I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to engineer and mix this beautiful piece of music for the hugely talented Oktoba. It has been released as part of the Folklore Sessions Vol 1, along with material from Jacko Hooper, Bess Atwell and George Ogilvie. More to come from this amazing artist…
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Dieselle May has released her new single ‘Sweeter’. It’s a real privilege to work with her. She’s one of those artists with a really clear vision of what she wants a track to be, which is great from a producer’s point of view. I played some guitars on this too, which is always fun.
Dieselle made this video herself, with no prior experience, using an online app. It was a painstaking process, but it’s hard to release a single without a video these days, and Dieselle is one of those people who will find a way.
Her ability to promote her material to radio is testament to this perseverance: Over the course of the three tracks she’s released, she has amassed well over a thousand radio plays. She doesn’t do this with radio pluggers, publishers, a label or a big-budget marketing campaign. She does it purely with determination, communication and a solid product. I am in awe of her.
The track has been getting some great feedback, and has been described on air as ‘Stonkingly-good’ and ‘my favourite track of the week’, and currently sits at No.3 in the Radio Indie Alliance chart.
Check it out below:
I’m so proud of the work we did on this debut single for VOID. The response has been overwhelming, and they’ve landed a sync on BBC America’s hit show ‘Killing Eve’. The show, starring Sandra Oh is getting stunning reviews, and the quality of the music highlighted. So, it’s a particularly great achievement for the VOID boys, and thoroughly deserved. More to come from us as a team.
‘Ache’is part of the Killing Eve Spotify playlist here https://open.spotify.com/user/bbcamerica/playlist/3w18u69NplCpXVG4fQG726
I had the honour of producing this awesome band, an anonymous duo who make music for those who struggle with life in whatever way. Ache is getting an incredible reaction from fans on their Twitter feed @V0ID__ evidence that their music is truly providing a supportive connection for those who really it. They’re a hugely talented pair, and what they’re doing is genuine and worthwhile. Check them out…
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.