I feel very lucky to have discovered my passion in life very early on. I received my first guitar on my 12th birthday and have been obsessed with making, recording and engineering music ever since.
I started my audio journey when I bought a cheap second hand Fostex 4 track cassette recorder from the classified ads in the newspaper (Yes, pre-internet believe it or not!) and plugged in my guitar to layer up terrible guitar solos in my bedroom. When I was 16 I attended college and finished a 2 year BTEC (A-level equivalent) in Music Technology. I got my first taste of Pro Tools, a Soundcraft Ghost 32-8-2 mixing desk and DAT tapes and I was hooked. I continued my education with a 3 year Bachelor of Arts in Studio Recording in Leeds and many years later with a Masters in Ethnomusicology.
After university I worked as a live sound engineer whilst pursuing a career as a solo acoustic artist and went on to release several EPs & albums to critical acclaim, playing lots of gigs, festivals and being invited to perform on BBC radio many times.
In 2012 I started an independent record label from my home in Leeds and recorded, mastered and released music from some of Yorkshire's most talented roots and DIY artists. Despite many years of academic training and hands on experience in audio I still had a touch of imposter syndrome so I enrolled in several short mastering courses around the UK. These were single day or weekend courses mostly and they gave me the confidence I needed to send off masters to radio & press. The music Gin House Records put out received great reviews and national attention in magazines and plenty of national and international airplay through BBC radio and lots of smaller stations.
Despite being primarily a live musician I've always had a steady stream of friends and friends-of-friends approach me to record and master music. My humble home studio has evolved from the cassette 4-track to vintage Neumann mics and Neve preamps over the years and at some point I became aware I had more professional equipment (and experience using it) than some commercial studios.
Following a kidney transplant (long story) and the desire to do less touring and find a healthy routine I have finally taken the plunge and opened my first 'proper' studio (or the first studio of mine that's not in a spare room). A room dedicated to mastering audio and improving music. A room full of amazing analogue compressors, equalizers and my cherished ATC monitors. This equipment (not to be called toys, I'm nearly 40) helps me to sculpt sound, add vibe, improve dynamics and nurture your artistic vision.
I'm passionate about music and my love of performing, creating and experiencing sound is ingrained in every project I take on. Translating your music to the wider world are technical and creative challenges I love to tackle. If you'd like to chat about working together and adding a bespoke finishing touch to your musical project please get in touch. I'd love to hear from you.