By Renee Lucas, December 6th, 2010
Most of us will never produce an album in a recording studio, but Studio XXI might just give you the fix you need on the behind the scenes of the music industry. The new club is modeled after a classic recording space and unifies distinctive elements—sound proof auralex on the walls and ceiling, a DJ booth with performance and recording capabilities, and the flashy, sexy scene that will make you feel like a rockstar, even if your singing talents fall short.
The second-floor, intimate hideaway in Chelsea is the latest venture from Michael Gizaw (also knows as Mickey Dread) and was designed by nightlife designer Liam Treanor, whose past projects include STK, Jet East and numerous venues in Vegas as well custom millwork for Marquee, Buddha Bar and Tenjune. Treanor paid special attention to Studio XXI’s sound and lighting capabilities, outfitting the space with full AV support available in house including a premium sound system, high definition interactive projector, ceiling features made from speaker grills and an elevated VIP area towards the back of the venue that will also serve as a live performance stage.
The venue also features custom prints by street modern pop artist Alec Monopoly including two Monopoly man prints, one spinning turn tables and the other playing a keyboard and a one of kind Michael Jackson print. The cocktail waitress uniforms were designed by Unk & Wil, two native New Yorkers with fans including Lady Gaga, who are known for their style of uptown class meets downtown flare with a vintage flare.Studio XXI is located at 59 W 21st St. and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. For more information please visit www.studioxxinyc.com.