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Music is GREAT - Part 1

Some of the greatest music in the world comes from Britain, and British music is still topping the charts today. Richard visits The Premises recording studio, where many world-famous artists have made music.

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From hip hop to jazz… From dance to the blues: it’s music, and there’s a style for everyone. Some of the greatest music in the world comes from Britain, and British music is still topping the charts today.

The Premises recording studios are big players in the music industry. Everyone from Lana del Rey to the Arctic Monkeys come here. Let’s find out more.

If you’ve heard of them, they’ve probably played here. The Premises has been one of London’s most popular studios for over 25 years. It has space for rehearsing, recording and mixing some of the best music in the world.

Viv Broughton is the studio boss.

Richard: Viv, tell me about The Premises.

Viv: Well, The Premises is a complex of recording studios and I don’t really think there’s anything quite like it anywhere in the country. It's a mixture of rehearsal studios, recording studios, a lively café, storage facilities, so it's a really busy place. Hundreds of people passing through all the time.

Richard: What sort of artists come here?

Viv: Oh, a mixture of people. I mean, we've been going for 26 years so almost everybody you can think of has passed through the doors one way or another, so I think in the last couple of years people like Rihanna and Adele and Lana Del Rey. Last month we had Ronnie Wood in from the Rolling Stones, so it's quite a mixture of people.

Richard: What is it about Britain that creates such musical talent?

Viv: Ah, that's a good question. It's a bit of a mystery but there just must be something in the water or in the air. Britain produces just so many amazing bands, from The Beatles and the Rolling Stones onwards and it's a melting pot of great recording and writing talent.

Britain has some of the world’s greatest music festivals. This is Bestival in the Isle of Wight. For 4 days every year, thousands of people come to this award-winning event to listen to and watch some of the greatest music acts around. There’s music here for everyone…

Task 1

Which of the following sentences are true?

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Task 2

Who has recorded at The Premises?

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Task 3

Put the parts of the sentences together.

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Task 4

Put the two parts of the phrases together.

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In my country Peru, there are some Spanish rock local bands, some of them have been made popular by their lyrics about the current critical events. I prefer English music the British Music is very nice , Elton John, The Beatles, Queens are amazing.

Here in Brazil some big concerts took place at football arenas
Here in Brazil some big concerts take place at football arenas, like Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
Some brazilian artists have great success worldwide, like Tom Jobim and João Gilberto from the Bossa Nova genre.
My favourite musical style is rock, so, i listen to British artists like The Beatles and Rolling Stones. But I also listen many brazilian music. I really like the music from my country, with ranges from jazz to rock and pop.

Hello everyone..
☆ What is the most famous musical venue in your country?
- There are some of the most famous musical venue in my country. However, I'd like to tell you the biggest one we have. Musica Studio is an Indonesian music company based in Jakarta, Indonesia. This recording company is running its business in the type of music that people commonly look for such as Pop, R&B, Rock, Rap, Dance, Alternatif and many others. The popular artists that shine through Musica Studio's label almost always in the top of the Indonesia music chart.
☆ Who are the best musicians?
- Musica Studio has became the home and base camp of Indonesia's prominent artists from the 60's to up date. The studio has launched the popularity of Rhoma Irama, Hetty Koes Endang, Betharia Sonata, Chrisye, Iwan Fals and as Indonesian lover music knows that it has played an important role in the rise of the new comers band like NOAH and GEISHA.
☆ Do you prefer International stars or local artists?
- In my country, foreign stars are more popular among young people, especially US/UK celebrities and Older people prefer local music with their local stars, and for me, I'm very proud of our top singers, although I like some of foreign star as well.