Space Dimension Controller on his new record, harnessing classic synths and creative efficiency in the studio

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“I was a complete mental case. If it hadn’t been for meeting my now wife, I’d probably still be a total disaster.” Irish producer, DJ and electronic music-making polymath Jack Hamill tells us, of how his investment in hedonism and a party lifestyle consumed his life. Meanwhile, his alter-ego Space Dimension Controller has creatively fired […]

Kate Tempest producer Dan Carey on working fast in the studio and harnessing creative ideas effectively

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“When you’re in the midst of making a record, you as the producer are performing almost as much as the band. You need to keep the sessions moving, ensure each day has a good arc to it and there aren’t any gaps because you’re fucking around with MIDI cables.” South London producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist […]

Clean Bandit producer Mark Ralph on producing music with modern listeners in mind

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What magic potion is needed to transform a song into a chart-topper in 2019? If anyone has the recipe, then it’s the brilliant producer, songwriter and musical alchemist Mark Ralph. From Hot Chip and Franz Ferdinand to Tom Walker and Jax Jones via Clean Bandit and Years & Years, Mark has had his fingers wrapped […]

Steve Mackey on producing M.I.A., Arcade Fire: “Persuading artists to turn dials and do extreme things in the studio is exciting”

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“I think it’s tough for new artists to do what Pulp did. Which was to be very unsuccessful for a long time,” laughs Steve Mackey. The former Pulp bassist, now anarchic production auteur, is dissecting the music industry and how it has mutated since he, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle and the rest of Sheffield’s most […]

Hugh Padgham shares essential business advice for the next generation

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With a career sculpting records with the likes of Kate Bush, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates and more, it’s unsurprising that earlier in the year, Hugh Padgham was honoured by the Music Producers Guild with an Outstanding Contribution Award. He’s very grateful to receive this official appreciation of his talents from his industry.  […]

Hugh Padgham on how he created the gated-reverb effect and evolving technology

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Hugh Padgham first utilised the effect that would become known as ‘gated reverb’ on Peter Gabriel’s eponymous album (actually on the track Intruder), before more famously applying it to Phil Collins’ Face Value. It was a somewhat accidental birth, working with an SSL desk at Virgin’s London studios meant a compressor and noise gate were […]

Hugh Padgham on his amazing career and working with The Police

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What sounds define a decade? Think of those big 80s records from Phil Collins, Genesis, Duran Duran or The Police; they all glow with a distinctive pop energy, embossed with the gold stamp of production quality courtesy of one man: Hugh Padgham. With millions of album sales and several mantelpieces buckling under the weight of […]

How hologram technology is changing the future of the music industry

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“Imagine a world where you can experience iconic events like Woodstock, The Beatles’ debut at the Cavern Club or the last performance of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Apollo,” says the British Phonographic Industry (BPI)’s Gennaro Castaldo. Inside the realm of music entertainment in 2019, anything seems possible. From mind-warping visual effects to […]