Musicians who go to radio station KEXP’s new house at Seattle Heart will get to play in a state-of-the-art stay efficiency studio, with high-tech lighting and a video manufacturing staff capturing their performances for music followers round the world.
However a extra modest room, simply down the corridor, demonstrates what really units KEXP’s new house aside. It’s a devoted storage room for visiting bands’ journey instances, so they’ll go away their devices and gear at the station for the day with out concern.
“Artists are tethered to their vans,” defined Kevin Cole, KEXP’s afternoon DJ, giving a tour of the house this week. “They don’t ever wish to go away their vans on the street since you’ve heard the horror tales of substances getting stolen. We would like artists to have a nice expertise in Seattle, and we wish them to get out and discover. So if they arrive to do a session right here, they’ll retailer their gear all day.”
Such a luxurious wouldn’t have been possible at KEXP’s cramped, 6,500-square-foot former house throughout city. The case storage room illustrates the sorts of considerate touches that the radio station has added as a part of its transfer to the renovated 28,000-square-foot house on the northwest nook of the Seattle Heart grounds, designed by SkB Architects.
KEXP will hold a grand opening event on Saturday, open to the public. We bought a sneak peek of the house this week as a part of a media preview. Proceed studying for footage and notes.
For visiting bands, the storage room isn’t the solely amenity. The inexperienced room is fairly candy, full with a bathe, kitchenette, basic furnishings and wallpaper simply begging for artists’ signatures.
Different distinctive features of the house embody a public stage for performances, which was damaged in by English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock at this week’s media preview.
The open foyer options the first-ever espresso store operated by espresso machine maker La Marzocco, which has its U.S. headquarters in Seattle. “Hopefully this turns into a central catalyst for folks in Seattle understanding what’s taking place in the impartial espresso motion round the world — similar to KEXP does for music,” mentioned Scott Callender of La Marzocco.
The station’s new house additionally supplies much more room for manufacturing and music storage.
KEXP’s program director and DJs have a lengthy custom of writing notes to one another on album and CD covers, creating a historic archive of music commentary in analog type.