Head Engineer at Grouse Lodge Recording Studios, with a career as a touring musician, producer, mix engineer, and obsessive problem-solver!
Originally from New Zealand, I've been based in Ireland since 2012. I'm the head engineer at Grouse Lodge Residential Recording Studios (www.grouselodge.com), and have a mixing room in the heart of Dublin.
I've worked with producers such as "Jacknife" Lee, George Clinton, and Starsmith, and with acts such as Parliament Funkadelic, Catfish & The Bottlemen, and Sam Fender. I produced and mixed the RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominated album "Hemet" by Niamh Regan. See my website for full client list and a wide range of samples.
In short - I live, breathe, and eat music of every kind. My aim is to find and bring out the essence of any music that I'm working on - at the heart of every song is human expression. I see my job as realising your vision for your music! Tell me what your idea is and I'll be listening.
Far from being purely a technician, I've been a musician my entire life. I feel that I bring musicality to my work, the knobs and buttons are tools for bringing the best out of a performance!
As a multi-instrumentalist, I play many instruments including trombone, keys, banjo, mandolin, guitars, bass, programming... I grew up studying jazz, winning several awards in NZ, and was Finalist for Best Folk Album at the NZ Music Awards. I've toured all over the world, including the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, and NZ.
I look forward to chatting about your next project :-)
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Interview with Alex Borwick
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Step One: Discover the personality of a song. Once you've identified that, everything else will gradually fall in to place.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Musical. It's critical for an artist to perform to the best of their ability, regardless of how much fancy equipment you might have at your disposal.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The daily variety. Discovering new music and helping to shape it as best as I can.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a musician most of my life, dabbling in many genres and instruments over the years, and have worked in the music industry my whole career. I gradually got into producing, recording and mixing music in the last decade. I feel that production work is a culmination of my musical experience, in that it provides me the opportunity to work over a broad range of genres, and help talented artists realise their musical ambitions.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My work is hugely varied, but if I had to narrow it down to one genre... indie pop. Any music where acoustic elements meet electronic production.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strong musicianship married with a strong technical knowledge.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An honest, objective opinion. I search for the good stuff and attempt to bring it to the fore. Discard anything that's getting in the way of the song. I always strive to experiment and try new approaches, searching for a unique sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start by spending a bit of time getting to know you, your aesthetic, and what you're looking to achieve. Once I feel that we're on a similar wavelength, we can discuss a timeline and what needs to be done. Basically, I adapt to fit the requirements of a project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Grouse Lodge is centred around a 60-channel Neve VR, with a live room treated by Andy Munro. Large vintage mic cabinet, and enough room to track a live band of any size. I have a small mixing/overdub room in Dublin, it even has natural daylight and loads of plants! Many synths and random instruments to play and get creative with.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jack Antonoff for his wonderful, artist-centric productions. Sylvia Massey for her adventurousness. Andrew Scheps for his straight-to-the-point, logical approach.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing songs to reach their full potential. From engineering, through to mixing, and everything in between. Need a string arrangement? Brass band?