A new documentary about Martin Hannett, called Martin Hannett Maverick, is being made to celebrate the work of the man who produced seminal albums including Unknown Pleasures and Closer by Joy Division.
It is due for release later this year and part of this documentary has been filmed at the building, which was once home to Cargo studios, in Rochdale.
This studio was supported financially by John Peel – who had a place in his heart for Rochdale because he spent time working in a factory there.
It’s believed Peel was more likely to play bands on his radio show who had recorded in Cargo studios and because of this Tony Wilson sent a lot of the Factory bands to Cargo, so they were more likely to grab John Peel’s attention.
Joy Division recorded there – as did numerous other artists including The Fall, Gang Of Four, A Certain Ratio, Nico, OMD, Ian Mcnabb, Teardrop Explodes and the Durutti Column.
The old studio, which is still quite a run down space, has been out of action for 11 years and is also now being refurbished and turned into a brand new studio for local and touring bands.
However, for a limited time only it has been kitted out almost exactly as it was when Joy Division recorded there, with the original equipment that Joy Division used.
Elizabeth Alker went along to Rochdale to see the space and the original Joy Division gear and to meet Chris Hewlitt who once owned Cargo and is behind the new Martin Hannet documentary.
Source: BBC – 6Music News