Traders Week in Muswell Hill

93b00a78-36a7-44b1-a69d-040a85e75cabSmall businesses need your support to thrive, expand, and create jobs. And the economy needs a healthy small business community to bolster and sustain its recovery. That is why we have decided to kick start Muswell Hill Traders Association this year and play key part in organising Traders Week 21/9-28/9
Our #shoplocal campaign is providing support to local businesses through the Association rebranded now Muswell Business and raising awareness on its importance.

We are on a mission to encourage #shoppers to spend more with the #localshops and use local services like ours to help our high-street remain diverse and interesting. Join us!

Take a pledge!


How to record small percussion instruments

Recording hand percussion is often more challenging than it would initially appear to be. Part of the problem is that often the sound pressure levels aren’t that high — so close-miking appears to be sensible approach to take — yet a lot of physical movement is involved in playing the instrument in question, making distant mic placement seem like a better option.

Whatever you’re recording — from balaphons to finger cymbals and thumb pianos — you will need a microphone that is able to deal with a very wide range of frequencies. Percussion obviously involves a lot of fast transients, and the detail of the sound is conveyed by those transients, so a responsive microphone such as a capacitor is a must. But ribbon mics are enjoying renewed popularity, thanks to the new cheap components flooding the market. These tend to sound smoother and more natural than capacitor mics, without any resonant emphasis at the high end (which can be an issue with tambourines, for example). However, most have a figure-of-eight polar pattern, which will result in more room pickup than, for example, a cardioid mic. Some ribbons are designed with ‘bright’ and ‘dark’-sounding sides, so some experimentation may be appropriate to see what complements the percussive sound best.

Deciding whether the sound of the room enhances or degrades the recorded signal is something that you will have to do after listening to what’s coming from the mics. Generally speaking, domestic rooms tend to sound boxy and add little to the life of the sound. Therefore, you may be better off keeping the recording fairly dry and then adding ambient reverb (predominantly early reflections) when you mix. If you find that you’re getting too much of the room sound in your recorded signal, you can place a broadband absorber, such as a commercially available filter or some thick duvets, behind the mic.

Mic positioning varies from instrument to instrument, but my general rule for capturing a natural sound is not to bring the mic closer than the longest dimension of that part of the instruments that produces sound. In the case of a drum, this would be the head diameter, though as with all drums, you can mic them very close up if that produces a more useful sound, even though it may not be as accurate as miking from a greater distance. It’s always best to search for the sweet spot, but as a fallback position, you can usually capture a decent sound by miking over the player’s shoulder, providing the instrument sounds good to the player.

Absolute rhythmic accuracy is usually of prime importance with hand percussion, and if the performer’s abilities are limited (playing hand percussion accurately for a three-minute track is extremely difficult and tiring), then there isn’t much shame in identifying a bar, or a couple of bars, that work well, and then copying and pasting them as necessary in to the track.


How to get a gig if you’re an unsigned band

Once you and your band have strung a few decent tunes together, and you’ve practised enough to give yourself (and all your neighbours) tinnitus, there’s only one thing left to do. Play a gig. Getting out there and getting your music heard is essential for young bands but, as all too many know all too well, sometimes it’s not that easy.

1. Make sure the music is recorded to a high level

When you get sent a track and the quality of the recording is good (doesn’t have to be studio level), it makes you take the music a lot more seriously. It’s harder to get into the music when it’s an iphone recording and you can hear a baby crying in the background. Well recored music sets a precedent and shows that you’re taking the project seriously.

2. Send an Email that makes sense and give context

Everyone complains about the amount of emails they receive so best to send something that is short, concise and easy to read. Make sure there is a link to music that works (the amount of times I’ve tried to open a soundcloud link that doesn’t work) and maybe include one video that has some sort of live element. If you don’t have this, don’t worry, one track is fine. If the booker likes the music, they’ll want to hear more and will respond to you. If you’ve supported artists on the way up, or have played reputable music venues, mention that in the email, it gives context.

3. Always follow up

If the person you have sent the music to hasn’t responded after a week or two, it’s totally fine and advisable to send a reminder asking them to give you some feedback. The likelihood is that it’s just at the bottom of their inbox. Don’t send a rude email or constantly chase up every day.

4. Go to a gig / open mic night

Try meet the person who books these shows. Go to gigs and meet artists, make new friends. You’re more likely to get a gig if you have a personal relationship with the booker or the band!

5. Keep on writing

If you’re struggling to get gigs it might be because you’re not ready! Keep on writing and don’t give up. Lots of young musicians try to get out and gig too early so don’t get deflated if no one is getting back to you yet.

Thank you for loving us!

Our 20th anniversary Party day was officially open by our Local MP ‪Catherine West MP and Dr Who himself #PeterCapaldi who cut our cake and ‘played’ host until 2pm. Over 200 musos come through our doors on 1/5 to wish us well.

We would like to thank all our bonafide friends who came to help us celebrate but also those who could not make it but sent their love.


We would also like to thank ITV News, Guardian, Evening Standard, Becky Beach, Making Music, Art Channel, Art Council, Ham and High, Britic, The Archer and other media for generously covering our 20th anniversary. We are sincerely touched.


Thank you to our staff, clients and community who contributed to our 20 years of success.
Through the years your talent and loyalty have helped us live the dream.
Together, we take pride in our accomplishment and our commitment to bonafide approach to #MakingMusic.
Here is to 20 more!

20 Year Celebrations at BonaFideStudio

Open Day on 1st of May 10am-10pm. All Welcome!


After 20 years in Music Business and 7 years in this neighbourhood, no wonder it feels that BonaFideStudio is such a permanent fixture of the Muswell Hill community.  When on 1 May 1999 Deanna and Brian Bogdanovic opened the door of their brand new recording studio for the first time, not even they could have foreseen how much it would grow.

BonaFideStudio now work with some of the biggest names in the industry but have most certainly not forgotten the up-and-coming artists who are the stars of the future.  At their heart a family business, Deanna and Brian are always the first to be involved in community events, and passionately believe in what they do.


But 20 years calls for some celebrations!
Deanna and Brian and the team will be holding an open day at the studio:

Wednesday, 1stof May 2019, 10am-10pm

and everyone is invited to come along between 10am-10pm for some cake, drink and a complimentary t-shirt.  Collect your t-shirt and then head out, take photos and tag the studio, and those in the most unusual places will earn themselves some free studio time.


So mark your calendars and come along for an inside view of the studio and a chance to chat and celebrate with Brian and Deanna.


Bonafide Studio

13-14 The Viaduct

St James’s Lane

London N10 3QX

A Muswell Hill family run recording and rehearsal studio BonaFideStudio, celebrates two decades of making music on 1st of May.

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Deanna Vukovic Bogdanovic founder of BonaFideStudio and has been at the helm since its inception in 1997. After two years of fundraising, her dream finally came true on 1st May 1999 when BonaFideStudio opened its doors to the public in Curtain Road, Shoreditch. In 2012 studio moved to Muswell Hill, North London and became an integral part of our community. BonaFideStudio was behind many events in the area, from Muswell Hill Festival to MidSummerMuswell and A Very Merry Muswell always providing its exceptional skills, equipment and experience on voluntary basis.


“We pride ourselves in our vision to continue to grow in the community by incorporating multiple services such as community events, sound engineering tutorials and music tuition. I am looking forward to this 20thanniversary celebration with the community that has supported us for so many wonderful years. BonaFideStudio will continue to offer exceptional value studio services to up-and-coming and established artists, along with an expanded community outreach to young people’s music projects and charities, including workshops and music clubs for children and teenagers.” said owner Deanna Vukovic-Bogdanovic.


“With the addition of a state-of-the art recording studio, rehearsal studio and equipment hire, BonaFideStudio has truly grown into a blend of music services over the past 20 years. Moving to Muswell Hill has helped us fulfil our desire to live a more community orientated life.” said chief sound engineer Brian Bogdanovic.


About BonaFideStudio

They’ve been recording and producing audio for 20 years now, they’re pioneers and innovators in their field. And that’s not bragging; just humble truth. They worked with some of the biggest names in Music Industry: from Prodigy and Kings of Leon to One Direction and Tinie Tempah.

BonaFideStudio prides itself in being one of London’s most professional, fun, and affordable recording studios. They have great equipment, a convenient location tucked away in Arches of Parkland Walk, but most importantly, a good vibe.

BonaFideStudio offers a plethora of services from recording, composition, editing, mixing, mastering to practise rooms, pop star parties, equipment hire and tutorials.

Their impressive roster of musicians, songwriters & corporate clients continues to expand and encompasses majority of musical genres including classical, jazz, rock, pop, hip hop and more. This versatility allows them to move seamlessly from one genre to another creating stellar recording results.

They understand the key to a successful recording session is creating a comfortable environment that allows for both efficiency and creativity. Their client list speaks for itself, and they’d love to add you to it. Book your free consultation:  020 88839641 & 020 84445054

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To mark their 20thanniversary stop by BonaFideStudio on 1stof May


For some cake, drink and a free t-shirt.

(wear their t-shirt at the most unusual of places and tag them on their social media for free studio time.)


Thank you Deanna Bogdanovic and Brian Bogdanovic and the team for doing what you do and here’s to twenty more years.


By Cara Jenkinson, Muswell Hill Sustainability Group


Extinction Rebellion Die-In

10 years is not a long time. That is how long we’ve got to cut global carbon emissions by 50%. The world’s leading climate scientists have warned that if we don’t do this, there will be a dramatic rise in species extinctions, floods and extreme heat waves. Those changes won’t be reversible – once a species is extinct, it won’t come back. These are some of the hard facts, all from mainstream sources:

Climate scientists say beyond 1.5 degrees of warming isn’t safe, but we’re heading for well over 3 degrees.

200 species become extinct every day, due to habitat loss and climate change.

We have lost 60% of populations of vertebrates since 1970.

Land the size of a football pitch was cleared from the Brazilian Amazon every second in 2017.

10% of the world’s population (1 billion people) are forecast to be climate refugees by 2050.

I’ve been involved in Muswell Hill Sustainability Group for 10 years. Our aim has been to encourage and help local people to cut their own emissions – it is the rich developed countries that produce the vast majority of carbon emissions, and we have a responsibility to waste less energy and resources. Through our regular events, street-stalls and workshops we’ve given advice to hundreds of local residents about cutting their personal footprint on the planet.

But individual action is not nearly enough – governments around the world have to radically step up action. That’s why I now support Extinction Rebellion. Launched in October 2018, its approach of non-violent civil disobedience quickly gathered media attention, and the movement has spread like wildfire around the world. Young people, who will be impacted most, are no longer silent – over 1 million students in 150 countries participated in the school strikes in March.

On Saturday 13th April 11.00am we are holding an Extinction Rebellion Die-In in Muswell Hill. Die-ins are being held in cities and towns across the globe – to demonstrate to media and politicians that action is needed now. Join us on the 13th outside Planet Organic, 109 Muswell Hill Road, N10 3HS – we’ll be wearing black to mourn the species lost, and the wonderful Deanna from Bonafide Studio will be providing the music. During the following fortnight 15-30 April the International Rebellion, organised by Extinction Rebellion, will be taking place – expect major disruption in the centre of London. You’ll be able to find out more on Saturday 13th.

After the die-in there will be debate chaired by the local MP, Catherine West, on “Haringey in a time of Climate Emergency” at the British Legion Hall, Muswell Hill, N10 3NG.

Get involved – it is only by everyone uniting that we can make a difference.