In a massive effort this week Shadowgame and Flight For Giants pooled their combined efforts and members and we hit Head Gap Studios and set out on the epic mission of recording two albums worth of drums and bass in just five days. Thanks to the serious chops these dudes have it was an epic week of beautiful calamity….I can’t wait to get these two records done, top shelf….top shelf indeed.
As part of my supporting the Gunn Music Espy Band Comp, I give a prize to a band/artist of my choosing. The prize is the opportunity to do a single with me for free!
The Corner Shop Kids really caught my interest on stage in the competition, and although we had to wait months before we could get in the studio to do this, they certainly didn’t disappoint me on the day. These guys are going to go a long way!
I just spent a killer week up at Arcadia Sound and Vision tracking a new EP from Coffs Harbour heavyweights, The Outcome. I came straight back to The Alley and mixed the pants off it for a few days and now its getting all dressed up and ready to go out.
Here is a little sneaky the band have put together showing off a track and session shenanigans!
I just had the pleasure of spending a couple of weeks with Skyways Are Highways and working on their debut EP with producer Steve James. As always it was a complete pleasure and could not have gone smoother! Speaks volumes to good preparation and rehearsal/pre production and also to how much the recording process/quality/organisation contribute to a fast, creative and cranking mix! Check out the gallery of shots taken over the course of the sessions. Keep an ear out for these guys!
It has been a little while so an update is in order! I have bought a new toy to get me out of the studio and into recording stuff where ever me and my laptop can get to. The RME Babyface is proving to be an awesome little box of power! Its first real trial under pressure for me will be recording a string quartet in a lovely old church for one of the Shadowgame tracks – exciting!
In other news we have been diligently mixing the rest of the Shadowgame record as each track has had its final touches locked down. It was a pleasure to have a very special guest artist tickle the keys for one of them! Also I spent a day with the Engine Three Seven boys cooking up a little surprise for their fans while they take a break from gigging to write their forthcoming full length album.
July is looking to be an interesting month with a good mix of local and international artists coming to grace the couch at The Alley.
Thanks to the very talented Lou Lou Childs, we have a beautifully shot record of tracking the Shadowgame record at Eastern Bloc Studios. Below is a small selection, but I have added the whole lot as a new gallery you can check out HERE.
Andy Jans-Brown Album: It has been a delight to have Andy in the studio with me mixing his debut album that has been 10 years in the making! With Andy having lived a life full of colourful stories ranging from touring as support for ‘Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’, to exploding tour caravans, and growing up in blue collar suburban Melbourne in the 80′s this record is diverse, charming and a great listen. Watch this space…