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.