A furiously fuzzy Jam I recorded with a friend one afternoon. I was trying to make this as absurd as possible but still be catchy. I used a plethora of fuzz and synth pedals and put the whole mix through a tape machine to seal the deal.
I initially didn't gravitate towards punk, nor the style of production so it was a challenge to release something the band and myself were happy with - trying to enhance the production without overdoing what was necessary. I feel like I captured the energy of the band while retaining a sound they enjoyed. I had a great time tracking the drums and I feel this experience pushed me to experiment and be creative with post production to enhance the depth of the sound, something that was necessary due to size restriction of my rooms. No samples were used which lead to a more interesting mix. For more of the band click here
The second EP I worked on with ‘The Shalala vines’ was released on September 25th 2015. The songs were a mix of pop rock and hard rock, which required a larger production. We set out for it to sound like a modern rock EP and we were all happy with the end product with the Hard Rock songs being powerful and one including a full string section. This was also the first EP where everything was recorded in my home studio, which helped me to learn how to get the best result from my rooms. The two singles from this EP can be heard above. You can listen to before and after production and mixing here and more of this band here
Damned Implant are a duo from St Helens incorporating stoner rock, grunge and blues elements in their music. We've worked on songs which have ranged from 4 track to 20+ track sessions. Larger track counts are generally through experimentation with guitar, used to enhance and develop the song. I enjoy working with this band as they like raw and dirty lo-fi sounds. I found myself processing vocals and drums through distortion and fuzz pedals. Their requests sparked creativity in search of new ways to achieve different sounds. The first clip above showcases my input through sound design to enhance an otherwise sparse section of the track. To hear more of this band click here
I got the chance to work with Liverpool/London Punk band 'Weird Sex' helping them record and re-release their single 'Trevor'. The song is minimalist, relying on the the band to create the energy and flow so all the instruments were recorded live with only 2 overdubs, one of which is the vocal. The drums also consisted of a floor tom, snare and crash cymbal. So the aim was to retain the bands energy and drive while filling the stereo space with less instrument tracks than I am used to working with. To hear more of this band click here
NESH are an alt rock group from Liverpool. This project was different for me as the guitars were recorded by the band members in their own time and I mixed the stems with the bass and drums I had recorded previously. Their EP provided me with valuable learning curves and knowledge about how to achieve certain sounds, changing how I approach certain genres for an engineering perspective. To here more of NESH click here