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Grindhaus Studios aims to break new ground for local music scene
Recording facility builds creative community
 
Published Saturday, February 27, 2021
by Ashley Mahoney

PHOTO | JESS DAILEY
Workers hang a marquee at GrindHaus Studios on Latrobe Drive. The facility, owned by Jason “Jet” Jones, takes a holistic approach to music production by creating a welcoming environment for local talent. “I wanted to create a space where it is acoustically treated, you have all these resources and we build community,” Jones said.

Jason “Jet” Jones set out to create the YMCA of music studios.


Jones, a Northwest School of the Arts alumnus, producer and electric soul musician, opened GrindHaus Studios (3711 Latrobe Drive) on Jan. 23 break down the studio model.


Jet’s first month included a unique collaboration with Grammy Award-winning artist Anthony Hamilton, whom he previously opened for at the Fillmore Charlotte. They recorded a performance of Hamilton’s in the GrindHaus Studios Sky Box room for an upcoming White House celebration of Black History Month, which aired on Feb. 26.


“I have known Anthony for years, and a friend of mine, Tony Witherspoon, is actually in his band,” said Jet, who earned the Carolina Music Award for best new artist and New York Urban Music Award. “They got the call this past week to do the performance, and that same day they called looking for a space. They wanted a unique space to do it in. They hit me up and came by. They loved the space.”


GrindHaus Studios offers the studio experience with a co-working space feel. Memberships range from $75-$275 per month, with the Daily Grinder and the Pro Grinder levels including an option for members to submit work for the studio’s quarterly concert at Neighborhood Theatre.


“I wanted to create a space where it is acoustically treated, you have all these resources and we build community,” said Jet, who studied recording arts at Full Sail University. “That has been the number one thing with Charlotte’s music scene is that people do not feel a sense of community. I felt like I would be doing my part to create a space where we can actually start fixing those issues. That is what the whole premise behind this model is.”


GrindHaus Studios reached almost 20 members within its first month. Artists like Karen Poole, who released her debut album on Feb. 12, have used the space to livestream performances. They intend to introduce workshops during the spring and summer. The studio also introduced GrindHaus Studios Sessions to showcase Charlotte talent with an artist performing a song that’s posted via video each week.


Jet’s journey began in Iceland, as his father was in the Navy, then Maryland before moving to Charlotte. Jet began producing music as a 10-year-old. He had nearly 500 instrumentals by the time he was an 18, but did not consider it possible to become an artist.


“During that time, I didn’t really have a belief that I could be an artist – a singer, songwriter – but over time I started to develop that when I got into college and started joining bands and being a live musician,” Jet said. “I started to gain the confidence for that, and that is when I really stepped out and started making more records.”

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