Here we are, Banana Row Studios ! So pleased to be at the good place, mostly when it is a really nice place.
The manager of this super cool studio, Jonty, welcomed us very nicely and showed us all the different rooms. After that, we sat in a very comfy sofa and learned a bit more about this place, and his life.
Banana Row Studios is a studio where musicians from Edinburgh and further afield can rehearse, record, and even receive lessons! Jonty explained to us how he had come to pursue his passion in music after having many different careers, including working as a prison officer. You could tell that he was really passionate to work in a creative environment, where he got to take on a variety of roles, including managing the studio, doing bookings, and recording artists.
Generally the creative industries do not offer clear career paths, as confirmed by Jonty's background. Often when people talk about creative job opportunities, the high level of competition and small number of available jobs is often mentioned. It was invaluable to hear that you can still take a leap to follow your dreams when you are near 40 years old! And that sometimes taking the risk can be worth it: leaving a well-paying job for a low-paying job where your skills are fully appreciated can make you very happy.
Unfortunatly the clock was ticking and we had to stop the conversation to achieve our challenge.
The challenge : record an advert for the studio.
We immediately had a very clear idea of what we wanted to do, and we laughed a lot while recording. Lucky we were, because Cal is a guitarist and Kumbirai has a nice voice for the radio. Laura had a camera to record everything, and Kat was the manager of the situation. Let's start to record : "Banana Row studios... Excellent for professionals, great for beginners.. "
Our "behind the scenes" in the studio booth live recording: https://soundcloud.com/tream-blue/banana-row-studios
The first trial is always the best, that's why we decided to keep it. We put it on the usb key, and asked for our second clue.
FINAL RESULT: https://soundcloud.com/kat-342/banana-row-studios-take-1-final-choise
" Clue : An award wining design agency that is comprised of thinkers, dreamers and doers.
Hint : Negative space in publishing terms. "
Kumbirai has the answer : Whitespace.