During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the UK’s 1600-plus nightclubs and live music venues were facing indefinite closure before the government stepped in with a grant to keep them open. The pandemic hit the industry hard, and it may take months—years even—for normality to fully resume.
For West London’s Tape London, however, their plan to merge nightlife with the music business has allowed them to shift their focus away from hosting hedonistic nights and towards their long-term goal of creating music in the same building. With producers on their roster and a recording studio next door, Tape has been able to bring to life the idea of having artists partying in the club and then recording tracks with them in the very same night. Their advanced studio features the only pair of PMC QB1 XBD speakers in the UK, which allow for crystal-clear audio to be pumped out in a soundproof room that blocks out the sound you typically hear in other parts of a club.
The late Pop Smoke, Migos, Ludacris and Stormzy are just a few of the rap elite that have made music in Tape’s studio off the back of partying in the club, while the likes of Drake, Travis Scott, Future, Ella Mai, Koffee and Cardi B have performed live in front of small crowds of around 300, the club’s capacity. One night last year, AJ Tracey, MoStack and Steel Banglez were partying at Tape with their respective crews and, somehow, the stars aligned and they ended up hitting the studio next door. The end result was the chart-invading “Fashion Week”, which in-house producers The Elements had a big hand in. The track peaked at No. 7 and spent 15 weeks in the official singles chart. Tape was also involved in another recent hit: Tion Wayne,