Located in a cool little street opposite St Ali and Smalls Wine Bar, and just a short stroll from the South Melbourne Market, the facility was known as Lifesaver Studios throughout the 1990s. In 2000 it was renovated and re-launched as The Base Recording Studios, and began to attract freelance engineers and producers to the studio.

In 2007 Phil Threlfall installed his Amek G2520 console, outboard and mics into Studio 1, and set about capitalising and building upon the excellent facilities. Within a few short years Phil had increased the quality and output of The Base, adding to the great reputation and presence in the Australian music industry.

Phil purchased the business in 2015, and by maintaining a focus on producing excellent work while adding and upgrading equipment and facilities, The Base continues to grow and collaborate with many well known Australian and International artists.

In 2010, The Base also became home to Affinity Music Group, with producers Styalz Fuego and Nic Martin settling into Studios 2 & 3. This gave them the support and facilities needed to continue delivering award winning work, and the partnership continues to be a strength for both Affinity and The Base.

Today, The Base continues as a three studio facility, offering a fantastic environment to create and realise art into finished - and frequently award winning - records. Some of the recent sessions in The Base include Ed Sheeran, Ameriee, Diplo, 5 Seconds of Summer, Switch, Tina Arena, Charli XCX, Mayer Hawthorne, Big KRIT, Trinidad James, Skepta, Wiley, Drapht, Kimbra, Illy, Bliss n Eso, 360, Pez, Bonjah, Peking Duk, Spit Syndicate, Thelma Plum, The Aston Shuffle, Kita Alexander, Kerser.. and lots more talented independent artists.

Backed up with the experience and expertise of Phil and the extended family of session players, orchestrators, top-line writers, beat producers and mastering engineers the Australian music industry can boast, The Base is one of Australia's most prolific and respected boutique studios.

Phil and the team welcome all to The Base - whether it's a writing, recording, mixing or even just for a chat about all things musical, it's a welcoming and friendly place to get creative.


 Phil Threlfall, owner and mix engineer at The Base Recording Studios

Phil Threlfall, owner and mix engineer at The Base Recording Studios