Famed producer Trevor Horn’s residential studio in the Los Angeles hills — a six-bedroom home and state-of-the-art recording facility above Bel Air — is among the hundreds of structures lost in the devastating wildfires currently tearing across Southern California.
Horn tweeted the news Thursday, writing of the SARM West Coast studio: “We haven’t been able to get there yet, but by all accounts it’s completely burnt down.” He then vowed, “We will build a new one.”
According to SARM’s website, Horn has used the Los Angeles studio — a companion to the original in London — to work with Pet Shop Boys, The Art of Noise, Seal, Belle & Sebastian and more. In more recent years, Lana del Rey, Kanye West, Charli XCX and One Direction have recorded at the facility.
Outside of his more behind-the-scenes production work, Horn remains best known as a member of the Buggles and co-writer of the group’s era-defining hit “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
Sarm West Coast caught fire yesterday not musically as it has done in the past 20 years, but physically. We haven’t been able to get there yet but by all accounts it’s completely burnt down. Thank you all for your kind messages. Please G-D we will build a new one.
— Trevor Horn (@Trevor_Horn_) December 7, 2017