ABC Aus Music Month

Buderim — Heliport Studios

Three musicians recording music

PHOTO: John Butler Trio recording at Heliport Studios on the Sunshine Coast. (Supplied)

Set on 65 acres of lush rainforest in Buderim on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the Heliport Studio is the brainchild of author and speaker Allan Pease, otherwise known as the Body Language Guy.

Mr Pease set up Studio A, a 48-track recording studio complete with a baby grand piano looking out over the signature helipad, the rainforest and ocean.

Heliport’s musical director is James Russell. He worked previously in Melbourne as a promoter and sound technician with the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, and U2.

A helipad set among lush rainforest

PHOTO: Heliport Studios in Buderim has a helipad to receive musicians arriving for recording sessions. (Supplied)

Mr Russell said the home studio revolution was the reason so many studios were closing down.

“But, thankfully, instead of trying to compete with that we’ve embraced it,” he said.

“Three out of five sessions we do now are drum sessions and vocal sessions, because drums and vocals are the things you can’t get [at home].”

Elliot Heinrich, 24, is also part of the team and works with fresh acts to identify their hits and enhance their song-writing and production values.

He worked with Ayla on her debut single Wish I Was, which became the most played song by a female solo artist on Triple J in 2014.

John Butler Trio and Troy Brady from Amity Affliction have been Heliport clients, and last year the studios were involved in engineering Rhianna’s hit Towards the Sun, which was featured in the DreamWorks movie Home.

Heliport also offers accommodation, a green screen for multimedia production and, yes, a helipad for those who can afford to chopper in.


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