Young musos get a space to play Studio space for musos
YOUNG musos looking for a place to rehearse need look no further than the industrial estate in Murwillumbah.
There, in an acoustically treated building in Buchanan St, they will find Creative Studios, the brainchild of veteran singer/songwriter Chantal Waters.
The studios, with three distinct rehearsal/performance rooms and up to date equipment ready to plug into, are the resulting of an evolving 15-year-old dream, Ms Waters said.
"I've long wanted to provide space in Murwillumbah to be a hub for local musicians and other creatives," she said.
Along with practice space, there's a basic recording studio and facilities for amp and guitar repairs, vintage instruments and equipment for sale and even costume design.
Guitar lessons, singing and voice training and instruction in the banjo, mandolin, ukulele, keyboard s and drums are also available, either one-on-one or in one of the many weekend workshops.
A recent workshop weekend included classes in guitar maintenance, djembe drumming, songwriting, and even psychic and personal development.
Ms Waters is a busy, multi-talented musician, though she had to withdraw from her most recent band, Good Times, to concentrate on the studios.
Now she is in a duo named Anti-gravity with Carl Smith, and an all-woman trio called Squeeze, who are booked to play the Twilight races on December 12.
The studio is hosting a jam night once a month, with three rooms being used at once, most recently for rock, semi-acoustic and bluegrass.
Those under-18 can rent a rehearsal room for four hours and pay just $30.
And they will be treated, Ms Waters said "like royalty" - just as all her clients are.