Helping community find their musical talents

Steve Jones, the owner of Scout Hut Studio, right, with Paul Dolman, co-owner of Static Records
Steve Jones, the owner of Scout Hut Studio, right, with Paul Dolman, co-owner of Static Records

A WIGAN musician is aiming to help a new generation of stars after transforming a scout hut into a community recording studio.

Steve Jones, a former member of Moco who is now in The Shook-Ups, has opened Scout Hut Records, in Swinley, to help up-and-coming acts get their ideas down on disc.

Steve has set up the new venue with a grant from Wigan Council, allowing him to run the venue at low prices and with an emphasis on helping grass-roots musicians take their first steps in the industry.

Steve, 33, is also planning to team up with other independent music busineses in Wigan to help keep the borough’s conveyor belt of talent coming through.

He said: “I had been looking to start a recording studio but couldn’t find suitable premises. I had all but given up and then the perfect place came up at a very reasonable price.

“We’re aiming to work with the Youth Zone, so people can record ideas there and then bring them to us for the next stage of recording. We’ve also arranged with Static Records to sell any CDs which are produced here, just like in the old days.”

The venue now has a recording studio, with a lot of retro equipment influenced byfamous recording facilities such as Abbey Road, and a rehearsal room with instruments and amps available to hire.

Steve says he also hopes to train young Wiganers as recording engineers and run competitions to have MP3 tracks recorded using professional equipment.

For more information, visit www.scouthutrecords.co.uk