An Artist Development
Hub and Sync Company.
Assemble Sound is an independent hub for artist development operating out of a historic 1872 church-turned-recording studio complex in Detroit, MI. We’re hip hop producers and rappers, rock bands, electronic producers, classical pianists; some of us just make google docs and take out the trash. But whatever we’re doing, we’re doing it because we believe that a more intentionally and broadly connected community of musicians sharing creative, technical, and industry knowledge is the best foundation for making great art and doing it sustainability. We don’t know if that belief is true, but we fuck with it, and from our artist residency to our sync company, it’s been the driving force behind our work since we bought our church in March 2015.
We're based in a historic church in front of the iconic Michigan Central Station in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood.
The building was originally constructed in 1872 as “St. Paul’s German Evangelical”. The Sanctuary and the adjacent School and Rectory buildings were left untouched when the city razed almost all of the surrounding neighborhood to create Roosevelt Park after the construction and opening of Michigan Central Station in 1913. During the station’s busiest years leading up to WWII, the church would have been the first thing passengers saw after arriving in Detroit in hopes of finding work in the city’s booming auto industry. In the 1950’s the Church was sold to the House of Israel, who operated the religious campus until selling to La Iglesia to Jesus Christo in the early 1980s. The Hispanic congregation convened in the building until they sold it to Grace-to-Grace Lutheran Church in 1999. Grace-to-Grace operated out of the building regularly until 2010.
In March of 2015, Grace-to-Grace recognized our vision for the historic property and blessed us with the opportunity to purchase it. Over the last nearly 150 years a diversity of people and beliefs have convened within the walls of this church. We too convene people around a shared belief– A belief that creative collaboration and cooperation can be a foundation of success for musicians and the local ecosystem they represent. We don’t necessarily know if this belief is true, but we’re going to pretend it is and see what happens. During the 1980s, a second story was built across the balcony that circled the sanctuary of the church, covering the vaulted ceiling, chandeliers, and 1909 Pipe Organ. As we build the Assemble Sound initiative, we are also re-building the Church; working to restore it to its original grandeur. We, much like our home, are a constant work in progress.
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