|Founder||Ray Davies, Dave Davies|
|Headquarters||84-86 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, England|
Ray Davies (Founder, Owner, Producer, Mixer)|
Dave Davies (Co-Founder, Producer, Engineer, Technician, 1973-1980)
Tony Dimitriades (Business Manager, Konkwest, Ltd, 1973-1976)
Roger Beale (House Engineer, 1973-76)
Roger Wake (House Engineer, 1976-?)
In 1971, the Kinks left Pye Records for a five-album stint with RCA, who offered them a million-dollar advance. Ray and Dave Davies put this and money from recent hits like "Lola" towards a new studio of their own in Hornsey, a mile down the road from their home territory of Muswell Hill. In the past few years the group had mainly been recording at Morgan Studios, in Willesden, London. Albums recorded there included Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One (1970), Percy (1971), Muswell Hillbillies (1971) and Everybody's in Show-Biz (1972).
The Kinks began recording full-time at the studio in about 1973. The group recorded the massive Preservation: Acts 1 & 2 (1973 & 1974) project at Konk, and it would remain their main studio until the group disbanded in 1996. It received a considerable amount of attention recently when English Indie rock group the Kooks recorded an album there, entitled Konk (2008), which topped the UK albums chart in April 2008.
In July 2010, Ray Davies put the studio up for sale as a redevelopment property, presumably to be demolished. In June 2011 Davies announced a delay in the sale saying "It was up for sale but I've got another record I've got to do so we're debating what to do now. It's open for discussion". Since 2011, Konk has also hosted artist showings.
Konk the label was most prolific for a few years in the late seventies. It released a handful of unsuccessful 45s and LPs before it ceased in about 1976, with the departure of business manager Tony Dimitriades. Artists in the roster included a young Claire Hamill and Café Society. Ray Davies secured the fledgling label a licensing deal with ABC Records. Davies later commented in a 1983 interview:
|“||At around this time we also had our own label, Konk, which was almost over before it started. We had a leasing deal with ABC, but they weren't really interested in my plans for the label - they just wanted the Kinks. ... I wanted Konk to have the facilities of a big label. But I soon found I was just a middle-man, handing out money to groups. ... We had to pay all the costs, and then deliver albums to them [ABC], and they budgeted a top price per album of $50,000.||”|
- Ray Davies, Time Out, 17 December 1982
The label continued to release records off and on in the next few decades. Kinks re-releases are sometimes under the "Konk" name, although the distribution is handled by Sony Music's Legacy Recordings. The Kinks fell back to their old label when Columbia Records dropped them in 1994, releasing their last record together, To the Bone. To the Bone was recorded at Konk studios in front of a small invited audience, where the group performed some of their old classics, as well as two new compositions by Ray Davies.
The main room of Konk is the Neve Room, which was featured in the Kinks' 1983 "State of Confusion" music video. The other important room at Konk is the SSL room, opened in the early 1980s, used mainly for mixing and ing tracks.
Over time many artists have recorded at the studio. Some of these include the Stone Roses, the Kooks, Blur, Franz Ferdinand, Elvis Costello, Steve Winwood, and the Bee Gees. Bombay Bicycle Club recorded their album I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose at the studio.