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Amazon Music and Metropolis Studios open The Breakthrough Lab studio for emerging artists

Amazon Music and Metropolis Studios have announced the launch of a new production studio alongside their existing state-of-the-art spatial audio facility which they collaborated on in 2021.

Both will be made available to the songwriting and emerging artist community as part of an ongoing commitment to support developing talent.

Named The Breakthrough Lab, the studio has been designed to provide producers, songwriters and artists with a space to write, record and mix in.

Whether making beats, tracking live, recording vocals or bunkering down for an intensive writing session, the multi-functional hub has been opened to enable artists to cover every aspect of production to the highest degree.

Building on existing artist development programmes that Amazon Music offers including Ones to Watch, Breakthrough and the Step Up Fund, the new production studio will be available to rising talent as a unique environment to hone their skills, and produce exclusive content releases for Amazon Music.

The space will also be used to host songwriters, providing opportunities for future stars to compose brand new music in a state-of-the-art facility.

The latest venture with Amazon Music and Metropolis Studios follows a successful content collaboration which saw the launch of its 11.2.8 spatial mix studio in its West London complex, enabling artists to unlock the exciting potential of immersive audio.

Serving as Amazon Music’s HQ for immersive mixing over the last two years, artists have included the likes of Major Lazer, Jack Savoretti, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Anne Marie, Olivia Dean, George Ezra, Chase & Status, The Wombats and countless others.

“At Amazon Music we are committed to supporting emerging artists, songwriters and producers and helping them on their musical journeys,” said Laura Lukanz, head of music industry, UK, Australia and New Zealand at Amazon Music.

“The expansion of our partnership with Metropolis Studio will give them the opportunity to create music at one of the most prestigious studios in the world with state-of-the-art equipment with support from world class industry professionals.”

“Producers and engineers work in a very different way from how they used to 30 years ago,” added Gavin Newman, partnerships director at Metropolis Studios.

“It’s so important for us as a studio to cater to their changing needs and to nurture the next generation of trailblazers. Our ongoing work with Amazon Music really reflects these ideals, a combined commitment to technical innovation with music and music-makers firmly at the core.”

The ‘Producer Sessions’ live stream series, featuring renowned musicians and engineers, kicked off in August in The Breakthrough Lab – it’s new home – with music duo Disclosure challenged to remix two iconic tracks live to fans on the Amazon Music UK channel on Twitch in 90 mins.

Future sessions include grime legend P Money who joined forces with drum & bass innovator Whiney with more to be announced soon.