Looking for places to practise your music with good rates? These affordable music studios in Singapore will make sure you’re ready for that gig
Be honest with yourself: unless you’re a Mozart-level natural, you can’t be a rockstar without practice. For any musician, old or new, the jamming studio is perhaps the most important area in a musician’s line of work. Not only do these well-maintained studios provide instruments and equipment, they’re also affordable too, presuming you’re splitting with your bandmates. So don’t disturb the neighbours; here are 12 hand-picked jamming studios in Singapore for your inner Janis Joplin to shine.
The Music Parlour
If famous names in the music scene like Charlie Lim and Dru Chen have chosen this studio to host their performances, you know you can’t doubt the street cred of this place! The Music Parlour (pictured above) is sneakily hidden behind bookcases, which slide away to reveal an industrial interior and quality selection of guitars, drums, and amps. The four rooms here range from Small to X-Large.
The Music Parlour, 3 Coleman Street, #04-20 Peninsula Shopping Centre, Singapore 179804, p. 8511 6989. Studio rates: $15/hr, $25/hr, $30/hr, $40/hr. Additional charge of $5 after 10pm.
Music Ensemble Jamming Studios
With the adrenaline that kicks in when you’re jamming out “Living On A Prayer”, it’s easy to feel tempted to invest in some music gear post-sesh. And thankfully, Music Ensemble is more than just a music studio. Aside from having four sound-proofed studios to rock out in, Music Ensemble also houses a retail store where you can buy everything from new axes to pretty amps.
Music Ensemble Jamming Studios, #03-09 Parklane Shopping Mall, 35 Selegie Road, Singapore 188307, p. 6338 1210. Studio rates: $21/hr, $21/hr, $22/ hr, and $20/hr. Peak charges apply.
Alliance Music Group
If metal bands such as Kamelot and Nightwish are your cup of tea, then you’ll feel right at home here, as the owner of this much-frequented studio is a fan of devil horns himself. Lined with heavy metal posters, this studio boasts a spacious main studio – couch included for the +1s! – with equipment that can accommodate an eight-person band (we’ve boldly attempted this from past experience).
Alliance Music Group, 100 Jalan Sultan, Sultan Plaza #02-43, Singapore 199001. Studio rates: $17/hr, $18/hr, $21/hr, $24/hr.
When your band members are strewn all over Singapore, the central area is always the ideal place to meet. Shiinstudio fits the bill perfectly; not only is it conveniently located at Clarke Quay, its equipment are always well maintained (’cos who wants a snapped string or broken snare when you’re jamming, right?). Looking to produce your first EP? The studio comes equipped with its own recording studio too.
Shiinstudio, 39 North Canal Rd, Singapore 059295, p. 9878 4628. Studio rates: $20/hr.
The Basement Studio
If you’re itching for a jam after a hard day’s work, Basement studios is an ideal location with its central location. Located at Golden Mile Tower, this place comes with its own recording room with state-of-the-art equipment, and is helmed by well-versed local musicians, Yazzit Ismail (from Wicked Aura) and Ritz Ang (from Riot !n Magenta and The Summer State). In goods hands at The Basement? Definitely.
The Basement Studio, 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, #B1-84, Singapore 199589. Studio rates: $25/hr, additional $5 charge from 12am-6pm.
Music is serious business, and the team at Backbeat Studios knows this well. Sound engineer Frank Lee, who’s worked with household names like Dick Lee, Kit Chan, and JJ Lin, designed the rehearsal studios at Backbeat, and the dimensions are calculated down to a T to squeeze every drop of audial goodness during jam sessions.
Backbeat Studios, 215A Jalan Besar, Singapore 208898, p. 9677 5539. Studio rates: $20/hr.
The Analog Factory
Jamming is classy business at the Analog Factory; rock out amidst warm lamps and modern wood panels that double up as soundproofed walls. If the main studio at Woodlands is a tad too far, then head for their newly opened studio at *SCAPE.
The Analog Factory, 21 Woodlands Close, Singapore 737854, p. 8189 4361. Studio rates: $25/hr, $35/hr.
TNT Music Productions
Ask any local musician who’s been around for a while, and they’ll definitely give a salute to K.K Wong (AKA Ah Boy) who runs this famous studio. Although this seasoned establishment has just one jamming room, it is impeccably mic-ed up (including every crucial component of the drums), so you can even record your session and turn your hours of hard work into a demo!
TNT Music Productions, 35 Selegie Road, #03-22, Parklane Shopping Mall, Singapore 188307, p. 6338 5065. Studio rates: $18/hr.
Silent Studio at library@esplanade
Worried about people on the outside judging you ’cos you haven’t practised that guitar solo yet? The Silent Studio delivers on its name: the music you play in the studio feeds into a computer, and will be sent back to you live via headphones, so your jam sessions will be noise-free but productive. So strum away without worry!
Silent Studio, library@esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave, 03-01 Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 039802, p. 6332 3255. Studio rates: $6.50/hr.
Is your band ready for some serious gigs, but you don’t know where to start? The old-timers at Live AMP are ready to help! Aside from renting out studios for rehearsals and recordings, this popular venue also has a ‘Jam with the Chiefs’ session to showcase the talents of others onstage.
Live AMP, 34 Craig Road, #B1-08 Chinatown Plaza, Singapore 089673, p. 9385 7089. Studio rates: $23/hr, $26/hr, $26/hr, $20/hr. Change in charges before 6pm and after midnight.
Local musicians and gig-goers islandwide shed some tears when it was announced that Lithe Paralogue was closing down, ’til it rose from the ashes as the rebranded LITHE HOUSE. Run by the folks behind Lithe Records, who often do recording and mixing services for harder-hitting bands, this household name amongst the scenesters carries with it lots of cred a strong sense of community. You’ll also find heaps of local releases here on sale.
Lithe House, 23 Madras Street, Singapore 208418, p. 9270 8017. Studio rates: $25/hr.
You know you can trust a jamming studio when its owners are musicians themselves. You’ll find Plugged Studios on the fringes of Orchard Road near Tanglin Shopping Centre, run by Junaidi Kusnong – respected drummer of Amateur Takes Control and T-Rex – and his wife. The relatively new studio (which means top-notch equipment) has two rooms available: a small room for $17 an hour, and a big room for $25 an hour.
Plugged Studios, #06-05/06 Ming Arcade, 21 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249720, p. 9180 4371. Studio rates: $17/hr, $25/hr, no surcharge after midnight.