Live above a real recording studio

Live above a real recording studio

A recording studio, that’s cut tracks for the likes of Violent Soho, Dune Rats and others shortlisted in Triple J’s Hottest 100, is hunting for flatmates – and thrown in a very quirky perk.

The Bedlam recording studio – which has worked with Dune Rats, Guttermouth, Violent Soho, Twin Haus, Boss Moxi, Young Lions, Drunk Mums, The Murlocs, Baskervillain, The Babe Rainbow, Pilots and Funkoars – threw open its doors in a search for a flatmate.

Located in the purpose-built downstairs of a classic Queenslander in Brisbane’s inner west, it’s kitted out with mathematically precise acoustics, a large live space where bands can jam and smaller rooms.

That makes upstairs the ultimate home for those who live and breathe music – a “huge house with multiple living areas and outdoor areas” where one of the flatmate perks was “free rein on the studio”.

Bedlam engineer Brock Weston who led the search for a new housemate told The Courier-Mail that it was more about finding someone who could fit the lifestyle.

“The offer is more to try find someone that can keep up with the lifestyle,” he said.

“We found another producer that is now living here which has been great. There’s also a musician living here who utilises the studio for their bands’ use.”

A room in the Indooroopilly property hit the rental market at $160 a week plus bills in early January – “available ASAP”.

“This house has a recording studio underneath it and is operating as a business so there’s more foot traffic than your usual house, but it is a very welcoming environment. Free rein on the studio should be a bonus for some, but we welcome anyone to apply,” was how it was listed.

“The studio was originally built something like five years ago by the owner of the house. It used to be the base of operations for ‘Bedlam Records’ a record label. The studio was mainly for signed bands to utilise and make their music. Since the label has stopped operating in that capacity I was asked to help bring the studio into its own, so now Bedlam Records operates solely as a recording studio.”

Bedlam had long been considered a hub for creatives and musicians.

“Plenty of people seem to idealise the offer to live here,” Mr Weston said. “The reality is they’d have to bring their own work in and still make a name for themselves (if recording). But regardless of that, it’s an opportunity to learn a lot and offers facilities cheaper than anywhere else you would find them.”

The flatmates were “not looking for a particular lease length at this stage”, willing to go with the flow.


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