comfortable living accommodation.
Black Bay opened its doors in 2017 and since then has worked with artists from all over the UK and internationally, including Tide Lines, Snapped Ankles, False Advertising, Blair Dunlop, Astrid, Tamzene and dozens of others, both through its online Mixing and Mastering services as well as Residential Recording services.
Artists and bands travel over to the island and stay for just a weekend or an entire month writing and recording and can immerse themselves completely in their work.
The studio is fully residential, sleeping eight people with kitchen and lounge areas all under the same roof.
Studio Owner and Record Producer, Pete Fletcher said: 'We've only had our doors open for two years and already have a long list of incredible records that we've helped into the world and we are very excited about the new relationship with Miloco and the potential they will bring.
“We know we have something really special up here, and it's a real privilege to share it with people. For residential recording, we do full production, or dry hire of the space or anything in between, as well as online Mixing and Mastering services and collaborations with other island artists and creative businesses
Graeme Allen, of Miloco said: “Miloco are absolutely delighted to be working with Pete and Black Bay studio. The equipment is up to spec and the space is great, but while this is of course important, it’s the atmosphere and setting of a recording studio that really sets it apart. This is where Black Bay truly excels. I can’t think of another studio on our roster in such a serene and beautiful environment, and there are few studios across the world more suited to locking yourself away from the noise of the world and allowing yourself to be truly creative. We can’t wait to get to work with our first Scottish residential studio!
Rachel Mackenzie, area manager for HIE’s Outer Hebrides area team, said: “We are delighted to hear that Black Bay Studios has been added to the Miloco Directory. The studio will make a significant contribution to the local economy while attracting major artists to a superb location in the Isle of Lewis.
“We are pleased to have worked with Pete and provided funding support to help bring his project to fruition.”