In the '60s, two Welsh brothers turned their dairy farm into one of the most successful recording studios of all time, producing decades of legendary music. Featuring interviews with Robert Plant and members of Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, Stone Roses and more, this is the fascinating story of Rockfield.
Let Harry Potter have Hogwarts. Artists like Oasis, Rush, Robert Plant and the Cure will take Rockfield. Surrounded by rolling hills, green pastures and Jersey cows, and framed by quaint brick buildings and half walls, the Welsh farm that doubles as an improbable recording studio touts a clear advantage over the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Unlike the J.K. Rowling creation to which Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin compares it in “Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm,” Rockfield is entirely real.
Professional studios have been central to making records — and making those records sound a certain way — for ages. Artists and producers seek out specific locations for acoustics, equipment, ambience, approach, geography, reputation, experience and more. The practice has helped Rockfield thrive for decades. Here’s an overview of 20 other iconic studios that continue to play (or played) a crucial role in how we hear what we hear.
Hundreds of artists have made the trek to Rockfield during the last 50-plus years. Though some failed to achieve critical or mainstream success, an incredibly diverse mix of musicians has recorded a wealth of memorable music at the studio. From Queen and the Pixies to Rush and Iggy Azalea, here’s a decade-by-decade look at the key artists and albums connected to Rockfield.
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” Coldplay’s “Yellow” and Ace’s “How Long” are among the iconic songs that came to life at Rockfield. Over the course of five decades, the studio has produced a diverse array of music as significant (if not as popular) as those massive hits. Here’s an introduction to that rich history.
Director Hannah Berryman spent several years making “Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm,” whose original theatrical plans were thwarted by the pandemic. In this short interview, the documentarian shares her thoughts about the film, process and more.