Referring to itself as “Central Florida’s premiere recording facility” the studio with a history of more than 20 years had been used in the past by artists as varied as Limp Bizkit, Jose Feliciano, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. KDS proudly lists many of its clients on its website.
The studio’s statement adds that the minimal air conditioning had even forced artists like Eminem to purchase additional air conditioning units just to finish their work. Another citation references a studio soundboard used to record Madonna’s hit “Like A Virgin” had been neglected and destroyed by mold and mildew.
The studio location had previously been home to Trans Continental Studios, owned by record mogul and talent scout Lou Pearlman. Pearlman and his studio were instrumental in the 1990’s for helping create the boy band boom of artists like the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync.
The studio had undergone management and name changes before changing to KDS Music, short for KidSational Inc. Pearlman was convicted in 2006 of fraud to the amount of $300 million and he died in custody in 2016.