In the studio: BIMM Berlin students record the BIMM Album

28 April, 2016

BIMM Berlin students have been having the time of their lives recording the brand new BIMM Berlin Album at three of the city’s top recording studios.

The album features tracks by a selection of BIMM Berlin bands and musicians, all of whom submitted their songs to a panel of top music industry judges, including Fin Greenall (FINK), Gisela Sotomayor (Nineteen95 Management), Karl Nowak (Spinnup) and Ronja Thiede (Star FM). Of those, five tracks were chosen to make the final cut, and our very talented selected students have spent dates across March and April in the studio recording their songs.

A recording session at the famous Hansa Studios saw our Recording Skills Tutor, Pete Smith, take the mixing and mastering reins in a location that has seen a whole host of incredible musicians record, including David Bowie, Depeche Mode, U2 and R.E.M. Our BIMM bands were in good hands with Pete, who has previously won a Grammy Award producing the live version of Sting’s ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles’ album.

Pete also took production duties for two sessions at Kreuzberg’s TRIXX Studios which, since its launch in 1985, has been responsible for recording, mixing and producing albums for a wide range of international artists, including Bryan Ferry, Fleetwood Mac, Wu-Tang Clan, Nicki Minaj, Grandmaster Flash and Dave Gahan.

Next up on the recording schedule was a session at Schaltraum Aufnahmestudio Funkhaus with BIMM Berlin tutor and legendary producer of The Strokes’ debut album ‘Is This It’, Gordon Raphael. Gordon has also previously worked with bands and musicians such as The Libertines, Regina Spektor, Ian Brown and Damon Albarn, so our BIMM Berlin bands are in good company indeed!

The whole BIMM Berlin Album production process took around three weeks of recording, mixing and mastering to get to where we are now, and we can’t wait to hear the finished product once it’s released to the public in June.

Lisa Wadham, BIMM Berlin’s Head of Careers and Industry, said that she’s incredibly proud of all the students who took part:

“To be able to release five diverse tracks of such high quality, within the first year of opening our doors here in Berlin, is an incredible achievement; a testament to their talent and dedication. It has been an absolute pleasure working with the students to make this album and I can’t wait to release it later in the year!”

Inside a mixing boothInside a recording studio, close up of a microphone

All the students and studio staff involved had an incredible time and felt that it was an honour to be a part of this brilliantly unique experience. Student Sergio Herfert said of his experience:

“Recording with Pete Smith at Hansa Studios has been the greatest recording session I’ve experienced so far. There was a great vibe and an intense interaction and creative exchange of ideas between the producer and the band. It definitely made us grow as a band! Lots of thanks to BIMM for making this happen!”

TRIXX Studios Engineer, Fabio, also felt the whole experience was a very positive one:

“It was great to work together with the students from BIMM Berlin. Their interest and advanced preparation for the recording sessions made everything run very smoothly. It’s always fun for me to work with talented musicians, and they most definitely are. There was a nice creative vibe in the studio!”

We’re so pleased the BIMM Berlin Album recording process ran without a hitch, and we can’t wait to hear the finished result in June. We’ll let you know exact release dates shortly!

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