From the outside you wouldn’t think it would be home to some of Glasgow’s most creative minds, but the Whisky Bond at Glasgow’s canal side is full of surprises.

Looming large, the Whisky Bond provides offices and studios in a space up to 3,200 square feet and is becoming home to some of the city’s best creatives, including Turner Prize winner Charlotte Prodger.

And, as expected from a city like Glasgow, music heads are taking heed.

“It’s been great because all the businesses here are creative businesses”, says Shaun McCluskey from music production company Digital Natives. After moving in less than a month ago, Shaun and his brother Liam have already hit the ground running.

“I came here when I was 13 to buy my first computer”, says Liam. “I got it on Gumtree. I was waiting downstairs and this really cool looking graphic designer came down to give me it. I never forgot it and that was how we found here. We’re originally from Ayrshire.”

Digital Natives are one of the plethora of music businesses moving into the fifth floor of Whisky Bond. On the same floor is Tentu, a music visuals and photography company, and EmuBands, an independent label and streaming facilitator. Music in Glasgow – the way it is consumed and created – is changing, and this corridor reflects it.

“We’re a collaborative bunch”, says Tentu’s Stevie Kyle when I ask him about the Scottish music community. “We’ve always had different people in and out of the studio, sharing jobs. Last week we were out with NME doing a video for Belle & Sebastian on a boat in Greenock.”

“The shared culture has grown. Music has always been good but the work alongside the music has kept it up. It’s nice to recognise faces out and about and it’s a really Glasgow thing to be able to do that”.

He’s right of course – go to Box on Suchiehall you’ll and see Fatherson’s Ross Leighton working, or the Hug & Pint and get served by Adam Leighton, the frontman of We Were Promised Jetpacks. The companies on this floor think of all the things that you wouldn’t usually think you’d have to think about when it comes to music – and that’s because these companies do the thinking for you.

“On this floor you could make a bands’ career”, says Tentu’s Ryan Johnson. “You could start at one end and produce the music, shoot and film their visuals half-way up the corridor, sell them and get them on streaming services, book their tour and get them out there. They’d be good to go.”

Only five minutes from the west end or the city centre, the Whisky Bond is both prime location and excellent in its enabling of creativity. This, of course, is only one of its varying formations – built in 1957 by Highland Distilleries, the Whisky Bond was initially used as a bonded warehouse, and then a mushroom factory. Regenerated by Isis Waterside Regeneration, it reopened in 2012 as a co-working and office space for the colourful minds of Glasgow.

The Whisky Bond’s Fiona MacFadyen commented: “Moving into the summer, it’s fantastic to see really interesting and diverse businesses such as House 51 and Suite 15 moving here. The Whisky Bond is home to a very eclectic collection of creators and we are seeing a growing community from the music industry taking space here…we’re delighted showcase everything The Whisky Bond has to offer to the new members of our creative community.”