Tom Gibson is the owner and director of Blackhill studios. A graduate of the prestigious Tonmeister course and Mentor for ‘The Songwriting Academy’ Tom has assisted and engineered for some of the top producers in Pop - Mark Hill (Artful Dodger, Craig David), Gareth Henderson (Birdy), Chris Neil (Celine Dion, Cher, Rod Stewart).
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Interview with Thomas Gibson
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this for over 10 years, assisting in a number of studios as a teenager and then studying on the prestigous Tonmeister course at Surrey for 4 years I then went on to Intern and engineer for some of the top producers in Pop - Mark Hill (Artful Dodger, Craig David), Gareth Henderson (Birdy), Chris Neil (Celine Dion, Cher, Rod Stewart) I then decided to set up my own studio in my home town of southampton.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I own and run a studio in the centre of southampton, I prefer to mix in the box for the flexibility and instant recall but the studio is full of vintage synths, tape machines and the like. The studios software collection includes the Sound Toys bundle, most waves plugins including the SSL 4000 collection, UAD collection, Melodyne Studio 4, Slate Digital, Plugin Alliance, NI Komplete Ultimate, Serum, Spectrasonics, Arturia V collection... the list goes on. The room is acoustically treated and I tend to monitor on both my Mackie HR824 Mk1's and Equator D5 Mk1s that I have been using for a number of years and am very use to. I also reference and check on a consumer boombox wired up to the system, a set of AKG K701 mixing headphones and apple earbuds.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I have a wide ranging portfolio but over the last 10 years I have specialised in producing and programming pop music, producing folk/singer-songwriters and also producing indie/pop punk bands. As well as mixing in those genres. I also work a lot with professional songwriters to quickly create pitchable demos in a wide range of genres.