Roy Merchant

Mix Engineer/Producer

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Do you need your track to be more defined? More thump? More sheen? With over 20 years experience I've mixed various multi platinum selling records and next year tipped for Grammy nomination.

I started my career in Soho’s early 90’s studio boom by cutting teeth on all things sample based and beat orientated. A great time for Hip-Hop and Dance music, the beginnings of our current flavours. In the late 90’s, after spending almost 18 months moving between London, New York and Jamaica,I decided to plant his feet firmly in Brixton, South London, where I went on to produce and mix a whole host of ground breaking UK Garage and Hip-Pop artists. A multi platinum Mixer/Producer with credits that span from Coldcut to So Solid Crew and Omar to MIA.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Roy Merchant
  • Omar
  • Example
  • Omar
  • Kano
  • Plump DJs
  • John Matthias
  • John Matthias
  • John Matthias
  • John Matthias
  • John Matthias
  • John Matthias
  • Jack Peñate
  • Big Brovaz
  • Big Brovaz
  • Erica Baxter
  • Jakobinarina
  • Mr. Skills & His Crazy Girls
  • Upper Street
  • Upper Street
  • Upper Street
  • Omar
  • Omar
  • Coldcut
  • Coldcut
  • Coldcut
  • JJC & 419 Squad
  • SLK
  • Stephen Fretwell
  • Jeb Loy Nichols
  • Lady Sovereign
  • Lemar
  • Lemar
  • Ministry Offer
  • Ministry Offer
  • Mis-Teeq
  • Big Brovaz
  • Big Brovaz
  • So Solid Crew
  • Omar
  • Omar
  • Omar
  • Autour de Lucie
  • David Bridie
  • The Dreem Teem
  • The Dreem Teem
  • Jeb Loy Nichols
  • Claire Martin
  • Attica Blues
  • Attica Blues
  • Sick Girls

16 Reviews

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  1. Review by pierre
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    I've worked with Roy for over 16 years doing music as a producer, co producer and rapper and i can say that the reason i still work with him is because he is a professional at what he does and also full of wisdom and knowledge when it comes to music. Roy can direct the ship or be that subtle support system in the background that you can rely on when you're stuck or need guidance. He's breadth and depth of experience is very valuable and means he can draw upon a skill set that is rear in our industry of self taught and sometimes short-sighted individuals. I've recommended him to many, people!

  2. Review by Choze
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    Roy professionalism is very rare to find. He always make me feel motivated to achieve the best results in a recording session. Honesty is the best policy and I receive that from Roy which I respect t dearly - Choze

  3. Review by Stephanie Gautier
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    Working with Roy was one of the most natural and easygoing processes ever! He is not only a excellent engineer but an intuitive producer who always understood immediately what I was looking for in the final mix. I worked with him on a full EP and multiple Singles and I was always thrilled with the outcome.Aside from that he is also an all around great guy and has a very professional attitude and work ethic! I would and will definitely work with him again in the future!
    Ella On The Run

  4. Review by Nick Brewer
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    Roy is really easy to work with, has a great ear and understanding for the music I make, my favourite mixer!

  5. Review by Joe Shyna
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    Roy is very professional and always does whats best for his clients. He has a good disposition
    and works with any artist big or small, known or unknown. Looking forward to many more years of working with such a fantastic engineer.

  6. Review by Andy Gardner
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    Best engineer i've worked with. Hands down.
    Musical; intuitive and hard working.

  7. Review by David Sim
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    We have worked with Roy on various projects for at least 5/6 years. Always very professional in his approach, no detail is too small and his work is of the highest quality. Roy is also a great musician in his own right which is an attribute that is too often overlooked by producers. He even has a studio dog! Highly recommended!

  8. Review by Omar Lyefook
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    I’ve worked with Roy for over 20 years now and quite frankly wouldn’t work with anyone else. He just knows how to get my work popping

  9. Review by Antonio D.
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    One of the best producers i have worked with always helpful and his ideas always in check with the vibe of the track ,Roy has worked with myself on lots of projects including a number 4 album in the uk charts and i look forward to working with him in 2018

  10. Review by The Boy in the Corner
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    Always on point with everything over the years. Great communication, work ethic and results. Props. Sick amount of kit/plugins and knowledge.

  11. Review by Lisa maffia
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    Most amazing engineer/mixer/vocal arranger/coach/person/friend come brother I’ve ever met. I created my entire album mix down and I’ve had numerous session

  12. Review by J-Rock
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    I have worked with Roy constantly for 18 years! Our 1st project, the “NU Flow” album by “Big Brovaz” sold over 300k copies in the U.K, and over 3million copies world wide. Roy is a real perfectionist, getting the best from soloists and groups alike.

  13. Review by Ben Kumar
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    Great recording / mix engineer aswell as producer, always highly recommended

  14. Review by Paolo Guglielmino
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    The best mixing engineer that I had in years!!! Top service, excellent communications, quick delivery and great sound.

  15. Review by jethro sheeran
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    Great producer / mixer.. thanks for the mix Roy, very impressed as always.

  16. Review by Seb Tainsly
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    Great vocal production and amazing mix! thanks so much! i cant recommend this guy enough.

    thank you!

    Seb.

Interview with Roy Merchant

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I love woking with Omar, he's such a great talent. Saying that, the material he hands over can be in a pretty bad shape sometimes. His "The Man" album was mostly recorded in his back garden and hearing what we managed to pull out of the sessions makes me smile. When I mixed that project we really captured his unique vibe.

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: I'll put everything I can into your project.

  5. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  6. A: Mac, ATC 25a, Apogee Symphony, U87, DRS-Q4. Shame there's no power on the island...

  7. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  8. A: I started making tea in a studio when I was 16. Watched and learnt from many different engineers and producers. I was in-house at a studio in Soho, London, for 4-5 years then went out to Jamaica to record and mix a few albums. After that I engineered for a range of different dance producers and signed to a management company. This led to engineering and mixing for major labels. 25 years later and about 10 million records later... Here I am.

  9. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  10. A: Electronic.... Pop/Soul/Dance/Indi

  11. Q: What's your typical work process?

  12. A: Import all the files at 48k then get a tempo and strip the audio so I can actually see the arrangement. Then I'll AB the balance with the ref mix so I'm starting where the producer left off, that's really important. I have some nice bits of gear, so sometimes I'll bounce things around to play with their harmonics and dynamics. There's a Phoenix N16 summing mixer that sits at the backend of my Tools session and returns via either an Alansmart C2 or Avalon 747.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I use Protools as my mixing DAW and Ableton for programming. Hardware includes a N16 summing amp fed by an Apogee Symphony and AD/DA 16X. I have a few racks of analogue gear I like to process parts through.

  15. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  16. A: SOOOO many.. Massive Attack were and still are a huge inspiration. Mobb Deep had a great vibe and so did Dr Dre. Armand Van Helden's done a few decent tracks in his time too. Beck and the Dust Brothers have probably inspired many people without knowing. More recently, you can't knock Calvin Harris for consistency and pop sensibility. As far as mixers go Mark Stent and Tony Maserati have done some of my favourite mixes. As I said.. SOOOO many...

  17. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  18. A: Both... Analogue can add a harmonic richness and digital is quick easy and convenient.

  19. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  20. A: I love hearing new tracks, hearing new ideas and new sounds. That said, the best part is seeing people stretch their creativeness.

  21. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  22. A: Beck.. I've always loved his vibe. Folk hop? The dirt, groove and colourful lyrics.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Patience.

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  • Protools
  • Apogee Symphony
  • ATC SMC25a
  • Neve 1073
  • Neve 2254
  • Urei LA4
  • Avalon 747
  • Culture Vulture
  • Phoenix N16
  • Moog
  • MPC
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