Abbey Road Studios releases documentary celebrating trans talent and diverse genres
Abbey Road Studios released a documentary filmed during a one-day recording session that included an all-trans, non-binary and heterogeneous production crew and recording artist.
The iconic studio space launched the short film on International Transgender Visibility Day, and it was hosted as part of their Abbey Road Equalize program which was launched in 2020 to provide foundational tools, knowledge and support to inspire and empower anyone to enter the music industry.
The documentary – which you can watch here first exclusively on GAY TIMES – features award-winning producer Charlie Deakin Davies, engineer Max Blue Churchill, producer Jesley Faye and contemporary pop artist Andrea Di Giovanni.
The visual sees them recording a brand new song while discussing the challenges trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse people face, as well as the importance of positive trans portrayal.
âFive years ago, I began to think about the lack of visible representation, opportunity and celebration of our diverse trans *, non-binary and gender diverse communities within the music industry, and especially within the recording studio, âMax Blue Churchill told GAY TIMES. .
âI never expected to work on a project of this magnitude, with internationally renowned Abbey Road Studios, as part of their Equalize program, which aims to empower and inspire people by celebrating, normalizing and recognizing trans *, non-binary communities and of various kinds.
Today, on International Transgender Visibility Day, we share a documented experience within the recording studio, celebrating those in the community who are alive today, we celebrate our individuality, our achievements and our challenges. through our own lived experiences and anecdotes, in a safe space that we have created.
âWe have also teamed up with Spectra, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of our diverse and often marginalized communities. Spectra has been our starting point for support, resources and well-being throughout the project and we would like to thank them for that.
âFor me, this collaboration marks an important moment in time, where it is only on the back of the pre-existing foundations laid by the people who came before us within the trans *, non-binary and gender diverse community, and Abbey Road. The Studios’ commitment to supporting the community and recognizing the need for change within these spaces, has it been possible to make this idea a reality!
âI believe it is our duty to continue to advance the hard work that lies ahead, and in particular to normalize the diversity of genres within the studio and the music industry as a whole. This project was daring and innovative, and I feel privileged to have been part of it!