Leeds-based trio Gotts Street Park – Josh Crocker (bass, production), Tom Henry (keys) and Joe Harris (guitar) – met through various music studies and friendship networks. Individually their tastes are diverse: from north Indian classical to experimental-jazz, soul to alternative hip-hop but their vision is united:
“The idea of doing things live in one room has always been important,” states Josh. “That’s how they used to do it. Our identity evolved from that.”
Since the collective’s inception in 2012 there’s been an ongoing pursuit to capture the raw, unparalleled vibe that comes from recording music together, usually as one take, sometimes to analogue tape.
That approach is an intentional callback to the methods made famous by legendary studios like Sun and Stax in Memphis, or FAME and Muscle Shoals in Alabama, and their in-house bands. That’s why for years, GSP set up their own studio in a shared house in a tough (but, crucially, affordable) corner of west Leeds, Armley. Gotts Park (historically the home of industrialist Benjamin Gott) was close by – the group’s name was a nod to their local geography, but also the fact it sounded like a seedy area plucked straight out of some of their favourite East Coast hip-hop releases.