Christchurch’s restored and renovated Woods Mill Building is a project that aims to revitalise a historic part of Addington. In February SOLE Music Academy became the first tenant to move into this beautifully restored building, the newly positioned business itself promising an innovative approach to teaching/learning music.
The academy is the vision of international platinum recording artist Sacha Vee, who for the past two years, has specialised in vocal and songwriting sessions, production skills and artist development from a single studio at The Piano. The expanded Addington location features two teaching spaces and three music studio pods, all equipped with recording gear.
A PledgeMe campaign that raised over $25,000, made it possible to fit-out the rooms with recording and production equipment, keyboards, guitars, PA sound systems and acoustic panels.
Sacha Vee launched the SOLE concept in Christchurch three years ago to provide singers, songwriters and producers with a clear and guided pathway to establish a career in music. Local musicians and producers – all who have had success in the music industry – act as mentors and tutors.
“People are amazed at the beauty of the building and there’s a sense of calm, which makes it a really creative space. It’s in a great part of town, too,” she says.
“SOLE is a creative hub and the go-to place for music industry information in Christchurch. Although the focus is on those interested in a career in music, we are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about singing, songwriting and producing.”