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Bill Laswell's Orange Music Studio under threat

Rising costs prompt a call for help from the New Jersey studio where the likes of Bernie Worrell and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry have recorded

A fundraising campaign has been launched to save US bassist and producer Bill Laswell's Orange Music Studio. Laswell moved his operations from Brooklyn to New Jersey in 1998, when he took over the space that had once housed Grand Slam Studios. At Orange Music, Laswell’s production work has included sessions with Tabla Beat Science, Sly & Robbie and Matisyahu, as well as Bernie Worrell and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. But now the space is calling for help to remain open.

“Beset by health problems while trying to navigate this harsh and uncertain economic landscape, Laswell is struggling to maintain Orange Music, the legendary New Jersey studio that he as helmed for the last 20 years. He is putting the call out to all fans, friends and fellow artists alike: If you can help, please do so now. No contribution is too small,” reads the fundraising page.

At the time of writing the campaign has raised $11,749 out of its $25,000 target, with a wide range of downloads, CDs and T-shirts on offer to donors as a thanks for helping. More information can be found at gofundme.