Recording studio in Brad Pitt’s French villa reopens

A legendary recording studio has been brought back to life, thanks in part to Brad Pitt.

Studio Miraval was the location for dozens of classic recordings, e.g Pink Floyd’s The wall and WHAM’s “Careless whisper.” It is located on the extensive grounds of Chateau Miravala French villa owned by Pitt, 58, and Angelina Jolie47, and the site of their wedding in 2014. It is now a cause of legal disputes in the midst of their ongoing divorce.

In a new one Billboard tire historyPitt and French producer Damien Quintard reveal the studio, which has been used by music icons such as AC/DC, The cure, Elton John and Plughas been completely revamped just a year after Pitt announced it would reopen, giving an insight into the process of upgrading the state-of-the-art space now known as Miraval Studios

Built in 1977 by then-owner Jacques Loussier, a French jazz pianist, the facility was ahead of its time and housed the first solid-state mixer in France. Built to reproduce the sound Loussier heard in concert hall performances, the large secluded facility also contained a separate drum chamber.

It remained in frequent use through the early 2000s, but gradually declined after Loussier sold the property in 1992. When Pitt and Jolie first discovered the villa in 2008, the studio, including its in-house instruments, synthesizers and gear, remained accessible.


It wasn’t until last year that Pitt finally decided it was time to tackle the studio head-on. “There were always plans to renew the studio,” he said Billboard. “It has great historical origins, and so we didn’t want to do it until we could do something special.”

Quintard, 31, was just something special for Bullet train star that told Billboard it was a “matter of instinct” to hire the producer for the job.

“As a French engineer, it was a holy grail,” Quintard said of the experience of redesigning the space. “Miraval is one of those legendary, iconic studios. But it wasn’t until I came to Miraval that I understood how deep the roots run.”

In taking on the renewal project, Quintard made sure to retain much of what gave the legendary studio its rich history.

“It was important to us to keep all the analog technology that was here, but also fully incorporate the best digital technology today,” he said. “We’re not here just to build a new studio: We’re here to honor a legacy.”

The guidance Pitt gave the young producer was to stay focused on what musicians would come there to do: to create. “Let’s create a sanctuary where artists can come in and do their thing.”

In 2008, Pitt and Jolie signed a long-term lease on the 1,200-acre property before officially purchasing it in 2012 for an estimated 60 million dollars. It was a frequented resort for the couple and their six children, and they hosted their wedding on its grounds two years later.

Since the news of their split in 2019, the French winery has become a hot topic, as it is not only a real estate matter, but also involves the wine brand that the couple launched in 2013, Miraval wines.

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In October 2021, Jolie sold her interests in Château Miraval for Tenute del Mondo, whose parent company is the spirits producer Stoli Group. According to legal documents obtained by PEOPLE in February 2022, Pitt claims that Jolie made the sale despite their prior agreement that neither would do so unless the other person approved.

In the trial is Fight Club actor claims that Jolie’s company, Nouvel, owed his company, Mondo Bongo, the right of first refusal and that the sale violated that right. Pitt’s lawyers have also claimed they believe Tenute del Mondo is “keen to take control of Miraval.”

The move was one that Pitt believed was deliberately intended to harm him, as legal documents obtained by PEOPLE demonstrated.

The actor accused his ex-wife of contributing “nothing to Miraval’s success” while the wine company became his “passion” project that grew “into a multimillion-dollar global business” because of his work.

ONE cross-complaint Jolie filed in October says Pitt’s claim is “false” and “no such agreement ever existed.” The filing also claimed that Jolie offered to sell her share to Pitt, but he allegedly “demanded” that she sign a non-disclosure agreement preventing her from “talking outside of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children. ”

“Jolie refused to agree to such a provision and Pitt walked away from the deal,” the lawyers say in the documents.

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