Rob Eckland is an extraordinarily talented young musician whose credits include the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic games as a drum captain. Where does Rob record his music? He has a studio in his parent’s garden near Watford.
In October/November 2011, Rob had received a call from The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) asking if he would be one of 20 professional drum captains for the Opening ceremony.
“My drumming hero, Ralph Salmins, got me involved,” Rob said.
“He was my professor when I was at Royal College of Music and he is the country’s leading Session Drummer, the absolute top of his field, so it was a huge, huge honour for me to even be considered.”
Yet since June 2012, Rob has been based in the studio at his parent’s home, David and Mary Eckland.
Rob had moved home intending on having a rough shelter for a studio in the garden. His dad, David, had decided on something more resilient.
“Our son was about to move back home. He said he would like to ‘put a garage’ in the garden to use as a studio. We did not like the idea of a rather flimsy garage being constructed, and we instead looked at something more robust, that we could also use for our purposes,” David said.
David Eckland scoured the internet and found that the Gembuild garden studio designs were a good price.
“We undertook an extensive search on the internet, and came up with Gembuild. They have lots of flexibility around size and style, and we could also customise to a large extent. The buildings are robust, and the price is OK,” David said.
Having his own, local studio, means that Rob can now get things done quickly.
“I don’t have to travel to other studios in order to get things done” Rob said.
“I can do everything from home essentially.”
“I have been the arranger of two touring shows, The Twist and Only Yesterday, where I did all of this from my studio. I’ve also been able to record many singers and instrumentalists in there for varying projects.
“It is a good size and Gembuild incorporated a Vocal Booth in the corner”
“This means I can record the vocals properly in there, and I can also, if I want, record Brass/Wind instruments there. It has been fully padded out with foam in order to make it a very dry room so that I can record it completely dead and add special effects on later.
“There’s also a window there looking through to the control desk so I can see who I am working with.”
Currently touring as Musical director for Soul Sister, Rob’s abilities are bona fide.
Although outside his studio you won’t hear it, inside the sounds are varied.
“The main recording stuff I’ve done in there so far is Pop/Soul/Acoustic stuff. I’ve got backgrounds in Classical/Pop/Soul/Gospel/Latin/Big-Band/Rock/Motown/Acoustic so I imagine they will all play a part in there at some stage, “ Rob said.
Rob is actually a Pianist, a Musical Director and an Arranger. He has been a pianist since three years old. Rob’s reach will be far.
Although the Gembuild office took a bit of planning and moving things around now Rob has his own studio as a base as well as a record of his work and a home for his recording equipment.