I run Big Nice Studio, a full service recording studio focused on creating unique sounds and forming real and lasting relationships with artists. All the top end equipment and talent of a world-class facility without the corporate stuffiness attached. We're focused on remote production, mixing, mastering, and creative reamping.
I'm Bradford, the owner and engineer of Big Nice, and I focus largely on indie rock and indie pop music. I've produced work for Sub Pop, Sony, Polyvinyl, Run for Cover, Disposable America, and many small labels. My production credits include Bent Knee, Ben Levin, Horse Jumper of Love, IAN SWEET, Squirrel Flower, and NOVA ONE. My goal is to help bedroom artists create commercially viable music while maintaining genuine vibe and soul.
The studio is located in a former textile mill built in the 1840s that sits on the bank of the Blackstone River. We have over 8000 sqft divided into a live chamber with 32' ceilings, a second live room with an open control area layout, a spacious isolation booth, and various other smaller acoustic spaces.
My recording philosophy focuses on creating a comfortable, at-home feeling. Top shelf recording equipment, warm and friendly production, and tons of off the wall instruments and toys to play around with and inject vibe into your sound.
My production services include arrangement, multi-instrument tracking, mixing, and mastering.
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16 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Bradford K at Big Nice Studio
I simply could not have had a better experience with Bradford, and I could not recommend him enough!
Working with other musicians and engineers, I often feel like my songs aren’t *quite* being understood, and there’s always some sort of compromise. Bradford, on the other hand, seemed to understand my song almost better than I did. He made my track sound more like “myself” than I ever could have on my own.
Very, very grateful, I will absolutely be working with Bradford again in the future!
Bradford was really kind and professional! He gave me amazing results super quickly and I couldn't have asked for anything better!
No matter where you look at it from, your experience with Bradford will be wholesome. Smooth communication, great vibes, professional results.
Bradford was a pleasure to work with. He took the time to understand what we wanted and where we were coming from as a band and delivered that elusive 'x factor' we were looking for. I especially appreciated Bradford's communication and dedication to make sure I was 100% happy with the result.
I'm quite happy to recommend Bradford and hope to work with him again in the near future. Cheers! :)
Bradford is awesome. He really gets the "idea" of your song and works along with it, way beyond just line leveling. Very professional and fast turnarounds, if you're serious about your vision and your sound - Bradford is the guy you want.
Bradford is the guy for your music needs. He makes sure that I'm happy with the end result of the song. I'm really proud of how my initial demo turned out to be. If you're deciding if you should work with him or someone else, take this from me: Yes, you have to work with Brad!!
Brad is the most patient, nicest and talented producer and mixer in the business. He literally won't stop until I'm happy, and getting the sound that I want. He's also quick with communication and has a fast turnaround. I'm definitely going to work with him again.
Bradford is awesome!
Great communicator. Fast turn around. Did an awesome job mastering my track.
Brad and I have worked with a few bands together on multiple projects. I have always been impressed with Brads choices for tracking and mixing, and I have learned a great deal through his approach. Brad is one of the few engineer/producers in the region I've worked with whom I feel is fully invested in every creative endeavor he is associated with. He is very easy to work with, has a wonderful sense of humor and wit, and possesses a deep knowledge of how to use his beautifully curated studio to the benefit of everyone who works with him.
I've worked with a lot of engineers, and Brad is my all time favorite. He's got a great ear, tons of knowledge, but most importantly of all he just has the most amazing attitude. I've made the most absurd, pain in the butt requests to Brad, and even if it's at the end of a long day (or even week) of work, he never flinches. His commitment to the artist and the music is just incredible. That's why he's my go to engineer for every project that I work on.
"Engineer" is really too narrow of a term to describe Bradford--he's a person who considers taste from all angles of his life, from visual aesthetic to fashion to media, and of course, to music and sound. Brad is an incredible artist whose intuition I trust deeply and wholly, a trait that feels rare to stumble on in humans in general, let alone sound engineers. Our working together on an LP has led to a longstanding creative partnership that I value and leverage ALL the time, from just wanting general feedback to direct collaborations and everything in between. A lovely creative soul.
Brad at big nice is the only person other than myself that I will let anywhere near my music. His approach to recording really tends to the artist. He always has the utmost respect for you and your songs and I truly feel like he realizes how important they are to you. At big nice there is so much to explore you can truly get any sound you’ve ever wanted there. If you have an idea of something you want / a certain tone on guitar you can try out a vast amount of amps and guitars. Go there with your dream album in mind and brad will be there 100% of the way to help you execute it.
I have recorded at Big Nice on a few occasions and every time has exceeded expectations. It has everything you would ever need (and then some) - the intelligent, honest, and talented staff/producers, the wonderfully inviting and warm recording space, any/all instruments you could think of and access, and this is all next to the beautiful Blackstone River. This is THE SPOT to record and bring your songs to life. I 100% will be using Big Nice in the future and I recommend you do as well - you will not regret it.
Honestly, hard to imagine working on any future projects without Big Nice being involved - the array of gear is vast & the rooms are massive, to be sure, but most importantly there is a constant welcoming atmosphere from both the space & staff. You are really getting production if you book here, not just quality engineering! It’s easy to be addicted to a space this comfortable when it always feels like home.
Really enjoyed working here, overwhelming amount of choices. Would book here again, 10/10
A professional approach to personal projects, I felt that what we ended up with captured the original intent as well as letting it breathe and evolve without pushing too hard- extremely happy with what we’ve done so far here.
Interview with Bradford K at Big Nice Studio
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Dereck Blackburn and Vince Welch are both top notch creative mix engineers and good friends of mine.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! There are excellent aspects to using outboard analog gear as well as digital plugins. This type of question is so boring to me - I'm much more concerned with the end result.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started recording bands with a DIY setup when I was in my early teens. I pursued a degree in Sound Design and Audio Production at Emerson College where I graduated top of my department. I worked in various studios before opening Big Nice, where I've been for almost 5 years now. I've been working professionally full-time as a music producer for over 10 years.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I find myself working mostly on indie rock music, and I feel like it's my strongest genre. However, I do a whole lot of indie pop stuff as well. I'm into anything where an artist injects some weirdness or a unique spin on a conventional sound.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of my 8000 sqft facility. Antelop Orion conversion, Toft ATB console, Genelec monitoring. I have tons of outboard equipment and top shelf microphones. Instruments, amps, synths - you name it.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My favorite producer right now is Andrew Sarlo who does all the Big Theif records. I really love their sound - it's visceral and immediate, and his production style helps double down on the intimacy.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My favorite projects are ones where the artist and I work collaboratively to achieve a collective vision - from pre-production through the end of the mastering process, we work together step-by-step towards our goal. I'm capable and experienced in every phase of the process.