About

About

Since 2005 I've been a music producer, sound engineer, radio broadcaster, songwriter, musician and record label owner.  I run my own facility - Colerabbey Studios - where much of my work takes place.  In the past, I have taught music at degree level for Newcastle College, promoted many shows for international touring bands, and engineered live sound in numerous venues.

 

Recording is special:  it captures a fleeting, deeply personal moment and archives it forever.  Therefore it deserves to be done properly.  I excel at interpreting the ideas of the artist and putting them into practice via the studio; every project begins with a mug of tea and a good chat about what inspired the songs and where the artist would like things to end up.  

I'm also fascinated by different spaces, and how they can contribute to the the atmosphere of a recording, so you'll often find me recording on location in churches, bedrooms and warehouses.  I have a curiosity for unusual sounding textures, and my quirky production style has been employed by a wide range of artists - from math-metal bands to quiet folk singers - to lend their material a left-field, avant-garde edge.  Don't be surprised if I raid skips, kitchen cupboards or tool boxes for percussion ideas, or hang microphones in weird places during takes.

Finally, my core principle is a simple one:  adapt the production style to whatever the music demands, be it a synth-heavy arrangement on a Europop number, to a transparent, hands-off approach on an acoustic ballad... the production must respond to the music.