One of my many lounge tracks used for licensing in the UK and around Europe.
A random video that i had to work on for The Weeknd’s Show at the O2 Arena.
Station Sessions Festival 2013 4th April- 9th May
For six weeks straight, i worked at the Station Sessions Festival. Operating the Live Stream direct to YouTube. Doing the social media promotion on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Website and by writing the weekly Station Sessions Newsletter. Also standing in as the event’s organiser for a couple of dates.
I got the chance to work with some really great upcoming artists and bands. Some of my favourites being: AlascA, Balthazar, The Gorgeous George, Kodaline, Lauren Aquilina, Josh Kumra, Yori SwSwart, Soweto Kinch, Strangers, Mise En Scene and Lewis Watson.
A month or two ago Scythes went to record an E.P at the cro’s nest studio in croydon. It was certainly a different studio experience to what i’m previously used to. it wasn’t a bad experience just different. The studio itself was basically one room with a drum kit and mixing console set up inside with an isolation booth for guitar amps and vocals.
The room itself was quite cluttered, with scribblings from previous bands all over the walls. The setting really suited Scythes down to the ground. It had a real raw and punk ethic.
Tracks were performed without metronomes in some occasions and very little editing was applied to the performance. All in all it should be a real raw sounding recording.
During my last few days at the Academy of Contemporary Music. I was required to submit a creative portfolio of tracks i had written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered. Each of the tracks had to be in a different genre. I also had to design and make the CD booklet which had to include write ups for each track.
The above photo being the final product of that. I will try to upload the creative portfolio cd to the discography section of my account.
Last night I was coerced into taking care of the front of house duties for The Cold Harbour’s album release show at 12 bar in swindon. Initially i was not too keen on the idea but It went on to become some really good fun. I spent a large portion of the night adding a whole heap of reverb to snares and vocals in a spectacularly vulgar way but as the band of the night walked on stage i took it a little more seriously, adding far subtler amounts when the sections got a little lighter in dynamic and called for it… basically reacting effectively to the variety of musical changes encountered throughout their set.
A couple of months ago I was given the opportunity to assist Romesh Dodangoda on the drum recording sessions for the upcoming Funeral For a Friend album (to be released in 2013). The sessions were at Distillery Studios in Bath which is an Incredible purpose built recording facility, with so many awesome pieces of outboard gear and equipment.
It was a huge deal to me for a couple of reasons 1. It was my first real studio assistant opportunity 2. I got to work with Romesh!! 3. FFAF were one of the bands that got me into music in a big way.
The level of professionalism during the sessions was amazing to watch. A total game changer for me and something I’ll take note of and apply to any and all future recording sessions. I would love to someday go back and work with everyone involved, if at all possible.