Myles Clarke chats about his work on Grand Cru Studio

Myles Clarke recently sat down with Brian Brodeur and East Main Media to discuss his work as chief engineer for Pete Townshend’s Grand Cru Studio.

Grand Cru is situated on a hundred year old 110 foot Dutch eel barge that Pete had built into a studio back in 1976 with the help of Eddie Veale, a pioneer of designing early professional home recording studios. Pete moored the barge outside of his Oceanic Studios that was located at the Boathouse in Twickenham, and used the floating studio as an extra recording space until he sold the property in 2008.

In 2009, Pete moved Grand Cru to St. Katherine Docks near the Tower of London. The barge was painted blue, and the studio was built up to accommodate a wide range of projects. It is now run as a commercial recording and mixing studio with Myles at the helm, complete with state of the art sound equipment and access to skilled producers and engineers.

Myles began working for Pete Townshend at Oceanic Studios in 2003, and has run Grand Cru since 2011. In the interview, he talks about the history of the studios, and the various work he has done over the years. It is a fascinating discussion which provides good insight into Pete's recording studios.

The two part podcast is now up on the East Main Media website. Listen to the interview here: Part 1 and Part 2.

For more information, please visit the Grand Cru website.

Many thanks to Brian Brodeur and Myles Clarke for sharing the interview and photos!


Grand CruGrand Cru Studio at St. Katherine Docks in London. Photo credit: East Main Media

Grand Cru Brian MylesBrian Brodeur and Myles Clarke aboard Grand Cru. Photo credit: East Main Media

Grand Cru Pete & MylesPete Townshend and Myles Clarke at work in Grand Cru. Photo credit: Grand Cru

Grand Cru 1Inside Grand Cru Studio. Photo credit: Grand Cru

Grand Cru 2Inside Grand Cru Studio. Photo credit: Grand Cru

Grand Cru 3Inside Grand Cru Studio. Photo credit: Grand Cru

Grand Cru at BoathouseGrand Cru barge docked in front of Oceanic Studios in 2004. Photo credit: Carrie Pratt