Whether you've heard of Eastcote studios or not, chances are it's created some of the music you love.
The studios were established by Chaz Jankel from Ian Dury & The Blockheads, and young musician and engineer, Philip Bagenal, in 1980. The pair set up Eastcote in a canal-side warehouse in Ladbroke Grove, which was formerly home to Walters Manufacturing Co, an electrical company that made the parts for Morse code and telegraph systems. This place was forever destined to be filled with wires and noise.
Over the next 40 years, Eastcote Studios welcomed and inspired a slew of great musicians: The Pogues, Depeche Mode, Nina Hagen, Grace Jones, Placebo. It's where Massive Attack laid down their seminal album Blue Lines, and where Lil Peep spent two weeks finishing up his debut album Come Over When You're Sober, Pt.1, just months before his untimely death.
While other legendary London studios like The Townhouse, Mayfair and Olympic have fallen by the wayside, Eastcote lives on — used and adored today by the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Wolf Alice and Adele.
In his book Like Trying To Catch Lightning In A Bottle, producer Martin Terefe looks back on four decades at Eastcote, which he now owns.
Recalling his first visit to the studios, Terefe says: "The place was like an eccentric's living room... I realised that's exactly what it was... it was one of those magical spaces that instantly make you want to be creative and leave your preconceived ideas behind. I loved it. I loved it so much that it changed the way I thought of recording forever and it would come to shape my career as a record producer."
The book captures the messy sense of adventure created in the studios, which, over the years, has accumulated a vast array of musical and recording equipment, some of it state-of-the-art, some of it antique.
Terefe interviews engineers, producers and artists that witnessed (and created) the magic and mayhem first-hand, recalling the time Mark E Smith hoovered up cocaine from the floor of studio one, and when Depeche Mode front man David Gahan forgot an entire 18-month recording session.
Musical experiments, rock n' roll tantrums and flashes of genius are all covered, making Like Trying To Catch Lightning In A Bottle something of a must-read for musos.
Aside from its countless anecdotes, the book is peppered with candid photos — many of which haven't seen the light for years — including the artists at work and play, and Philip Bagenal and Chaz Jankel keeping things ticking behind the scenes.
Eastcote's most debauched days might be mostly behind it but Like Trying To Catch Lightning In A Bottle suggests there's plenty of life in the old thing yet.
Like Trying To Catch Lightning In A Bottle by Martin Terefe, published by Thames & Hudson, RRP £35