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Professional Recording Studio in the Works for Del Ray

John Patrick of Rock of Ages Music, a former member of Virginia Coalition, hopes to open studio in the coming months.

Rock of Ages Music is located at 114 E. Del Ray Ave. (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)
Rock of Ages Music is located at 114 E. Del Ray Ave. (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)

John Patrick of Rock of Ages Music is preparing to open a professional recording studio in Del Ray.

The former Virginia Coalition drummer is in the final stages of leasing a new space. He’s keeping many of the details close to the vest until a deal is complete, but is nevertheless excited about the possibilities.

“It’s going to be a studio with recording capabilities that will enable us to record everything from local bands to national touring acts,” Patrick said.

Patrick, an Alexandria native, grew up playing music in the city and became a founding member of Virginia Coalition with three T.C. Williams classmates. The band built a sizeable following behind fun, energetic performances and word-of-mouth buzz. Virginia Coalition often sold out DC-area venues, toured and sold thousands of records in the early 2000s.

And while Patrick and his bandmates found success, he says they really could have used a studio in their formative years.

“Playing with all my music buddies, we didn’t have a studio or anywhere to go to get advice,” he said. “This place can be unique because it provides the area with an all-inclusive local studio.”

Patrick left Virginia Coalition in 2007 and began teaching music full time. He went on to cofound Rock of Ages Music Company in 2011 to share his passion for music with the community—something he hopes to continue with the new studio, where he can be the rock veteran providing the consultation and encouragement he craved as an up-and-comer.

He’s still working on a name for the studio, which he hopes to hope in the next few months. Patrick even suggested the possibility of a local record company in the future.

In the meantime, Patrick is getting his rock students ready for the ROAM 2014 Kickoff Series Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Old Town Theater. The show will feature a multitude of ROAM bands all composed of local kids ages 9 to 16. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the show will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Patch will have more details about the concert when they’re available.  

Dave January 05, 2014 at 03:59 PM
Hold on! Will the citizens of Del Ray get to decide what kind of music is produced there though? I'm all for boy bands, catchy pop, and innocuous forms of hip-hop. However, if this means that there could be dirty, nasty rock & roll in our neighborhood, I'm going to have to vote against this one!!!
Chris McClure January 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM
I believe the recording studio function will be run by audio engineer Peter Larkin, a long time Alexandrian. He records very respectful artists and musicians. Very excited for this to be part of our neighborhood!
shaynej January 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Why will the 'citizens of Delray have a say in this business venture ? Are you part owner ? A studio should be able to record any type of music.....If a rock band wants to record there, they should be able to. Personally, I'm not into Rap/Hip Hop, but if a group wants to record there, they should be able to also.

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