I started my journey in the music business in the early 70s at Morgan Studios, London. I quickly progressed to engineering and ‘cut my teeth’ working on sessions with artists such as Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Seals and Crofts, Man, The Strawbs, Rod Stewart, Argent, Neil Ardley, Hot Chocoate, Blue Mink, The Kinks, Murray Head, The Roches ……
Since then, I have produced, mixed and engineered albums for John Martyn (Grace and Danger), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Variations, Requiem), June Tabor, (Apples, Ashore), Paul Carrack (These Days), Iron Maiden (Iron Maiden), Tristan Mackay (Out Along the Wire, Wire and Wood), Colosseum II (Wardance), Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, Trilok Gurtu (Broken Rhythms), Any Trouble (Wheels in Motion), Ralph McTell (Water of Dreams), Leveret (New Anything), Gary Boyle (The Dancer, Electric Glide, Games), Antonio Forcione (Touchwood, Tears of Joy), Sarah Brightman (Dreamchaser) and many more.
After recording Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic ‘Variations’ album in the late 70s, I was invited to 'try my hand' in the world of theatre. This gave me the opportunity to create the Original Sound Design for many West End and Broadway musical productions including Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Starlight Express, Carrie, Aspects of Love, Beautiful Game, Whistle Down the Wind ….
I also produced and engineered many cast albums including co-producing the Grammy award winning original Broadway Cast Album of Cats and the Grammy nominated Kiss of The Sperderwoman.
I continue to enjoy recording and mixing projects from a wide range of genre and I am available for production, engineering and mixing work at either my ‘Red Kite Studio' or anywhere in the world.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Martin Levan - Red Kite Studio
I have been aware of Martin's work for decades but our first project together was an album recorded at Red Kite in 2011. I can't imagine an atmosphere more conducive to creative work. Part of it is the location, of course, but it is Martin himself who brings the magic. He's the heart and soul of any project he's a part of. As a producer, he's a constant source of ideas that complement and enhance artists' visions; as an engineer, he has an unparalleled depth of experience that serves any recording brilliantly. Work with Martin - don't you think your music deserves it?
Simply listen to 'Grace and Danger' or any of Martin's work, and you will know instantly the quality he brings sonically to any production - his credits speak for themselves.
I have been fortunate enough to work with Martin on two of my albums, both of which elevated my songwriting and playing to levels I could never have acheived on my own. He is a unique pleaseure to work with in the studio; diplomatic and encouraging, yet always striving to make your work the best it can be. I love working with him.
I cannot recommend him highly enough.
I have known Martin for the last few years and have been to Red Kite studios a number times on sessions and with my own projects. Martin’s a superb engineer (his credits show this) who is an expert in getting the best out of your music and out of your in studio performance. I highly recommend any musician wanting a quality sounding recording or even some pre production go to see Martin Levan. A lovely guy with a wealth of experience.