“Hey Jude”, “Brown Sugar” and “Space Oddity” happened because of this day 50 years ago.


On this day, March 8th 1968, Trident Studios in London was born.

My Dad, Norman Sheffield, having been frustrated by the working culture and technical limitations of studios at the time, decided to create his own alternative start up studio with his Brother Barry.


Norman Sheffield (left) and his brother Barry (right) at Trident Studios, London.


Trident was renowned for its relaxed atmosphere creating not only a great place to work, but also for its continual drive to push the boundaries of technology. It was this unique and beautiful approach that drew the Beatles away from Abbey Road to record Hey Jude. And the Rolling Stones to finish Brown Sugar. And encouraged David Bowie to become Ziggy.

Trident was not only the worlds first full 8 Track recording studio, but through its relaxed culture attracted and nurtured the best talent. In artists as well as the unsung heroes that made them sound great.

Here’s just a small selection of artists that created great work there. It is an enviable list of popular culture:

The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
David Bowie
Elton John
Harry Nilsson
Carly Simon
James Taylor
Marc Bolan & T-Rex
Eric Clapton
The Small Faces
Rod Stewart
Rick Wakeman
Bob Geldof
And, of course, Queen.


Queen are a fine example of my Dad’s and Trident’s passion in supporting up and coming talent; by giving Freddie, Brian, Roger and John the opportunity to develop their craft and lay the foundations of what was to come. And boy, didn’t they build something incredible?!


“This picture was taken at my first gig. Queen were supporting Mott the Hoople in 1973. That’s me bottom left.” – Russell Sheffield, Trackd CEO


Whilst never fully appreciated at the time by the band, especially by Freddie, there can be no doubt what such belief and support for artists can lead to.

Growing up in this crazy, but loving environment and seeing this first hand led me to create Trident Cloud and Trackd. Our little 8 Track Ideas Studio app for your pocket.

Whilst the Studios closed its doors in 1981, at Trident Cloud, we’re out to shape the music industry for the better; supporting the artist from the ground up. One song at a time.

So, please raise a glass to my Dad and his Brother today, the Trident legacy and all that was achieved.

Finally, thank you for connecting with us somewhere in the past. We look forward to you continuing to be part of our future.


Russell Sheffield
CEO & Tea Boy
Trackd Music / Trident Cloud


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