New music studio launched in historic Stoke-on-Trent Chapel



Musician Mark Eyden has opened a recording studio in a historic chapel.

The 41-year-old spent several months creating Sun Street Studios with the aim of providing a space for musicians.

And Mark, from Caverswall, is no stranger to the industry having already lined up as a guitarist with North Staffordshire band Marlo – which won a BBC talent competition.

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Now he will offer his knowledge to the Shelton-based studio.

Mark also rents part of the studio from Matt Cooke, who runs Synkronize Music Group, previously located on London Road.

He said: “It was a chapel in the 1850s and over the years there have been a lot of different things.

“I bought it in 2020 and have been working on it ever since, and I’m just getting to the end of it now.

“We hope to open at the start of the year.

“It’s been 18 months of hard work – I’ve been recording and producing stuff for people for a long time.

Mark Eyden has set up a music studio in Sun Street Hanley Mark Eyden in his studio

“I also play guitar, bass and piano and have been a music technician at St Joseph’s for 10 years.

“I make the sound for events and musical productions.”

Mark found himself in the studio in the 1990s when Marlo won the BBC’s Get Your Act Together music show.

He was then able to work with producer Gus Dudgeon, who produced both Elton John and David Bowie, and then Stuart Epps, who produced for Led Zeppelin, who began his love for recording.

Mark said: “I have enjoyed performing, writing and recording ever since. Both for myself, in various bands and for other people.

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“I still play in a band called The KMK with my brother Dan Eyden.

“I always wanted to have my own space to record.

“With the pandemic, I had some free time for school and started renovating it.

“It gave me the chance to be able to devote some time to construction.

“It wasn’t cheap.

“I feel relieved and excited now, and I am delighted to get back to producing and recording.

“I’m really proud of it and hope it will be an audio hub for the region.”

Sun Street Studios will be fully open to business for anyone looking for audio or video recording services starting in the new year.

Inside the building, the ground floor is made up of Sun Street Studios and the mezzanine is a control room for Synkronize.

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