Assemble Sound

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Assemble Sound
Background Information




Recording Studio
Artist Collaborative




2300 17th St
Detroit, MI 48216


Open 24 hours
for Residents Artists



Assemble Sound is a Recording studio and a Collective of musicians, producers, songwriters and music industry professionals who write and record music, educate the community on all things involved in the music industry and help artists create a sustaining career through their music.

It is located on 17th Street in Corktown in an historic Church in front of the iconic Michigan Central Station in Roosevelt Park. The church was originally constructed in 1871 as St. Paul’s German Evangelical Church Assemble Sound. Garret Koehler, Nicole Churchill and Seth Anderson purchased the abandoned structure in 2015 with the goal to create an environment that fostered artist development. Anderson acts as the studio manager, Koehler works as the general manager and Churchill handles the licensing department.

The sanctuary has been restored to a fitting style of its original grandeur, featuring the authentic 40-foot vaulted ceiling, a 360-degree balcony and an exposed pipe organ. Assemble Sound is now home to about 25 local musicians, such as Tunde Olaniran, Flint Eastwood and Valley Hush — known as resident artists — across all genres. They are allowed access to the space for writing and recording 24 hours a day, seven days a week and free of charge.

From the Assemble Sound residents works, Churchill created a catalog of songs she pitches for TV shows, movies and commercials. From any licensing deal, Assemble Sound takes a brokerage fee, and artists retain 100 percent ownership of their work. Residents also get free 24/7 access to the building. Non resident artists are charged for studio time. The price is based on what they can afford. "We need that money to keep our lights on, and a lot of people are totally willing to pay it" says Churchill.

In the future Koehler and the team plan to expand the church into a music campus that stretches a half-block on
the street. They are interested in turning one of the buildings into a five-bedroom bed-and-breakfast for touring musicians and industry workers to stay while visiting the city.

“We want to create environments where music becomes a vehicle for broadening and enriching people’s perception of their own community and identity,” Koehler said.


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