Beau­ti­ful mu­sic

THIS WEEK: So­lus Sound Stu­dios

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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.

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Carl Keogh and To­mas Gorm­ley at So­lus Sound Stu­dios.

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