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Old 14th August 2007
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Originally Posted by squeeks555 View Post
well here is the offical press release about the lofts. theres not many details, its more about the history of cherokee and about the robb brothers, but thats all i got for now. and they are not rebuilding studio 1. more info will come.

Historic Recording Studio to become Green Development

Cherokee Studios—one of the first independent music recording studios in the country—will close its doors forever on Aug. 31 2007, its scheduled demolition actually paving the way for the future of sustainable recording. Cherokee, the birthplace of nearly 300 gold & platinum selling albums, has catered to music industry royalty at 751 N. Fairfax Avenue for the past 32 years. The Robb brothers—Dee, Joe & Bruce Robb—who made music history by founding Cherokee, will now attempt to make history again by partnering with RE-Think Development Corp. to build the first-of-their-kind green "Cherokee Music Lofts" on the site of their landmark location.

The Studio

Cherokee actually began in 1971 as a converted Chatsworth ranch barn, with a tree growing right through the middle. Attracting friends & fellow artists who wanted to escape the corporate-run studios, Cherokee became a serious player after cutting its first gold album—Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic. Ironically, the Robbs purchased 751 N. Fairfax from MGM Records after a sheriff's raid closed their Chatsworth location for operating as an "illegal" home studio. Redesigning the new Hollywood space themselves, the Robbs opened Cherokee's doors in 1975 to immediately play host to a string of rock's royalty from Elton John to David Bowie, Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa and Madonna to Kanye West. The studio also became a favorite of the film & television industry, with over 100 major motion picture credits, including Saturday Night Fever, Twins, and Shrek, and TV hits like "Twin Peaks."

The Robb Brothers

Dee, Joe, & Bruce Robb, the brother owners of Cherokee, are also successful producers & engineers. They began their careers as a folk-rock band known as "The Robbs." They toured constantly. Trading the classroom for life on the road, youngest brother, Bruce Robb began touring at only 13. Discovered by Dick Clark, they came to California to star as the house band for Clark's daily TV show "Where the Action Is," consequently becoming the most publicized band in America. Frustrated by the long wait to access their label's studio, the Robbs set out to build their own. They created, what was supposed to be, a private rehearsal/demo recording space. The little home studio became an artist's haven as word leaked to fellow musicians. The success of Pretzel Logic turned the Robbs into full-time studio owners, producers & engineers.

Says Bruce Robb, "Sure I'm nostalgic about the end of an era, but I'm in the middle of a movie, and have 3 albums to finish. So, luckily, I don't have time to get too sentimental right now." His company Bruce Robb Productions has been contracted to do the full score & soundtrack for the feature "Love N' Dancing," while Bruce's indie label Quarter2Three Records has signed 3 new artists.

RE-Think Development & Cherokee Music Lofts

With so many large studios closing, what might seem a natural step in the evolution of design may prove as revolutionary & influential as their first studio. RE-Think Development's Greg Reitz & Steve Edwards have partnered with environmental philanthropist Bruce Robb & his brothers, Dee & Joe, to turn the facility into a sustainable LEED silver certified multi-use structure. The lofts will be a live/work space for producers, engineers & artists. Having designed many studios for themselves, the Robbs will design the new acoustic loft recording studios. As 751 N. Fairfax vanishes, joining Hollywood architectural legends like The Brown Derby, Chasin's Restaurant and The Ambassador Hotel, new Cherokee Studios promise to make history again.
cool, thanks man!