UK producer Batu has launched a brand new studio facility in Bristol that’s completely free to use for local artists suffering hardships right now. First Light Studio.
Situated at the Trinity Centre, funded by Dr Martens and established with a vision of levelling the playing field in Bristol’s thriving creative community, and breaking down all boundaries to access production, the studio will be a fully-equipped creative hub that provides grassroots opportunities for all artists who don’t have a studio of their own.
Applications are open to all local artists aged over 16 who wish to use the facilities. As well as studio sessions, First Light Studio will also be offering production masterclasses and workshops from many of the city’s leading lights as Sir Hiss, Hodge, Elder Island and Mix Nights who will all be providing classes in July.
“So many people have helped me along the way and I’ve received a huge amount of support from the community around me,” says Batu. “Privately renting a studio is an expense that is prohibitive for a lot of up and coming artists, and there should be more access for free. I’m really proud to bring First Light Studio to life with the support of Dr. Martens, and help give Bristol’s talented network of up and coming artists the support they need.”
As if years of austerity weren’t quite enough of a blow on funding or support for creatives, a year+ of COVID restrictions has left many artists in the most challenging situations they’ve ever faced. Batu and Dr Martens’ First Light Studio initiative is an exciting breath of air for one of the most producer-filled cities in the UK. All genres of music and levels of ability are welcome.