I’ve been a bit quiet for a while – and this is because I’ve been tied up working on a project with a wonderful singer and writer – Fable. Ben Townsend (my co-conspirator in Man Kill Machine) and I are producing, and the three of us are writing together. It’s such a lovely, creative, flowing project to be involved in. We are very consciously putting ‘The Rules’ on the back-burner. It’s not a question of avoiding the commercial viewpoint, but certainly we’re not pandering to it… always a rather fruitless approach in my experience, because unless you rush things through, the world is a different place commercially than it was when you started. We shall be working on this for the next few months, and it’s a project I’m truly excited about – a record I feel lucky to be making.
It’s the 10 year anniversary of In Nothing We Trust. It was one of the greatest experiences of my past career to engineer this for producer Sean Genockey and the band. We all knew it was a special record, incredible talent – it came before its time, certainly in terms of the UK music industry. But it’s a record that quietly maintained a passionate following over the years. And now, on its anniversary, Blood Bunny Lark Hall is blasted out over the airwaves from none other than BBC Radio 1. It’s a bit surreal to see it finally achieve this sort of mainstream recognition.
So that genius Michael Carnes let me mess about with his new reverb, R4. It’s exceptional and we did a little interview about it. Here’s a teaser clip – more to follow.
Assuming that you have suddenly found yourself in a parallel universe, one where you’re desperate to find out what I think about music production and equipment, you can check out THIS piece in Headliner Magazine!
I’m extremely proud and thankful to have been nominated for a Music Producer’s Guild Award in the Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year category. There are two wonderful engineers, Manon Grandjean and Andrew Hunt also nominated, and I’m not expecting to win in February. But at the end of the day nomination is enough – it represents my peers checking out my work and saying to themselves ‘actually that’s pretty decent’ – and that means a lot to me. And besides, if you’re nominated for ‘Breakthrough Engineer’ of anything, then win or lose, you have by definition ‘broken through’ which in our industry is certainly a milestone. If they’d just have a ‘Slowest Breakthrough Ever’ category, I’d be taking that home for sure. Anyway. It’s a happy day and I really appreciate this nomination, and the people who also worked so hard on the projects that secured it.
I am extremely proud to have engineered some of the material on this wonderful album, produced by Tim Bran and Roy Kerr – Congratulations to them, and of course to Birdy. Awesome.
Battle Cry LIVE has hit the #1 spot on the US Billboard Music DVD Chart, as well as #1’s in Sweden, Finland and Canada. So proud to have mixed this record, produced by the always amazing Tom Allom. I’d love to say that it earned those top spots by virtue of the wonderful mixing 🙂 but actually it’s the band’s incredible energy and performance that makes it such a great product – well worth checking out.
Walking On Cars single, Speeding Cars is BBC Radio 1’s Track Of The Day today, being played on every daytime show. This follows an A-Listing on Radio 2, approaching 2 million views and nearly 20,000 likes on YouTube, and more than 300,000 searches on Shazam. Of course the numbers don’t really mean much once you shut the laptop, but they do represent some thoroughly well-deserved recognition for an awesome and extremely hard-working band. So proud to have worked with them on this record.
Last year, I was fortunate enough to do some engineering on a few tracks for Birdy’s new album Beautiful Lies. She is one of those artists who surprises you every day in the studio – you just don’t think she could sing any more beautifully, or make it look any easier, and then she does. Again. She’s gone in at No4 in the Official UK Album Chart, is the Shazam No1 today, and debut’d at the top of the iTunes album chart in a number of countries. It’s hugely impressive to see how well she’s doing, but not a surprise having seen her work in person. Definitely one to check out.