Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Golden Fable - Ancient Blue album, which received extensive radio play all over the world and is published by BMG/ Chrysalis. Role: Songwriting, engineering, session work, production.
What are you working on at the moment?
The third album from Golden Fable, Youtube audio and videos for The Joys, and a new EP for Mechanical Owl.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. Analogue recording can be absolutely brilliant, but digital is improving all the time and the recall facility is invaluable.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That every job is given the amount of time it deserves.
What do you like most about your job?
Getting to work with so many talented musicians from all walks of life.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
How quickly would you like to receive the finished work?
Do you have examples of previous work that we can hear?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Please be specific in your requirements and give examples of work that you admire.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Ramirez classical guitar, Cubase, Neve 8801 Channel Strip, Dave Pearlman TM-1 and Gibson Jonny A Custom.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started playing guitar at 8 years old, and have been writing music since my early teens. After being in bands for a few years, I quickly wanted to record my own music. I've now owned a studio for over 10 years and have had music broadcast on TV and radio all over the world.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Thom Yorke. I have huge respect for his writing and the way he has constantly adapted and pushed himself throughout his career.
Can you share one music production tip?
Think about what is best for the song, not what shows off musical or technical prowess.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Folk, electronic, Americana, singer-songwriter, post-rock, instrumental, classical.
What's your strongest skill?
Attention to detail and high quality results.
What do you bring to a song?
An extremely strong work ethic with a strong eye for detail. I strive to make each song unique and full of character.
What's your typical work process?
9-5 studio work, 6 days a week. Work includes: song-writing, arranging, mixing, tuning, session work, production, mastering, tracking, editing and more.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Software - Cubase 6.5, UAD (Neve, Manley, SLL plug-ins etc) , WaveLab, Komplete
Outboard - Neve 8801 channel strip, TC Electronic M-One XL
Mackie D8B 48 channel mixing desk
Speakers - Yamaha NS-10, Wharfedale
Microphones - Pearlman TM-1, Blue Kiwi, Shure SM57 (x 3), Shure SM58, Shure Beta 58, T.bone RM 700 (x 3), Sennheiser e906 and many more
Keyboards - Roland RD 300, Roland VK8, Nord Lead 2
Drums - Tama Arkstar
Amplifiers - Orange Rockerverb 50 with 4x14 Orange Cab, Orange Tiny Terror, Vox AC30
Guitars - Gibson Jonny A Custom, Fender Custom Shop Deluxe Stratocaster, Taylor 314CE, Jackson
Other instruments - Double Bass, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Harmonium, Banjo, Mandola, Cello, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Bouzouki
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Beck, Damon Albarn, Bill Fay, David Wrench, John Williams (Classical Guitarist).
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Full production. Arranging, session work, engineering, tracking, mixing, mastering.