Wairoa recording studio aims for the charts

New studio will soon be open to Wairoa and East Coast musicians.

New studio will soon be open to Wairoa and East Coast musicians.

Zach Stark in his Wairoa-based recording studio, which will soon be available to the local community.

MUSICIANS will soon have a place to record their works in Wairoa’s own recording studio.

Wairoa muso Zach Stark says the studio, based at the former Clyde Hotel building, has had an initial opening for testing purposes and will fully open soon.

This phase is all about testing the equipment and acoustics of the studio before opening it up to the public.

Mr Stark said everything has tested well so far, which is a great sign. He has sampled the studio’s magic with a few local projects, including recording with Wairoa man Ratima Hauraki as their duo, Rugged and Wylde.

More recently, he has worked with Gisborne musical duo, One And A Half Men.

The duo is two brothers, Liam and Ronan Wallace, students at Campion College. They recorded a six-track album in three days with Mr Stark, who said it was a great experience.

The brothers, 15 and 18, found out about him after a series of music afternoons on the Wairoa Library green and decided to see if he could help them.

They were pleased with the recording and the sound they all came up with. It took only three days to record a six-track album. They were minor arrangements and featured reggae and RnB styles.

“They were amazing and so young too. They wrote everything themselves,” he said.

Once they had recorded the songs, he made two remixes for them. The brothers played guitar, piano and sang.

“They were so skilled,” he said. “I'm super lucky to be a part of these types of projects.”

Mr Stark said in the future their focus is to embrace the talent of Wairoa and the East Coast by recording music and teaching.

He has been producing and recording for about 10 years, and music runs in his blood. It all started when he was encouraged to learn the guitar.

He grew up with his family building studios and equipment and realised he preferred to work on production.

“I just learned as I went along. I didn’t do sports or other hobbies. I worked in the recording studio and I loved it.”

MUSICIANS will soon have a place to record their works in Wairoa’s own recording studio.

Wairoa muso Zach Stark says the studio, based at the former Clyde Hotel building, has had an initial opening for testing purposes and will fully open soon.

This phase is all about testing the equipment and acoustics of the studio before opening it up to the public.

Mr Stark said everything has tested well so far, which is a great sign. He has sampled the studio’s magic with a few local projects, including recording with Wairoa man Ratima Hauraki as their duo, Rugged and Wylde.

More recently, he has worked with Gisborne musical duo, One And A Half Men.

The duo is two brothers, Liam and Ronan Wallace, students at Campion College. They recorded a six-track album in three days with Mr Stark, who said it was a great experience.

The brothers, 15 and 18, found out about him after a series of music afternoons on the Wairoa Library green and decided to see if he could help them.

They were pleased with the recording and the sound they all came up with. It took only three days to record a six-track album. They were minor arrangements and featured reggae and RnB styles.

“They were amazing and so young too. They wrote everything themselves,” he said.

Once they had recorded the songs, he made two remixes for them. The brothers played guitar, piano and sang.

“They were so skilled,” he said. “I'm super lucky to be a part of these types of projects.”

Mr Stark said in the future their focus is to embrace the talent of Wairoa and the East Coast by recording music and teaching.

He has been producing and recording for about 10 years, and music runs in his blood. It all started when he was encouraged to learn the guitar.

He grew up with his family building studios and equipment and realised he preferred to work on production.

“I just learned as I went along. I didn’t do sports or other hobbies. I worked in the recording studio and I loved it.”

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