Welcome to Café Music Studios, a professional recording studio full of style, creativity and atmosphere. Situated in the heart of Bow, we are the most artist-centered recording environment in town. Famed for its warm ambience, Café Music has been favourited by many artists including Brian Eno, Coldplay, Imogen Heap, KT Tunstall, King Creosote, Jon Hopkins & Brett Anderson. We believe in providing not only the best audio quality but help and guidance through every step of the recording process.
At Café Music Studios we have 2 recording suites. The main studio is a full live facility with well-honed acoustics and an amazing feel. The room is equipped with high-end analog class-A preamps, EQs, compressors and array of vintage/brand new microphones for state-of-art recording quality.
The second room is our piano room. It is acoustically treated for maximum clarity and can also be used for our additional mixing/mastering services – we welcome mixing and mastering requests for ongoing projects from other studios.
Our extensive skills and knowledge in mixing and mastering, combined with well-tuned room acoustics and precision monitoring, results in pristine mixes and masters ready for professional release.
Café Music is not just a recording studio but also a centre for developing, nurturing and progressing the career paths of talented artists and musicians. With our vast range of experience and credentials, the Café Music team are dedicated to seeing the full process through; from the writing, development and production to the marketing routes and future placements of the artist, record or composition.
We pride ourselves on making artists feel comfortable during their time with us. We have a cosy lounge with a great sound-system for playback, a kitchen with free tea and coffee, and we can store your gear during block-bookings.
Situated in the heart of East London, we are easily accessible by bus, tube and DLR, and we have space right outside the studio for loading/ unloading.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
Mark Sutherland: Company Director/Producer
Studio manager and general hang-about Mark Sutherland started his music industry career playing the guitar in a late seventies cult punk band the Disco Zombies, which included co-members Andy Ross (Food Records, Blur) and Dave Henderson (Kerrang, Q awards, Mixmag, Glastonbury). Following the cult success of the Disco Zombie records Mark took his musical skills and knowledge, as well as his experience working in legendary recording studios – including Trident, Basing Street, Ampro and Swanyard – and founded Café Music.
Since then Mark has inspired a whole host of incredible talent to walk through the Café Music doors: from Brian Eno and Bat For Lashes, to Imogen Heap, Beth Orton and Mercury Award nominee Jon Hopkins.
Cherif Hashizume: Engineer/Producer/Programmer
Born in Kobe, Japan, Cherif Hashizume moved to UK at the age of 18. During his college years he met Café Music director Mark Sutherland and very quickly became a key part of the studio as the head engineer and producer.
Cherif has worked on various albums including: Brian Eno and David Byrne’s “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today”; Jon Hopkins’ “Immunity”/“Insides”; King Creosote & Jon Hopkins “Diamond Mine”; PVT “Homosapian”/“Church with No Magic” and many more. Cherif has also released his own music via De-fence Records and Humble Soul Records including the original track “Empyrean Helix” featuring Tina Grace (Nitin Sawhney) and remix of Vena Portae’s “All Will Be Well”.
Café Music has been his home for more than 10 years, and his vast knowledge and skills in acoustic recording, production, programming, software development, mixing and mastering have been hailed by many well established artists.