What inspired you to become a Producer and Composer?
I was always fascinated by the concept of recording music, and how sound can be manipulated as part of the recording process. Whilst still at school I built a small microphone mixer, really just so I could record my band. It became clear very quickly that I was more interested in the arts of recording, producing and composing music than I was in performing it.
What are some of your earliest influences?
I first became aware of what might be possible in music production through the music of The Beatles. From there I listened to a lot of progressive rock, Genesis in particular, and artistes such as Kate Bush. I grew up in the seventies, so there was a huge variety of new music styles all coming through at the time - punk, prog, rock, new wave, disco, reggae, ska, electronic music, and of course film music all had some very important formative years during that time, and I feel lucky to have heard all this new music as it was being released.
What would you say have been some of the biggest technological advances in recent years and how have they helped your work?
The ability to complete instantly recallable, highly complex film mixes 'in the box’, at a higher quality standard than was achievable even in the best commercial mix rooms prior to computer based mixing, has been invaluable to me.
How have you integrated the Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II into your workflow?
It is the main hub of the studio for i/o and controls my 5.1 monitoring. The sound quality of the a/d and d/a is superb, so all recording and monitoring now passes through that.