Park Studios in 2017 is a newly refurbished and upgraded version of an already great recording studio. Let’s just say that we have added quite a few things and features to this fine studio complex. We have built a brand new studio suite in the old lounge room and we have added a new Avid S6 mixing desk and a lot of new, but mostly vintage, outboard to the main control room. And of course a lot of great sounding instruments!
But it isn’t just the studio that’s changed. After most of Kent left the building last year, guitarist Sami Sirviö and producer Stefan Boman remained here. Together with creative director and photographer Jörgen Ringstrand they started a new company with a clear vision of how they wanted the business of music and recordings to be orchestrated from now on. They also brought in Peter Ejheden, and with him came artist friendly ideas about how to run the record label and publishing.
The Company is divided into 4 closely knit departments. The self-explanatory Park Studios runs recordings and rehearsals in all studio facilities, Park Creative that works mainly with graphic design, photography and the wonderful world of advertising, psykbunkern is the new record label and publishing company and Park Live that will be our live venue upstairs at Park Folkets Hus, where we will host showcases, release parties and selected concerts.
The Park Studios History
Park Studios was originally built in 1977 by Karl-Axel “Acke” Gårdebäck. In the following 26 years artist of all genres visited and recorded a great number of records here. Reeperbahn, Docent Död and Thomas Di Leva all recorded their debut albums here, Magnus Uggla recorded both Den Ljusnande Framtid Är Vår and Välkommen till Folkhemmet, parts of Ulf Lundells Kär och Galen were recorded here at Park Studios, and well known artists like Secret Service, Problem, Stina Nordenstam, Lustans Lakejer, Susanne Alfvengren, Army of Lovers, Mikael Rickfors, Ace of Base, Hanoi Rocks, Noice, The Boppers, Lasse Tennander, Louise Hoffsten, Gunnar Wiklund, Trazan & Banarne, Magnum Bonum, Factory, Anders F. Rönnblom, Attack, Harpo, Ulf Lundell, Jukka Tolonen, Peps Persson, Mikael Ramel, Mona Seilitz, Svenne & Lotta, Py Bäckman, The Torpedoes, Tredje Mannen, Niels Jensen, Cotton Club, Peps Persson, Ojj! 600 (Stig Vig & Zilverzurfarn), Jahn Teigen & Anita Skorgan, Annica Boller, Tone Norum, Army of Lovers, Mats Ronander, Lars Demian, Talisman, Louise Hoffsten, Roxette med Ratata och Eva Dahlgren all made recordings here during these years.
The Kent Years 2004-2016:
In 2004 Swedish band Kent and producer Stefan Boman, formerly at Polar Studios, decided to buy the Park Studios and during these years most of the Kent records was rehearsed, recorded and produced in the Park Studios. Du & Jag Döden, The Hjärta och Smärta EP, Tillbaka till Samtiden, Röd, En Plats i Solen, Jag Är Inte Rädd För Mörkret, Tigerdrottningen and Då Som Nu För Alltid are all completely or in parts made at Park Studios, or Psykbunkern as it became known. Videos and photo shoots were sometimes made here, and production rehearsals for tours as well.
The Park Studios became the home of both great creativity and great production, and that is how we will keep it, but now even more open for anybody to record, write, produce, mix or to rehearse in this amazing environment.
Aside from all the Kent recordings quite a few other well known artists visited these premises during this time: The Hellacopters, Salem al Fakir, The Hives, Carolina Wallin Pérez, The Solution, Hello Saferide, Camera Obscura, Lisa Miskovsky, Backyard Babies, Bo Kaspers Orkester, Death Breath, Erik Hassle, Marit Bergman, Abalone Dots, Michael Monroe, Soen, Imperial State Electric, Sonic Mist, Nisse Hellberg, Linnea Henriksson, Little Jinder, Jonathan Johansson, Poets Of The Fall and Amanda Jenssen have all been here to record and/or mix music during this period.