Ed Harcourt talks highs and lows of songwriting and collaboration

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During our exploration of Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter and producer Ed Harcourt’s Oxfordshire studio, the inevitable question arises – about whether modern studio technology is a good thing and whether having unlimited track counts and thousands of instruments at your disposal is beneficial to the process.  Ed’s view is that in the songwriting sphere, less can be […]

Ed Harcourt on establishing and maintaining a career as a songwriter

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When embarking on a career as a musician and particularly as a songwriter, there will inevitably be difficult and challenging periods; the real-world pressures of maintaining an income, the slog of dealing with an often unsupportive industry and of course, simply keeping creatively stimulated and feeling that inspiration to write worthy work. Ed Harcourt is […]

“The less time I spend in the studio, the better the end result is”: producer Roland Tings

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Roland Tings’ music makes an impression. At least, it did on Norwegian disco supremo Prins Thomas. When the veteran heard Tings’ first EP in 2012, he was compelled to sign the newcomer. Tings’ debut album was released in 2015 on Internasjonal to critical acclaim, and the much-lauded Each Moment A Diamond EP followed in 2017. Now, […]

Ask Abbey Road: Engineer John Barrett on vocal mics, pet peeves and finishing a mix

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This is the second of a three-part interview with Abbey Road engineer John Barrett. The first part focused on how the Avengers: Endgame soundtrack was recorded at the studios. John has been at the legendary studios for 14 years and shares some of his advice on production. If you have questions for the Abbey Road […]

Ask Abbey Road: John Barrett talks Avengers: Endgame score recording

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The third recording professional to take your questions in our Ask Abbey Road feature is John Barrett, one of the studio’s newly promoted, and up-coming audio engineers. John has 14 years of experience at the iconic facility, rapidly rising the ranks, from tea boy to assistant engineer to score recordist, and recently, to engineer. The […]

Synth-pop juggernaut Georgia on her gear, production and being born in the studio

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Hype surrounding Georgia first started building back in 2015 with the release of her debut self-titled album, when The Guardian listed her as one of the artists to watch of that year. However, the artist and producer then seemingly disappeared over the next three years, refining her sound to perfection and is now trickle-releasing the […]

Dani Bennett Spragg discusses her engineering process and studio setup

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Dani Bennett Spragg’s approach to a typical session can vary, with required set-up time altering based on the artist she’s working with. However, there are some rules that always apply. “Because I work in house at Hoxa HQ [in London’s West Hampstead], a lot of my sessions are with people that I’ve never met before. […]

Jonas Blue talks about his Yamaha CS-80 and finding mainstream success

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Breaking through with a tropical-house-flavoured cover version of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car in 2015, Jonas Blue has become a regular name in the UK Top 10 with huge follow-up singles Perfect Strangers, Rise and Mama being multi-Platinum sellers. A steady tour schedule, remixes and production work for other acts also keeps Jonas pretty busy, but […]

UDO takes us inside the upcoming binaural Super 6

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There was a palpable surge of excitement upon the initial revealing of the Super 6 at this year’s synth extravaganza (and annual highlight) Superbooth. Firstly, there was the design – with the tactility of the pots, switches and faders harking back to the glory days of Roland, Korg and Yamaha. Once we were drawn in […]