In a small unit on the edge of Vauxhall, a radio station, record label, fashion company and media academy had just started putting the finishing touches to their brand new creative hub when the coronavirus crisis struck.
The organisation, Big Condo, run by rapper and producer Royzy Rothchild and all-round media mogul Chase-Johnston Lynch, was about to embark on an ambitious programme to bring free media training to teenagers and adults in a community setting, but instead has had to temporarily close its doors before it had barely opened.
For nearly two years, the group's community radio station, Big Condo Radio, has been putting out community podcasts, showcasing local artists, businesses and personalities from their base at the Vauxhall Millennium Centre.
With community at the heart of its programming, the team has brought out some innovative shows, including a grassroots football show held every weekend and run by a group of local teenagers.
Big Condo was recently nominated for a National Diversity Award for the work the academy is doing helping people disaffected from mainstream education develop vital media skills to move out to the world of work, and had just acquired a bigger premises on Vauxhall Road to grow its ambitious project.
Since coronavirus, however, that hub has sat empty - yet Big Condo Radio lives on.
Chase-Johnston Lynch, a media lecturer and former videographer for American hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, hails from Brooklyn and has lived in Toxteth for over 20 years.
He has been working out of his kitchen to keep the show on the road, and Big Condo has now started to produce a regular live multi-act programme of a weekend, streamed online and showcasing local artists from across the city.
Chase told the ECHO: "We're a community organisation and we're still trying to keep people connected.
"We've been looking for a new angle to try to keep things going. It's keeping me sane, I have to tell you that much.
"This crisis changed the way we're doing things - we're doing it remotely and finding it's not that bad except that I'm in my kitchen - we can communicate with everybody and every day we're doing interviews, recording and putting it out.
"Unfortunately, the academy has ground to a halt - we still have the base and the location but we're all isolated. We're just really chomping at the bit waiting to go back to the studio."
The academy, which was set up 16 months ago, has been providing training in media production and music to youngsters looking for a less academic setting, and Big Condo have just secured funding to make sure the academy is raring to go once their doors open again.
Rapper Donno, now 19, was the first student to sign up when he was 17 years old.
Donno told the ECHO: "I'm a rap artist myself, been doing it for about four years - I got in touch with Royzy when I started, and started doing shows with him for Big Condo - after a few years he said I'm starting up an academy and I immediately put my name down.
"From back when I was in school, I was a troubled kid if you want to call it that. I was going through a lot of stuff and school was a big struggle for me.
"I can't pinpoint exactly why but mainstream education doesn't seem to agree with me and I was never able to learn what I wanted. I saw this as a big opportunity I never got from any educational facility to learn the skills.
"Big Condo has played such a big part in my life - I don't even want to think about where I'd be -you could either say it changed or helped save my life. They definitely helped push me in the right direction and gave me the right nudge in my mindset and the things I should be around."
Donno has signed to Big Condo's record label and is hoping to use his musical skills to help others who are going through something similar.
He said: "I like to stay versatile and diverse with music, touching on different topics, but I like to rap about real-life situations - about what I see going on in my community.
"Other rappers do it about what's going on in their community but they glorify it - I'm saying I've been there and seen what that life does with people.
"I'm trying to spread the message of unity and self-awareness and positivity instead of people killing each other all the time."
Royzy Rothschild, a producer and rapper whose music is played regularly on radio stations in the US, knows only too well the challenges some youngsters face, himself having had a difficult childhood where he moved about a lot.
Royzy said: "I started rapping when I was 15 year old. When I was growing up we would be changing house and school every six months. I had a lot of troubles going on - I've lived literally all over Liverpool.
"I used poetry and music to express myself, my feelings and to develop an art form. I love words - there's a philosophy to rap - there are so many things you can do with words, there's techniques and it takes years to master them.
"I try to provide guidance and help students understand the techniques and master them. It makes a difference having someone guiding you and I lead by example.
"For me. it's not just about teaching and mentoring though, it's about explaining decisions and choices."
Big Condo also works with youngsters through a grassroots football show called Game of the Week, giving a unique opportunity for city teens to try their hand at football commentating and hosting their own podcast.
Chase said: "Game of the Week involves young lads who are players for the River Juniors team in the Walton/Kirby grassroots league. We also are joined by two female refs from time to time. They range from 11-16. The kids love it and they're great at what they do.
As well as a media academy, teaching artistic development, music and film production, Big Condo is a record label, and Royzy is always keen to sign up new talent in the city.
Royzy said: "We've got jazz, soul, acoustic, rap and we're looking for a band to sign up now.
"I spend years researching artists in the city - it's great to have the ability to give people a voice."
Big Condo also operates a fashion label, run by Royzy's partner Gemma Rothschild, and as well as producing fashion shows and working with models to establish their careers, Gemma also helps people with issues around confidence to promote body positivity.
Gemma said: "We have people who have come in who aren't happy with the way they look. I say, you can change the way you think about how you look.
"We want to empower and encourage women to accept what they've got even when they don't look the way they think they should."
The team have recently added a new director, Blake Emery, who Chase describes as "mission control" behind Big Condo's move to remote access.
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While on shutdown, the team are looking to keep high end production values and are offering their services for podcast production. Although remote working has brought its challenges, Chase said he's excited by the new opportunities that have opened up for discovering new ways of working and remains optimistic about the future.
He said: "We're all forced to change and adapt and that's what we're doing. We're adapting to the situation that we're in, doing our best to stay relevant in this digital media platform and doing our best to still serve the community, offering people the chance to speak and connect.
"We're not as tactile as we want to be but we're also trying to bring people together in this digital circle.
"First week is the panic and the second week people are talking about 'I didn't really need to be there anyway' but the idea of restriction is hard.
"I'm a homebody - I get more work done from home. It's just that you don't like to feel like you can't go anywhere, that choice is taken away, but then you realise you don't need to do that stuff anyway.
"It's a phenomenon in us that the human spirit can't be stopped, so its all good"
More information about Big Condo can be found on its website.