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.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
8 ReviewsEndorse Bradford K at Big Nice Studio
Bradford is awesome!
Great communicator. Fast turn around. Did an awesome job mastering my track.
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.