Electric Lady Studios and Spotify Team Up for New Live EP Series “Live at Electric Lady”
Spotify has announced a new series in partnership with iconic Electric Lady Studios (ELS) to produce an aptly titled live EP series Living at Electric Lady. The series will include live audio recordings that will be distributed exclusively on Spotify. Electric Lady and Spotify have worked together in the past, and this project is a continuation of the emerging partnership.
Living at Electric Lady has a star roster including artists Patti Smith, Japanese Breakfast, Dominic Fike, Faye Webster, Bleachers, Remi Wolf, Natalie Bergman and more surprise artists. The first installment of the series will begin on Thursday, July 29 with an exceptional EP by none other than jazz icon Jon Batiste.
Jon Baptiste shared his thoughts on the series, commenting, “Electric Lady is one of my favorite places to record. There is a strong vital energy residing there. When Spotify asked Electric Lady to record, the vision of NEW WORLD MUSIC came to me. To realize this vision, I put together a group that included legends Ron Carter on bass and Gary Bartz and Kenny Garrett on saxophones, a full section of strings and brass, tabla drums and synthesizers — all playing at the same time, reinventing songs from the WE ARE album, and other songs by Kanye West, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk and more. This recording is where I see music in the future – global, spiritual, grounded, complex, community. Or maybe this is where music has always been? Either way, ELS was the right place to capture him.
Sessions will be recorded at Electric Lady Studios, the oldest still operating recording facility in the Northeastern United States. The recording studio was first brought to prominence by rocker Jimi Hendrix along with other notable musicians like Stevie Wonder, The Clash, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie.
The studio has been home to some of the most influential musicians for over 50 years, making Electric Lady Studios an ideal partner for Spotify sessions. This studio has documented how music develops and evolves over time, as some of the new wave’s most notable pieces come to life within its walls. Since the space has such a rich and rich history, artists included in the series are encouraged to honor musicians linked to the studio’s history. Specifically, these artists have the opportunity to cover songs from musicians linked to ELS in addition to their own original compositions.
Lee Foster, Managing Director and Partner of Electric Lady Studios, sat down with Spotify to discuss the project’s editing experience. He comments: “The idea of Living at Electric Lady dates back to the mid-1970s, typically for various radio stations over the years. However, this is the first time that he has had a dedicated partner and a concrete plan for the future. Having Spotify, its people and its know-how gave us the big engine we needed to make this program a success. As we look to the future of the continued curation of great music, content and events, this partnership is a big step forward in our evolution, which we look forward to for many years to come.
Mark your calendar for the show’s first installment on July 29 with Jon Baptiste – the jazzy EP won’t be to be missed. And while you patiently wait for the electric series to arrive, you can stream Spotify’s playlist of songs recorded in the historic studio.