THIS WEEK: Solus Sound Studios
TOMÁS GORMLEY and Carl Keogh have been playing music together for years.
Currently in the band The Fever, they also operate Solus Sound Studios in Bray where three rehearsal rooms are kitted out with everything a band could need.
It’s tucked within the Solus Tower Estate through Corke Abbey, far enough off the beaten track for creative spirits.
‘We originally set it up just for ourselves,’ explained Tomás, otherwise known as ‘Moss.’
It was their own rehearsal space, however friends in the music world also availed of what was just one room to start with.
It occurred to them that this could be a viable business, and certainly something the music community in the area needed.
There are speakers, amps, PA desks, leads galore, drumkits and musical instruments. The walls are covered in soundproof material and the floors in carpets.
There’s also a kitchen with a big comfy sofa in which to relax.
‘It’s one thing doing it for yourself but opening up the facility we had to make sure we had what people needed,’ said Carl.
In the early days the bands using the facility were friends of Carl and Moss. More and more musicians heard about it and the business became steadier.
‘We cover the bills,’ they said, adding that what they get out of it is the use of the place for themselves as well as getting to meet musicians and being at the centre of a vibrant community.
They added a third room in the hopes of expanding and so far any profit made has gone back in to maintaining equipment and upgrading rooms.
They both have ‘day jobs’ so to speak, with Carl working in electronics and Tomás for local language school English Language Centre Ireland.
Their seed capital was a combination of savings and bank finance. ‘We weren’t getting a penny out of it and doing absolutely everything to build the place up,’ said Tomás.
Word of mouth has been the primary means of marketing for Solus to date, which is invaluable amongst music people.
‘We see all walks of life, ages and different types of music here,’ said the lads, adding that some come to write, some to tighten their set, others just for fun and one man to play drums by himself.
While a recording studio may be part of the future for Solus, that’s not going to be for a while. ‘We’re not there yet,’ said Tomás, adding that there would be a massive outlay for a professional standard studio.
‘Some months we think we might not get across the line but we always have covered the bills,’ they said, adding that they are proud to remain operational and growing in their second year.
For more information go to www.solussoundstudios.com.
Carl Keogh and Tomas Gormley at Solus Sound Studios.