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Recording studio on a bike built by Big Issue man

Big Issue seller Steve James has built a solar powered recording studio in his bike trailer using recycled equipment.

Mr James, 34, who is often seen selling the homeless magazine outside Norwich Guildhall, has made a CD of pub gigs using his invention and is now hoping to record buskers from across the city.

He said: “I’ve been a musician for the last 23 years and thought how amazing would it be to record music there and then using the lap top and solar panels.

“One of the first things I want to do is use it in Norwich city centre to record buskers playing on the streets and then put that on a CD and help them increase their income.”

The 16-track recording system is built into a bike trailer, which is then towed by an electric bike. It is made of car amplifiers and speakers, a laptop for mixing and a sound effects unit.

Friend Pete Hornsby, who helps Mr James with the recordings, said: ““Everything has been bought second hand so it’s recycling at its finest.

“Hopefully by the end of the year, we will have completed the recording studio and will be out at festivals.”

The pair have already recorded one CD of gigs played at the Wildman pub in Bedford Street.

The CD, called the Wildman Sessions, aims to promote local bands and singers and to raise funds for the recording studio. It includes music from local musicians Washboard Chris, Danny Whitehouse, Addison’s Uncle and Dumbfoundus.

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