Miloco’s first ever recording studio, The Square, will soon permanently close its doors after 30 years.
Located in Hoxton Square, The Square was opened in 1984 by the late Henry Crallan, founder of Miloco, which was then known as Milo Music. Originally a two-studio complex simply called Milo, it was later renamed to The Square when Milo became Miloco, a collaboration between Crallan and John Deacon from Queen, whom he had been working with as tour manager.
For many years, up until the year 2000, The Square was the centre of Miloco and where Miloco HQ was based.
Throughout the 1990s The Square saw a stream of artists, tour managers, record companies, film producers and video companies come through its doors to use the space, including artists such as Marc Almond, Siouxsie & the Banshees, M-People, Bjork, Goldfrapp and Sinead O’Connor.
In 2000, VCL video bought the building from Crallan and his fellow shareholders, upon which Crallan purchased Orinoco, the complex on Leroy Street which is now home to Miloco HQ, The Pool, The Bridge and The Red Room London. The Square continued, but as a rental property of Miloco’s.
During this time The Square’s clientele continued to grow with the likes of Jamie T, The Kooks, Plan B, Marina & The Diamonds, Rizzle Kicks, Hurts and Bat For Lashes all recording there. More recently it has been a workspace for M.I.A., Skepta, The Hunnas, The xx and many more.
Over Christmas 2015 the building at 43-44 Hoxton Square was purchased by a new company, and with Miloco’s lease set to expire in March the news that the new landlords would not be renewing the lease was somewhat expected.
The Square studio will eventually be relocated elsewhere, but the building that Crallan built will be no more.
To read’s Miloco’s ‘Farewell to The Square’ click on the link below.