I'm a producer, guitarist, mixer and songwriter who’s worked with Thelma Plum, Middle Kids, Jack River and Annie Hamilton among others.
I cut my teeth as a session guitarist and producer at Oceanic Studio in Sydney. I learned to engineer, mix and produce tracks by assisting Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil), Paul McKercher and others. I've produced and mixed tracks for Thelma Plum, Annie Hamilton and Jack Grace and toured with Middle Kids and Jack River.
I work out of Golden Retriever, Oceanic Studio and my own studio in Sydney, and offer production, mixing, electric and acoustic guitar and top-lining for your tracks.
My love and speciality is guitar-based music - singer/songwriters, indie rock, Americana etc. I enjoy pulling sounds from the 60s and 70s and bringing them into today's musical contexts. I have a collection of vintage guitars and amps, an API/Pultec style channel strip for tracking and mixing, and a U87 microphone to capture these sounds. I like to take advantage of the editing and recall benefits of in-the-box mixing, but run stems thru external hardware EQ, reverb, saturation etc.
I've worked with artists who have complete tracks that just need a few finishing mixing touches, and artists that just have a vocal melody recorded on their phone that they need fleshed-out and turned into a finished song. I'll work with you to create something you're really proud of.
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Have known Pete for years as an excellent musician and human. We worked together on a musical podcast where he arranged, recorded and mixed 8 alt-country tracks for me. Pete brought his own style and ideas and nailed the brief first go. We were also working remotely from interstate but he made the process easy, reliable and fun and pretty much took the producing out of my hands managing the schedule for a bunch of different musicians recording. Highly recommend this guy!
I've been working with Pete for several years now across various projects (he has engineered, produced and mixed a bunch of my music and also has played in my band) and I cannot recommend him highly enough. He is an insanely talented guitarist, an absolute technical wizard, has all the coolest gear and comes up with excellent creative ideas. He has great taste and creates an instantly relaxing and fun studio experience.
I’ve worked with Pete a couple of times now and have had great music experiences. He aims for a relaxed, productive and creative vibe in the studio creating amazing music and finishing results. He has an efficient and professional work ethic sticking to time and budgets, and also letting creative ideas flow to produce great work
Interview with Pete Covington
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My 1949 Gibson ES 150 just has so much character, plus has a great unplugged sound too. A nice U87 microphone, a Neve 1073 preamp/EQ, an 1176 compressor and my coffee-maker. I assume there's a pro tools rig on the island?? :P
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-songwriter, acoustic, indie rock, Americana, alt-country.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I love classic songwriting and arrangements and work on getting basic things like the chord progression, rhythm feel and melody right before the recording process begins. Once these things are nailed it's often about staying out of the way and letting the singer deliver a great performance and picking the strongest instrumental elements to support this.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a nice collection of vintage guitars, a U87 and a Black Lion Audio Eighteen channel strip which sounds like a beefed up version of a 70s old American console channel (API, Quad Eight etc). I work in Pro Tools, Logic and Ableton Live and often make synth and drum sounds on my modular synth rig.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Glyn + Ethan Johns, David Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Bon Iver, Andy Wallace, Jimi Hendrix, Phill Brown, Jimmy Page, Dave Cobb, Neil Young
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, mixing and arranging in the studio and remotely. Tracking electric and acoustic guitar, programming synth and drum parts.