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Creative Spaces for Film and Music Growing in Near Southside

Jul 07, 2019

At the end of June, Near Southside, Inc. held its second member development tour of 2019 focusing on studios of the Near Southside. The combination bus and walking tour featured nine Near Southside spaces that are shaping Fort Worth’s music and film industries.

As a result of the tour, Fort Worth Business Press published a cover story on the creative ecosystem growing in the Near Southside. The tour visited the following businesses:

-Near South Studios and Glass Lake Production Group – Near South Studios is a film, photography, and coworking creative space, which is also home to Glass Lake Production Group. Their facility includes a two-wall hard cyc and an audio booth.

-Fort Worth Sound – Two professional recording studios are available at Fort Worth Sound, which is centrally located on South Main Street. Owner Bart Rose has over 25 years of experience as an award-winning producer and engineer.

-Backlot Studio & Workspace, Red Productions – Earlier this year, Red Sanders relocated his successful production company to the Near Southside in the new Main + Broad development. Backlot Studio & Workspace is his new coworking space for creatives. Learn more about Red’s new home from KERA. 

 -Niles City Sound – Tucked away inside the Supreme Golf Warehouse building in South Main Village, Austin Jenkins, Josh Block, and Chris Vivion have a recording studio full of vintage machines and analog equipment where musicians can record with a classic sound.

-97.5 KFTW The Pirate – Another hidden gem, The Pirate broadcasts from the basement of a former manufacturing facility turned wedding venue in South Main Village. There John and Sallie Rody work tirelessly to support local music from Fort Worth’s only nonprofit community radio station.

-Eagle Audio – Established in 1984, Eagle Audio has worked with countless well-regarded musicians over the years, including Merle Haggard and Sam Phillips. Owner Jerry Hudson has listed the building for sale but hopes to continue to use his skills in the music business.

-The Loop Rehearsal Complex -- After more than 25 years as a touring and recording musician, Vaden Todd Lewis (The Toadies) had experienced the pros and cons of numerous rehearsal spaces, and was ready to convert his experiences into his dream rehearsal studio. With the help of his partner and wife Rachel, they opened The Loop, a premium rehearsal complex in 2017. 

-Dreamy Life Records / Main at South Side -- Dreamy Life Records is a record store, recording studio and record label based out of Fort Worth. Dreamy Life Records artists include great Fort Worth music like Oil Boom, War Party, Andy Pickett, Acid Carousel, Jake Paleschic, and more. The record store is located inside MASS, one of Fort Worth’s most beloved live music venues, and every Saturday afternoon they feature free live music as part of their Dreamy Life Happy Hour series.