As an active musician, sound engineer and producer in D.C., Ben Green noticed a void within the city’s music scene.
“We have a big gap between small home recording studios and large, expensive facilities that are very traditional. There’s not much in the middle,” said Green.
It was this reason that motivated Green to open Ivakota, D.C.’s newest spot to record music. Green found his Capitol Hill-based studio through friends John and Paul Thornley of band U.S. Royalty. The Thornley brothers had previously used the space for band rehearsals before moving to Los Angeles last year, when they transitioned the lease over to Green.
“I did some finishing work on it, like insulated and drywalled the ceiling–which was just rafters–and re-did the control room and bathroom,” he noted about his remodeling efforts. “The bones of the studio were already in place. It was like this hidden gem in the middle of D.C. that no one had been running in years.”
Ivakota isn’t Green’s first experience with opening a studio. Back in 2012, he oversaw construction efforts for Herndon, VA. recording studio Blue Room Productions and became its chief sound engineer.
“I designed and have worked out of a big traditional studio in Herndon for the past five years, which is amazing,” he said. “The opportunity to bring a space like this to the District was pretty clear to me.”
His new 1,700 square foot studio features cathedral ceilings, skylights, isolation rooms with big windows, a control room, a lounge, kitchen and full bathroom complete with a shower. Green also offers lodging for bands who want to crash there overnight.
Besides recording services, Ivakota will host music-related workshops and classes for the community. Green plans to unveil more of his ideas at Ivakota’s open house this Saturday, June 3, which is free to the public.
Ivakota is located at 29 Kings CT SE #3 WDC 20003. Open house from 1 p.m.-7 p.m. FREE