Sarm East is Born
1973 – SARM East is opened on Osborne Street in East London, near Brick Lane. Formerly ‘The City of London Recording Studios’, the first SARM Studios was established by Jill and John Sinclair with the help of engineers Mike Stone and Gary Lyons.
Trevor Horn Finds His Sound
1976 – After working in London as a bassist in ballroom bands, Trevor Horn builds a modest home recording studio in Leicester and begins producing local artists.
Buggles and ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’
1977 – Trevor and Geoffrey Downes meet while working as session musicians. Together they form The Buggles, who sign to Island Records in 1979 after Chris Blackwell hears a demo of ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’. The song subsequently became Island’s first #1 single later that year and the first music video played on MTV.
A Brave New World… From Artist To Producer
1981 – After disbanding with Geoffrey Downes, Trevor is persuaded to become a producer. He goes on to have success producing albums with Dollar, ABC, Malcolm McClaren, and Yes.
Perfect Songs & ZTT Records
1982 – Trevor and Jill form the Perfect Songs publishing company. In conjunction with the soon to follow sister record label ZTT, records from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Propaganda, Art of Noise, Grace Jones, and 808 State are released over the next decade.
Sarm West is Born
1983 – Trevor and Jill acquire Basing Street Studios from Island Records in exchange for distributing the newly founded ZTT label. The studio was renamed SARM West. This was also the first year that Trevor won the BRIT award for Best British Producer, which he won again in 1985 and 1992.
1984 – Band Aid is recorded and filmed in Sarm Studio 1, making history as the first collaborative charity single of its kind.
Seal & Trevor join forces
1990 – Seal signs to ZTT and begins recording his debut album with Trevor. Upon its release a year later, it receives widespread critical appraisal, multiple awards, and huge chart success.
Grammy Award Winner
1995 – Trevor wins the Grammy Award for ‘Record of the Year’ as the producer of Seal’s ‘Kiss From A Rose’.
Stiff Records Joins the Team
2007 – The SPZ Group (Sarm/Perfect Songs/ZTT Records) reactivates the legendary label Stiff Records. The first release is UK indie chart toppers The Enemy.
Sarm Music Village is Born
With the refurbishment of Sarm West under way we’ve created our brand new world class studio complex… SARM MUSIC VILLAGE
Sarm Music Bank moves West
Established in South East London in 1994, Music Bank quickly established itself as the industry’s first choice for backline hire and rehearsal studios.
In late 2018 it made the long planned move to it’s brand new State-Of-The-Art facility in West London.