On the first weekend of this month, I had Ronan Parke and his production team visit my studio to record vocals on a couple of tracks for his upcoming album.
(Here’s a picture of Ronan in the studio)
Since Ronan left Britain’s Got Talent in 2011, he has been working with ADR Management and AD Records on his new album, due for release this summer. We worked on a number of tracks that will be featured on this album.
It was a relaxed, enjoyable session (Ronan’s manager brought Jaffa Cakes, an instant winner) and I’m looking forward to hearing the final result.
I realised how long it’s been since I updated this page. For the past few months I’ve been trying to build my local reputation and my business and I’m glad to say that things have been on the up.
Since the summer, I’ve been given the opportunity to work on a number of sessions at the Mill Studio. Owner, Jonny Cole, has brought me in on a few sessions as assistant engineer and I’ve now started running full day sessions myself which is a real step forward. It’s such a nice feeling to hear such positive feedback too, especially as a rather pessimistic person!
My own studio, 11a Studios, has been put on the back burner at the moment while I try and expand the facilities. I’m still taking bookings and working with clients, however.
The work with FabSound has been as sporadic as I expected but it’s till nice to be able to say I’m part of something much bigger.
I’ve recently been in touch with an old client who is travelling to Norfolk from Liverpool to work with me, quite an honour! Jacob Greaves, a singer/songwriter, is coming down at the end of the month to work with me at the Mill Studios.
Apart from that, my band is currently looking for a vocalist. We’ll soon be entering the studio to record our first EP so want to get our final line-up set. If you’re a singer or know anybody that may be interested, drop me an email!
Hopefully after today, I will try and keep this more updated, I know I haven’t been on here for a while but I need to post on here more often so look out for more posts!
It’s been quite a while since I did a proper text post, now is as good a time as any!
Things have been going well in the past few months, with freelancing work picking up as well as bookings for the studio taking off.
Work with Interim Records
I recently started working with Coll and the guys at Interim in Norwich on their upcoming collaboration album. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve been doing Production work rather than strictly engineering and it’s been great fun. I’ve had the opportunity to make music for adverts as well as for the album and hopefully this will continue.
Sessions at The Mill Studio
Working at The Mill was something I’d been wanting to do for a number of years as it’s one of the most popular studios in the area and I’d heard nothing but good reviews from clients I’d met. I got in touch with Jonny and went in to assist on a session he had for a charity record. That went well and I was asked to go back in to cover a session for him at the beginning of April. This is definitely a step in the right direction for me and I hope I can do more work there in the future.
My own studio has been getting more bookings recently which is great news, it’s certainly been a fun couple of months in the studio.
Crooks Hall Studio
I visited Crooks Hall today (17th April) to talk to owner John Metcalfe about dry-hire. It’s a fantastic facility and John is a top bloke. I’m definitely hoping to start freelancing out of there in the future.
My “day job” as it were, has been going really well. I recently saw a couple of adverts I worked on in the cinema which was a fantastic experience and seeing some of the music videos I’ve had a part in creating doing well is cool too!
If you have any questions, feel free to reach me on my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For bookings, the same address but with “Bookings” in the subject field.
I spent the day at Rocket Management’s studio yesterday as a trial for an internship/assistant engineer job that they’ve been advertising for. I was one of 5 people that have got the chance to go along and I think it went very well.
I was shocked at was I was trusted with, the engineer Will having never met or worked with me before, I got to set up microphones for acoustic guitar, set up a drum kit, set up a U87 for vocals and was in charge of Pro Tools and the desk while they were doing takes.
It was a fantastic experience, being thrown in at the deep end at a studio I’d never been to before and one I was unfamiliar with.
At the end of the day, Will the engineer, and I sat down and talked about how everything went and he explained that as he had got somebody in for the next couple of weeks, I may have to wait a little while before I could get in for a decent amount of time. I was also told that he’d be happy to get down to the studios to assist on sessions that may need extra assistance!
To be honest, even if I don’t end up getting the position, I know it was worthwhile. Working with professional musicians and other engineers never a bad thing and I was promised a good reference at the end of it.
Fingers crossed I can start the internship within the next few weeks and see how it goes from there!
This is one of the songs from Jacob’s EP. I’m really happy with how it turned out and I think the guitar sounds really nice. Let me know what you think. (241 plays)
I’m currently uploading to my Soundcloud, 4 tracks I recorded with singer-songwriter Jacob Greaves over the past couple of months.
I’m happy with how they’ve come out and would like to hear anybody’s opinion on them. The one song that isn’t acoustic is the song I used as part of my coursework at Alchemea.
I’m hoping to record with Jacob some time this year.
So I’ve now finished at Alchemea, I’m “qualified” and am now starting to look for work. I’ve hopefully got a few things lined up at the BBC and ITV and have sent off a few very exciting job applications. I’m in the process of setting myself up as a Freelance Engineer which is also very exciting but any talk of setting up a business leaves me worried…
I also asked one of my lecturers from Alchemea if he could write me a recommendation and this is what he sent me:
“David was a very active member of the class and always conveyed a good deal of enthusiam and humour. He exhibited the right attitude from the off, and although I haven’t had the opportunity of working with him on a professional level, I would certainly recommend him as a strong candidate for consideration within any facet of the music/recording industry. Mat McKinley”
I’m trying to get a proper website up and running but this tumblr will be the main place to find me for the time being.