A place to make mu­sic

Moe and Natalie Hashie open The Re­hearsal Spot, a stu­dio for any­one in­volved with mu­si­cal ac­tiv­i­ties

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY ANCELENE MACKIN­NON SUM­MER­SIDE TC ME­DIA

When Moe Hashie sits be­hind the drum kit his mind is clear — just him and the mu­sic in the mo­ment.

Hashie has been play­ing in bands since he was nine years old and al­ways hav­ing a place to re­hearse al­lowed him the cre­ative free­dom to im­prove on his skills, which is im­per­a­tive for mu­si­cians.

That’s why Moe and his wife, Natalie, de­cided to open The Re­hearsal Spot, a ful­lye­quipped rentable stu­dio for any­one look­ing to re­hearse, record, teach pri­vate lessons or write mu­sic.

“It’s so con­ve­nient. I just think of peo­ple who live in apart­ment build­ings or don’t have the means to find a re­hearsal spot,” he said.

The stu­dio pro­vides a pro­fes­sional sound sys­tem, four mon­i­tors and mi­cro­phones, a five-piece drum kit, gui­tar and bass amps and more.

Moe has been in the band Edge with three of his best friends for the last 16 years; they also have a side pro­ject called the Saul Good Band.

“It doesn’t mat­ter to me if there are 10 peo­ple or 2,000 peo­ple, just as long as they’re there to en­joy the mu­sic,” he said.

“It has been the most en­rich­ing part of my life. It has opened many doors.

“I’ve recorded in many stu­dios through­out Canada. I’ve recorded with many artists; I’ve played in many bands.”

Moe said he and Natalie had a dif­fi­cult past year with the death of their son.

“Our three-year-old son, An­drew, passed away in Jan­uary 2015. We were at the IWK for four months.

“When we came home I had a de­ci­sion to make. I know what my son, An­drew, would have wanted me to do.

“Even if I didn’t feel like it, I started play­ing in the band again, and it was the most ther­a­peu­tic thing I could have done.”

The cou­ple is ex­cited to of­fer the ser­vice af­ter com­ing up with the idea two years ago.

“To re­hearse in a real re­hearsal spot with qual­ity in­stru­ments, which won’t bother any­one, is great,” said Moe. “I would be ex­cited again if I was that nine-year-old or 15-yearold, and to have that op­por­tu­nity would be so much fun.”

They rec­og­nized there was a need in the com­mu­nity.

“This is a place for peo­ple to come to­gether, share their mu­sic and work on de­vel­op­ing their tal­ent,” said Natalie.

She would love to see the space booked on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. It’s open seven days a week from 10 a.m. un­til 10 p.m. at 316 Glenn Dr., Lin­klet­ter.

The Re­hearsal Spot is hav­ing an open house to­day, 2-4 p.m. All are wel­come.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call 902-436-8334, emailthere­hearsalspot­pei@gmail.com or visit their Face­book page un­der The Re­hearsal Spot P.E.I.

ANCELENE MACKINON/TC ME­DIA

Natalie and Moe Hashie opened The Re­hearsal Spot re­cently, which is a rentable stu­dio for peo­ple look­ing to re­hearse, record, teach or write mu­sic.

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