the producer

 

 Tascam Porta 02

Tascam Porta 02

early days

My journey into the world of production began at a young age. I was only about 12/13 when I acquired my first tape machine, the Tascam Porta 02. You could record 2 tracks at once, then you could bounce those 2 tracks down to one, record another track, then bounce it all back down to 1 track again, and so on. It was the most exciting thing to be able to record music. And using this thing taught me early on to try and make decisions as I went along. Nowadays a lot of producers leave all the decisions to the end. I've tried doing that and it gives me a headache, so I still try to imagine I'm on my little tape machine.

 

 Boss BR8

Boss BR8

Later on I got a Boss BR8, which was the most hi tech thing I'd ever seen. This was when I first started to record other people. Only kids from school who wanted to make quick demos, but I guess this is when I first started to produce. I still remember the feel of those little faders, I had so much fun with that thing.


Making Albums

Fast forward a number of years and I'd done an A-Level in Music Production and Music, a higher diploma in Contemporary Music and a Degree Jazz. I'd started to play my own music in local bars around Blackpool and I met a guy called Ian Bailey, who knew a studio called The Voodoo Rooms run by Gary Hall. It was all analogue and we recorded to tape. I made my first album there and this further reinforced the idea of committing to ideas and making decisions early on. You can listen to this album here. My second album 'With Fire In Mind' was recorded in Ireland with Karl Odlum (The Frames, Gemma Hayes, Fionn Regan) and finished off by myself and Dave Gerrard. By the time we finished that one I felt I was ready to make an album on my own.