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How a professional musician makes additional income renting out their home studio with HotPatch

Sam Thomas is a musician, producer and owner of a home music studio, and office — both available to rent in London. 

Sam not only rents out his studio, but also acts as an in-house producer for other musicians in need of his technical experience: a commodity particularly sought-after in the industry. 

Sam proves deftly economic with his space, with movable scaffold stands, an adjustable laptop desk, alongside an accessible display of instruments. The space is properly sound-treated, and crucially provides a quiet space to record to a professional standard. All necessities for getting that studio-quality album sound. 

HotPatch speaks with Sam about his unique offering, and how he’s making the most of his talent and space.


What originally gave you the idea to rent out your home studio and dining room as a workspace?

I was working part-time jobs for years to support myself at the start of my music career and then one day came to the realisation that I’d accumulated enough gear and experience to ‘go it alone’ and start a ‘mini’ studio out of my tiny garden office. 

I originally thought I’d just rent out the space itself but I’ve found that the vast majority of people are looking to work with a producer, so I’ve since ended up doing a lot of production work for a good few years now. I moved recently to a bigger and better place in Leyton with my girlfriend, and not only is the studio an upgrade but we have enough space to rent out our dining room for co-working during the day now too.

Sam in his home studio
Sam in his home-studio in London
As a musician yourself, how important is it do you think to find the right space to record and produce in?

It’s very much part of my personality to make my surroundings as nice as I can, I’m a massive neat freak and love everything to be as ergonomic and hassle free as possible, so that has always extended to my music setup too. I guess a lot of musicians work ‘on the fly’ but I love being in a familiar space that I know really well and feel totally comfortable in. I also hate people hearing a work in progress, so it’s a real luxury to have a room that I can make as many weird noises as I want in without being overheard!

What are some of the most important inclusions in a home studio?

It’s not a very glamorous answer but now software is so good the vast majority of production can be done on a computer, especially electronic stuff. Recording live acoustic instruments and vocals well requires a quiet and acoustically treated space though. I’d say second to the computer the best speakers and audio interface you can get your hands on are pretty crucial, and again the speakers ideally need to be in a well treated space so that you know what you’re hearing is ‘accurate’ and will translate well across as many devices as possible. Everyone’s different but in my experience mixing on headphones doesn’t turn out well compared to mixing on speakers. Also I’d say spend as much as you can afford on a high quality and diverse microphone or two and branch out from there.

In your own studio, there seems to be a lot of little personal touches. What are some of your favourites?

I’m pleased with the laptop stand that I made, It’s an arm that pivots at two places so that I can move the laptop from instrument to instrument and easily press record etc while I’m playing. The laptop sits on a rubber-painted wooden dish with holes for wires to poke out at the sides so that I can put all the hard drives etc etc that I need neatly underneath, I really hate clutter! The keyboards all pull out away from the wall on their scaffold stands that I made which also makes life a lot easier, so they tuck away when not in use. The general idea is that everything is really accessible and always set up as much as possible so that nothing breaks the creative flow.

Sam's home studio
Sam’s music studio, available to rent on HotPatch
For other musicians who may be starting off, what do you think are some of the advantages in renting equipment and space like yours, over building your own studio?

Building up an arsenal of expensive equipment and the experience to know how to get the best out of it takes a long time, so until you feel you’re at that stage it’s great to be able to go and try things out with someone like me — I think it’s important as a producer to teach people whatever they’re interested in about gear etc as you go through the process of making music together, so they can go on to make informed decisions about improving their own setup.

I learned so so much from working with the guy who produced my first album. Alternatively though getting into the nitty gritty, technical side of production understandably isn’t for everyone, so for musicians that want to focus on just the music hopefully a space like mine will enable them to do that, with me filling in the technical gaps or adding extra instruments they don’t play themselves etc.

Do you have any advice to other owners of studio/home space?

I’d say if people have got to the point of owning their own studio then it isn’t really for me to offer them advice, everyone does things differently which is the beauty of working with different people.

Where can people find you if they’re interested in seeing more of your work?

My website is samthomasmusic.com 

Additionally, Sam’s debut album ‘Blind Theatre,’ is available to buy or stream online. 


Are you that person “looking for music studios near me?” Or for music studios to rent in London

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Top 5 Event Spaces to Hire in London

Got a do? A shindig? A bash? A bonanza?

Putting on an event can be tricky, but we’re taking one of the most complicated aspects – finding the right space – and making it easy.

Perhaps you’re hosting a big karaoke night for your colleagues, or you require a classy music venue for some friends.

Whether you’re looking for something specific, or need a little inspiration, we’ve got an eclectic collection that will help.

Visit HotPatch for the full selection of London event spaces, or check out our hand-picked Patches below.

Warehouse to Hire | Event Space in East London

Big Space is an industrial​ warehouse available for creative hire at an affordable price. It serves as a multi-purpose hireable space suitable for large-scale commercial or music and cultural events as well as film and photographic shoots.

With both indoor and outdoor space​,​ 24-hour access​,​ 42​,​225 sq ft of inside space​,​ 49​,​881 sq ft of car park space​,​ 22​,​202 sq ft of outdoor garden space​,​ 23m high ceilings​,​ and a staggering indoor capacity of 10​,​000​,​ there is nowhere else quite like it.

Heck, don’t have a big event? Hire this one to read a book in for an hour. You do you.

Mezzanine Event Space Available in Hammersmith

The iconic ‘Mission Hall’ building has been a hub for the local community for over 120 years.

After years of closure​,​ the building has now been restored to its former glory​​ as a hub of creative combustion within the Brackenbury community. They are now on the look out for creatives, entrepreneurs, yogis and book-worms to collaborate within the space for any planned London events.

Cocktail Bar to Hire | Hire Event Space in Central London

A world class cocktail bar and late night party space available to hire.

A stunning bar​/​club area decked out in a luxe pop aesthetic themed around fun musical references — there’s even a disco toilet to boot!

Some of the best cocktails in London are put together behind the bar by a crackteam of mixologists​, ​and there’s a mouth watering menu of artisan pizza and tasty sharing plates to keep the stomach lined while you work your way through the drinks​/​songs menu.

In keeping with its location right in the heart of Chancery Lane​,​ this karaoke bar to hire specialises in corporate, as well as private, entertaining​. It​ offers a unique space for meetings and conferences, as well as full private hire for product launches​,​ press events or the yearly company blowout.

You can even book a special corporate team builder themed around cocktails​,​ karaoke and party games that makes for one of the most unique team bonding experiences in London.

Gallery Space To Hire in East London

A unique open space overlooking Regent’s Canal for larger groups of up to 60 people.

Ideal for wellness events​,​ dining or drinks receptions​,​ board meetings​,​ team building sessions​,​workshops​,​ exhibitions or a product launch.

It is available for dry hire or food catered by Cafe Route​,​ serving a selection of mediterranean food to suit all tastes.

This space has numerous additional benefits including:

  • Dedicated events manager
  • Wi-Fi​,​ projector​,​ and speakers
  • Multiple seating options avaliable
  • Floor to ceiling windows with natural daylight overlooking Kingsland Basin
  • Fully licensed bar and catering services
  • Air conditioning
  • Zoom capabilities
  • 5 minutewalk from Haggerston Overground and easy links from the City and East London

Elegant Music Room to Hire in Central London

Overlooking Bloomsbury Square​,​ this Music Room has already been host to many music recitals​,​ book launches​,​ lectures and performances.

It is the main exhibition space at PushkinHouse with some of their previous shows being featured in TimeOut​,​ The Guardian​,​ Evening Standard​,​ Creative Review and GQ.

The room boasts high windows that allow impressive natural light to flow through​,​ as well as original features​,​adding sophistication and refinement to any event.

Looking for more event spaces near me? Or for general event spaces to rent in London?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own event space, you can list with us too. They don’t need to be as enormous, or as fancy. A Patch is what you make of it.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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7 Music Studios To Hire in London

Your music deserves a studio-quality recording. And where else to get studio-quality sound than in a music studio?

With our selection of studios to rent in London, we’re making it simpler to be able to produce your dream song or album, by giving it the quality finish it deserves. 

Let’s get you the bit there with the space you need.

Visit HotPatch for the full selection, or check out our hand-picked studios below

London’s Floating Recording Studio

My opinion all of a sudden is that too many albums are recorded on land. Why not record your next classic on a 550-tonne ship? This unique London music studio, also doubles as a photo shoot and filming location, and comes with a large live room and deck for recording sessions. 

Best music studio to rent in London? This might be a safe bet. 

Floating Recording studio
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Writing & Recording Studio in Central London

When you think of top studios to rent in London, we want you to think of this comfortable and aesthetic recording studio & writing space, used by artists, vocalists, producers and record labels. 

Living inside one of London’s “best kept secret” creative houses, this studio is purpose built to have “above industry standard” equipment, software & plugins for you to get the best results.

Resident producers & engineers on standby to monitor your recording so everything runs smooth. It also has tons of breakout spaces (chill out zones) , free Nespresso coffee and Circadian lighting to power you and your music.

Equipment provided:

Aston Spirit Microphone, an original 1983 Rhodes Stage MKII that has been voiced and tuned to perfection, the Audient iD44, iMac pro, a pair of Yamaha HS7 Monitors & two sets of Audio Technica professional monitor headphones. 

Includes: a range of other Professional Microphones Available, including a Shure KSM42 Microphone & a stereo matched pair of AKG C414’s.

A suspended Vocal Isolation Booth, Ergonomic moving workstation, Wall box with 10 XLR channels, 4 headphone channels, 1 HDMI + 1 CAT 6, Acoustically treated, Fully air conditioned, Circadian Lighting & a Philips air purifier. DAW/Software: Logic Pro X, Ableton Live & Adobe Audition. 

Use something different? Just let the studio owners know, they’re happy to add new software depending on how long / frequently you’re planning on using their Studio Spaces. 

All avaialble in a Fine Tuned Acoustically treated studio, Fully air conditioned with Circadian Lighting & a Philips air purifier.

Central London music studio
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Rent a Recording Studio in North London 

Built for tracking vocals and instruments, this modern recording studio has a control room for music production, plus an in-house engineer upon request. The studio has everything to allow for maximum creativity whilst offering a productive environment for an engineer and artist. 

Professional music studio. This is it. 

Equipment provided:

Universal Audio Apollo x4 

Focal Twin 6BE 

Neve 1073 SPX 

Neumann TLM107 

Aston stealth 

Native Instruments S61 MK2 

Focal Listen Pro 

Logic Pro X 

Pro Tools \ 

Ableton Live 10 3. 

Native Instruments Library Upgrade 

Fabfilter Total Bundle 

Soundtoys 5 Bundle 

iMac 27”

North London music studio
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Music Studio For Hire in South London

Studio for hire, available for both music production, plus podcast recording and live-streaming. Open and comfortable environment for artists to perform at their best.

South London recording studio
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Music Studio To Rent in North London

Lively music studio with full backline and acoustic piano. Free tea & coffee, plus a music equipment shop on-site.

Equipment provided:

Drum kit, bass amp, two guitar amps, upright acoustic piano, vocal microphones & stands, PA.

North London music studio
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Listening, Screening and Mastering Studio

This studio is ideal for writing, production, mastering and listening — easily set up for filming and screening too with its secure & strong connectivity. An in-house engineer is available upon request.

Large modular sofas, impeccable audio, mood lighting and a large LCD screen, make this versatile studio perfect for whatever creative project you’re working on.

Whether you are fine-tuning your latest track, or looking for inspiration for your next one, this room will provide the environment you need.

Equiptment provided:

Focal Trio 6BE 

Universal Audio Twin x Quad 

Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2 

Pro tools 

Logic Pro X 

Ozone Advanced mastering suite 

iMac 27”

Listening, screening and mastering
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Production Music Studio in North London

Plug in & Play production suites , designed for one person. Comfortable privacy Our ‘hot desk’ style production suites are easy to use andperfect for solo mixing sessions. Ideal for the quick ideas youneed to get down or for an extended private session.

Equipment Provided: 

Focal shape 65

SSL 2+ 

Native Instruments 

KOMPLETE KONTROL A49 

Aston stealth x 1 

Aston halo x 1

Production zone
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Looking for more recording studios near me? Or perhaps podcast studios near me?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection of either. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your music studio, you can list with us too.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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