Nestled in the rolling coastal hills of Exmoor in South West England, Devon Analogue caters to electronic artists looking to get out of the club and into nature. Since its opening in 2017, the space has hosted artists like Disclosure, Skream, Yaeji, Bicep and Calvin Harris. The latest artist has brought collaborators such as Pharrell Williams, Busta Rhymes, Normani and Tinashe with him while recording his latest album, this year’s. Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2at the workshop.
“The workflow there is perfect and really motivated me and [my live engineer Francine Perry] about how we want to build our new studio,” says UK producer HAAi, who recently spent time working with Devon Analogue’s vast collection of synthesizers and admiring the area’s vast fields – and the cows there. live – from the mixing board. “It’s a real piece of paradise.”
Tristan Grace, who created and runs the studio with his wife, Elley, shares more about the facility.
We wanted to twist the concept of the classic, rural, British residential studio that was at its height between the 1990s and 2000s, especially with legendary British studios such as Ridge Farm and Rockfield Studio playing a major role in everyone recording , from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Sade, Oasis, EMF and Portishead to the Stone Roses. We wanted to create a similar studio and living environment with the same vibe for house, techno and electronic artists.
It was, and certainly is, our mission continues to be an electronic sound-focused facility. When we originally planned the idea – it was conceptualised, as they say, on the back of a beer coaster in our local pub – there wasn’t really a business plan, just an idea of the space and its use in the scene. It is important to note that a key aspect was to create a space accessible both to unsigned artists starting their journey, to those preparing their first record, and then to the most established electronic artists internationally.
We view our space as a creative room rather than a stereotypical control room. We wanted a flow and a workshop vibe. We have a large collection of amazing synthesizers, drum machines and weird instruments, all of which are instantly ready to record without faffing.
Obviously the primary function is the studio, but so is the space, the location, enjoying the Devon countryside, golden sandy beaches, eating great food and having fun outside of sessions. The studio is very rural, located in the hills. You are surrounded by farmland and forest walks. You arrive and disconnect from the daily draws you might have in your usual check-in environment. Artists get everything from complete privacy; peace; tranquility; our friendly dogs, Larry and Eve; and very, very fresh air. All of these elements, in our opinion, directly feed into an artist’s ambitions for their project here and emerge from their music!
This story originally appeared in the October 8, 2022 issue of Billboard.