To celebrate the launch of our SS18 Field Army collection, we wanted to get back out there on the field, visiting good people doing good things, testing out our military-inspired workwear garb in situ, to find out how it stands up in the modern work place!
Last month, we headed down the road to a hidden gem in the middle of Market Harborough to meet up with friend of the brand Mike Heaps at Brickwork Studios to see how our fatigues stood up in a busy, studio environment!
We asked Mike to explain a little bit about how the idea for the studio first came about, what it's used for, and what his day-to-day can look like...
“Brickwork Studios was born out of Room for Music, a Harborough-based music workshop business that I setup in 2012. We provide live band and music tech workshops for people of all ages and abilities who are interested in working with other like-minded musicians. What we offer is an alternative to one on one tuition with the aim of encouraging musicians to collaborate, compose original music and perform live.
The workshops proved really popular and we started working with a lot of local community groups and events, providing various workshops and activities. As we started to grow during the first couple of years, we realised that there just wasn't anywhere locally for musicians to call home, particularly young musicians looking for somewhere to rehearse and record. So, we decided to setup a base in Harborough to provide much needed rehearsal and recording facilities, but also act as a hub for local musicians and a home for our workshops and other projects.
It took us about 2 years from having the initial idea to finding the right site and the necessary funding, then a lot of blood, sweat and tears before we finally opened the doors to Brickwork Studios in 2016. Since then the support we've had from the local music community has been amazing. We're setup as a not-for-profit community enterprise, so we rely on local musicians using the rehearsal rooms and recording facilities to keep the lights on! We didn't need to worry though, our rehearsal rooms are in use most nights of the week and we have a steady stream of clients using the recording facilities, which in turn allows us to fund a range of additional workshops and free volunteer-based projects like our community record label Somewhere Records and our annual music festival Somewhere Fest.”
"My role at the studio is pretty varied! Everything from doing the accounts and running the day to day business through to planning and delivering workshops and events, assisting our team of recording engineers and helping grow the record label and other projects.
The reason I started all of this up was because as a young musician myself, I remember everything clicking into place for me when I started getting into bands, writing my own music and playing gigs. Working through grades and getting one-on-one tuition to develop good technique is important, but it can be a little dry and a lot of young musicians quickly lose their enthusiasm and give up as a result. Music tends to be pushed down the list of priorities in our education system these days as well, despite the widely recognised benefits of creative and arts-based activities, and often young musicians just aren't able to access the opportunities they need to inspire and encourage them. One of our biggest goals at Room for Music and Brickwork Studios is to provide those opportunities for experimentation and growth, whatever your age and interest in music."
Thanks Mike - a more than worthy ambition, we think!