I am a mixing engineer and sound designer who has worked on several of the largest podcasts in the UK and mixed music for television, films and for live shows. I work regularly with bands and comedians and have extensive mixing and touring experience.
Jo Walker is a Brighton based Sound Designer and graduate of Central School of Speech and Drama from the “BA Hons Theatre Practice: Theatre Sound” Course. He is a multi-instrumentalist and specialises in devised work. His recent works include The Scar Test by Untold Arts, Erik Satie - Faction by Alistair McGowan, In Our Hands by Smoking Apples Theatre, Pioneer by curious directive, and assistant sound designer for Odyssey by The Paper Cinema. He’s also the tour manager and front of house engineer for Alex Horne and The Horne Section, Love Island's Iain Stirling and technical production manager for Al Murray.
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Interview with Jo Walker
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on the project. Digital is getting better and I believe most of the audience no longer can tell whether it has analogue or even hybrid elements involved. Digital allows for quicker changes and faster work flow, however, in some projects you can tell from the first listen that the analogue approach would suit the piece better.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the variety in my job, its nice working in different genres and with different goals in mind. My job and purpose are to take what's in the artists head, understand their vision and enhance it.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been mixing bands since I was 13 back in Jersey. I left the rock in 2009 to study sound design at Central School Of Speech And Drama. I have been working professionally in the industry since graduating in 2012, both nationally and internationally.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work a lot on mixing songs and podcast episodes for comedy band The Horne Section. I have been their Tour Manager and Mixing Engineer since 2013. Since working with them I have mixed and mastered 2 albums with them and 1 single.