December 30, 2014
A very long overdue news update, after my busiest year yet!
In January, I finished work on the fantastic A Friend of Mine
EP by Boys School,
featuring my favourite LA guitarist Brett Farkas, and the brilliant Mark Barry (Lord Huron) on drums. The EP was recorded and mixed at Above The Law in Mt Washington, Los Angeles and it's a guitar-rippingly good time fun listen!
Next up I worked on the original soundtrack and score for the film, Basmati Blues
, working with composer Steven Argila
on a feature film musical of epic scale. The score is a colourful mix of traditional indian classical instruments, with a 40-piece orchestra, combined with the vocal talents of Brie Larsen, Scott Bakula, Donald Sutherland, Tyne Daly, and a host of talented session players. The film is due for release in 2015, and I can't wait to go see it on the big screen!
Following on from this, I finished up mixes for the ambitious EP III
by We Are The West
- a recording that was almost a year in the making, starting with a location recording in Santa Fe, NM and finishing with a series of overdub sessions at the band's reverberant parking garage echo chamber, where they host their monthly full moon shows.
Next up, I mixed a killer EP for LA band Archer Black
, titled Let It Burn
. This band is definitely one to watch, and this EP was voted #8
in the top 50 EPs of 2014 by tastemaker blog Buzzbands LA. I really look forward to their debut LP, which will hopefully be coming out in 2015.
In May, I mixed an EP for Irish-born singer/songwriter Alan Boyle
, featuring a wonderful cast of musicians from Brisbane including Adrian Mauro (Silent Feature Era
, Machine Age
), Mardi Lumsden
and Kathryn McKee
. Alan has a raw emotive energy to his writing and performance, which is brilliantly captured on these recordings. I can't wait for you to hear the finished product when it's released in 2015!
In June, I began an exciting album project with my friends Lord Huron
, who took out a lease on a fantastic recording studio space in LA that was built in the early 1960s for legendary soul singer Sam Cooke. The studio had been abandoned for over 10 years, and all that was left (other than an amazing live room & control room) was some 50-year-old wiring that had definitely seen better days. With the help of the band, I undertook the task of a complete studio installation, including a selection of vintage mics, boutique mic pre's & outboard, a huge arsenal of instruments and amps, plus a bunch of funky esoteric gear. The band christened the studio 'Whispering Pines', named after a favourite Johnny Horton song, and are opening it up for rental to their homies in between their own recording and rehearsal schedule. The studio received a couple of great write-ups, which you can read here:
As with their first album, Lonesome Dreams, the new album (titled 'Strange Trails') is a recording of epic scale and grand vision. Without giving away too many details, the band has called on a vast palette of influences ranging from 1950s popular culture, to eastern exotica. It's definitely an interesting new direction for Lord Huron, and I'm sure it'll get a great response when it drops in April 2015.
Well, that's a wrap for 2014! I'm looking forward to some exciting new projects in 2015, including recordings with Westward The Tide
, and many more to be announced.
February 13, 2013
A belated happy new year to you all! 2012 was such a whirlwind, I'm only just now catching up on another website update.
In May last year I finished up work on the debut album by Lord Huron
, titled 'Lonesome Dreams
', which I co-engineered with Rick Parker at Bright St Recorders in LA. The album was released in October, and the boys are currently on tour playing to sold out venues across Europe.
From August - October I had the privilege of co-producing, engineering and mixing the second album by my old friend and musical cohort, Heath Cullen
. This project was special for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the fact that we were able to collaborate with some legendary session players, including Jim Keltner
, Marc Ribot
and Larry Taylor
. A lot of experience, wisdom, amazing stories and inspired playing from these guys - it was truly a dream project to be involved with. The album is called The Still and the Steep and will be released on March 18. I've posted the first single, 'From Father to Son' on my Music
To kick off 2013, I recently completed mixes for a gorgeous three-track EP for my favourite LA folk duo, We Are The West
. I'll post a track on my Music page in the coming days..
Right now, I'm working on a raging four-song EP for LA band, Boys School
. Stay tuned for release info..
May 2, 2012
Long overdue update, but it's been a busy time in 2012 so far, working on full length albums by Lord Huron
and Scott Spark
, a new EP by Chris Pickering
, plus a new song by Heath Cullen
. More info about these exciting projects as their release dates become available - I can't wait to share them with you!
Coming up later this month, I'll be heading on a brief US Pacific Northwest tour with Lord Huron
, taking in the Sasquatch Festival
just outside of Seattle, WA. I'm really looking forward to mixing at another major US festival!!
June 30, 2011
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, latest recordings
here from time to time, so sign up to the newsletter here
if you wanna keep in the loop!
After a few months away touring the US with Lord Huron
and working in San Francisco, I returned to LA at the start of June for the final mixing sessions of the Zenda Marie
record. This album is something I'm immensely proud of - my first US full-length record - and I can't wait for you to hear it! If you wanna preview a few songs, head on over to the music
May 31, 2011
At the start of May, I was midway through the Lord Huron
US tour. We started the month in Pennsylvania then drove west via Michigan, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona back to California, finishing up the tour with a show at the legendary Troubadour
in Los Angeles!
My major realisation from this tour was that, despite what some people say, the music industry is well and truly alive and well - we've just gotta get out there and bring it to the people!
After the tour was finished, I returned to San Francisco and recommenced work on the Zenda Marie
album. The Eye Fives
overdubbed some strings, which really gave a whole new dimension to the songs. Next up I spent a few days at Radical Sound Recording Studio mixing and reprocessing some of these recordings through some tasty analogue gear, which reminded me why I love the analogue world so much!
Also in May, I mixed two songs at Radical Sound for an awesome Australian band called The Rescue Ships
. Check out the music
page to hear their beautiful song 'Plasticine'.
April 30, 2011
This month The Eye Fives
again played at Oakland Art Murmur to a huge and receptive crowd! We were joined by a special guest - our dear friend Robin Waters from The Boat People
- who wowed the audience with his keys, drumming and beer bottle-playing skills!
Following this show, I returned to LA for some tour pre-production rehearsals with the amazing Lord Huron
. Doing live sound for The Boat People
last month was so much fun that I jumped at the opportunity to do a month-long national tour with one of my favourite LA bands.
The Lord Huron tour began in the Pacific Northwest - Portland, Seattle & San Francisco - then headed east through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, DC then NYC. We had some great shows in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Femi Kuti
, then a sold-out headline gig at the Mercury Lounge
March 31, 2011
After a mere handful of writing/recording sessions in February, The Eye Fives
launched headlong into some live shows in March. First up was a crazy fun gig at Oakland Art Murmur, then later in the month we performed at the opening for the Rolph Scarlett art exhibition at Weinstein Gallery
in San Francisco.
Also this month I began work producing an album by a wonderful acoustic duo from LA called Zenda Marie
. We initially spent three days recording the vocals & guitars live at Oh My Studio in San Francisco, followed by a day in LA recording drums and percussion overdubs by the brilliant Mark Barry from Lord Huron
! More overdubs, including strings by The Eye Fives
, to come soon!
Later in March, I did some work in LA with my old Brissy mates, The Boat People
. First up was a private party at the house of the renowned KCRW DJ, Nic Harcourt
, where I did live sound for the first time in many years! A few days later, The Eye Fives
played strings on the recording of an exclusive new track by The Boat People
, produced by Les Camacho
February 28, 2011
The big news this month is that I’ve formed a new band called The Eye Fives
with Savannah-Jo Lack
! Ever since Trinkets
disbanded, we’ve played/arranged/recorded strings for a bunch of our favourite artists, such as: Jackie Marshall
, Silent Feature Era
and Heath Cullen & the 45
, but haven’t made the time to write our own original material together. Now that we’re less geographically challenged, we’re making it a reality! In addition to writing original material, we’ll also be using The Eye Fives
as a vehicle to promote ourselves as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for string arrangements, performances, programming and recording.
January 31, 2011
At the start of the year I was offered a wonderful opportunity to travel to London as music editor for a recording with London Symphony Orchestra
and London Voices
. These sessions were the second of a three-part recording project of the works of the American composer, Nick Strimple
. It was a very quick visit to the UK - only five days - but was truly a wonderful experience to work on a recording featuring some of the finest classical musicians going around!
Following the London gig, I began engineering for the very talented Mr Steven Argila
- a composer who has worked extensively in the Film and TV world here for the past 15+ years. The first major project with Steven was to record and mix the music for a new NBC show called The Paul Reiser Show
. The musical style for this project sits somewhere between the tango sounds of Astor Piazzolla and the kooky sounds of Esquivel. The instrumentation is predominantly acoustic, featuring: violin, steel-string acoustic guitar, piano, accordian, double bass, drums and percussion. For these, my long-time collaborator Savannah-Jo Lack
played violin and did a truly amazing job!