HAZEL IRIS - Debut EP
After plenty of consideration deciding which producer she wanted to work with on her debut EP, Andrew was delighted that Californian artist Hazel Iris chose him.
“She’s so talented. She has such a sensitive understanding of music, I love it.” said Andrew.
Recording started at his own studio in July and will continue into the Autumn.
“I chose Andrew, as I was so impressed at how he manages to give the different bands and artists he works with a completely individual sound. They all sound so different from each other. The fact that they were all so singular, despite working with one producer was hugely encouraging! He’s also such an asset as he plays pretty much every instrument. He’s playing drums, bass, guitar, percussion, you name it! I chose damn well.” Hazel Iris.
GRACE - Remote Control
Andrew has known Grace for some time. He mentored her on a project for O2 in 2012. Since then she has developed so much as an artist and really defined who she is musically.
To top things off, her tracks were co-written and produced by non other than Jonathon Holder!
Throughout the project Andrew’s opinions were constantly sought, sometimes in his studio and sometimes remotely - so much so that he earned the credit ‘Additional Production’.
When it came to the end of the project Grace and Jonathon were having trouble finding the right mix engineer. They knew what they had in their heads and knew they had recorded all the necessary parts but after trying several mix engineers they didn’t feel the mixes were conveying the tracks as they intended.
Andrew agreed, so mixed one track for them to see if he could capture what they were after. They were so happy that they commissioned him to mix another four!
Cassandra came to Andrew as she felt she needed a little help defining what she was trying to achieve as a solo artist.
Writing on a piano can sometimes be a little too open for an artist who isn’t already developed. One of Andrew’s fortes is helping the artist realise their vision.
When asked about the experience Cassandra said, “I’ve really enjoyed working with Andrew. It’s been about more than just making a great record. There has been almost more time invested in developing me as an artist as there has been in the track. I think it’s amazing how much care he puts in the whole way through the process to make sure the end result is something to be proud of. I can’t imagine working with anyone else.”
As the summer of 2014 approached, Andrew was contacted by Frances Wood (the Voice) to see if he’d consider a writing session.
It didn’t take much thought but at the time Andrew was mid session with Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking.
Rather than let this be a problem Frances and Andrew simply asked Jonathon to join in too!
The session was great, hopefully you’ll get to hear the results very soon!
JONATHON HOLDER & THE GOOD THINKING - Reverse Engineering
Most of Jonathon’s EP was written and recorded ‘together in one room’ and as soon as something special was happening everyone moved into the studio and got it down there and then in a couple of takes
Unfortunately there was no drummer in these sessions, so the unusual decision was made to add the drums last.
After auditioning a few session drummers, Jonathon felt that Andrew had the best sound and feel for the tracks. So Andrew got behind the kit.
“I’m not the greatest drummer but I’m ok,” he said. “I think it helped as I’d co-written the tracks and played bass on them, so I think I had a good idea what was needed.”
Drum rehearsals took place in a barn in the Midlands (pictured) before making a local Sports and Social Club home for the recordings.
AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - New Single Out Now!!
Ambassadors of Morocco’s new single 'LOST ALL INTEREST' is out 28-04-2014.
JONATHON HOLDER & THE GOOD THINKING - Hot Mango's
The emphasis is on ‘capturing performance’, that's the approach Andrew wanted to take for the Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking EP.
MODEL SOCIETY - Urchin Studios
After working closely on a period preproduction both in rehearsal rooms and in Andrew’s own studio, East London's Urchin Studios was chosen for the recording of Model Society’s single.
Due to a period of changing line up, Andrew stepped in on bass.
"Urchin is a great studio. We really liked the room, we felt really comfortable and that's exactly what you need to be able to do we you do. ANdrew is brilliant to work with, he really gets the best out of the track and what's needed. Great he's brilliant on bass too!!" said Dan Clare of Model Society.
A FIELD IN COVENT GARDEN IN THE SPRING
Continuing with the recording of Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking’s debut EP, March saw Jonathon and Andrew set up camp in St. Giles in the Field, a church in the centre of Covent Garden, London.
THE FESTIVE SEASON
It’s been a busy time for Andrew as 2013 comes to a close. Work continues writing with Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking and two new projects are secured for the New Year.
AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - New Single Out Now!!
AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO’S new single ‘A O Morocco’ is out now!!
THE BRITS 2014
Andrew has once again been selected to be a prestigious member of the BRIT’s Voting Academy, for the fifth year running.
JONATHON HOLDER & THE GOOD THINKING - Extended Play
After writing and recording what was only planned to be a one off single (earlier in the year) the Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking project has now expanded to a five track EP.
ALEXA - a Starr in the making?!
Andrew had a great couple of sessions this summer co-writing two tracks with rising star, Alexa Starr.
SCRIMSHIRE - Bight - out now!
Scrimshire’s new album – ‘Bight’ is out now!
'Released on Monday 27th May, Scrimshire’s highly anticipated third opus, “Bight”, exemplifies progressions made both as a singer-songwriter and producer, pushing forward from his acclaimed second album, “The Hollow”. It’s an album replete with references to one man’s love for the deep blue sea, songs about being adrift and conversely “Beached”.'
You can download ‘Bight’ from iTunes here:
AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - Loosen Up
AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO’S new single, 'Loosen Up', was released on Monday (March 11th, 2013).
As February ended and the March hares came, Andrew had the exciting experience of working in a team, with Grammy winner's Jimmy Hogarth and Cameron Craig, on a project for Kid Gloves.
MPG AWARDS 2013 - the 5th year!
The industry came together once again this February, at London’s Café de Paris to celebrate the achievements and contributions of recording professionals. And what a night it turned out to be!
JONATHON HOLDER & THE GOOD THINKING
Following a very successful writing session at the start of the year, no time was spared getting straight into the studio to record.
MPG AWARDS 2013 - judgment day
Once again, a panel of over 20 producers, engineers, artists, broadcasters and journalists came together to cast their votes for the 2013 MPG Awards.
After meeting on the O2 project last year and immediately hitting it off, the immensely talented Jonathon Holder has teamed up with Andrew to co-write and produce his debut EP.
SCRIMSHIRE - Bight
As 2012 drew to a close, Andrew had the unexpected pleasure of engineering for the extremely talented, writer/producer, Scrimshire.
APRS FELLOWSHIP AWARDS 2012
Andrew was overjoyed to be asked by Source Distribution to attend the 2012 APRS Fellowship Awards, as their guest. Source Distribution, who represent RODE, Genelec and API, were sponsoring the Awards this year.
THE BRITS 2013
For the fourth consecutive year Andrew has had the privilege of being a member of the BRIT’s Voting Academy.
O2 THINK BIG
October saw Andrew working on an amazing initiative co-ordinated by O2.
EMMA STEVENS - in the mix
After a few great recording sessions with Emma, the time has come to mix the tracks.
LIPA MENTOR - for a third year
Now in it’s third year of inception, the MPG awarded its graduate prize to the student who has shown the most exceptional talent, initiative, commitment and consideration to the art of Music Recording and Production from LIPA's Sound Technology degree course.
As the summer approaches Andrew is delighted to start work producing singer/songwriter Emma Stevens.
THE MPG AWARDS 2012 - what an industry celebration!
The fourth Music Producers Guild Awards, which took place in February, was another resounding success.
JUDGING THE MPG AWARDS 2012 - Friday 13th!!
Is Friday 13th lucky for some? Well let’s hope so, as that was the date of the judging for the Music Producers Guild Awards this year.
AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - Record debut EP
After the success of their first two singles (Wikipedea and Never Imagine This), London based four-piece, Ambassadors of Morocco, chose to team up with Andrew once again to record their debut EP.
BRIT's - Another year as a members of the BRIT's Voting Academy
As another year comes to an end Andrew is delighted to be asked to continue his privileged relationship with the BPI, returning once again as a member of the Brit’s Voting Academy. ‘This is my third year now as a member of the Voting Academy. It’s such a privilege to keep being asked – it’s a real honour.’
The 2012 Brit Awards will be televised in February.
AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - New Single - Never Imagine This
AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO’S new single Never Imagine This was released on Monday (September 19th, 2011), the second single from the guitar-led indie-pop band.
After the success of their first single Wikipedea, their second, Never Imagine This won’t disappoint.
YOLANDA BROWN - Step Aside!
LIPA - MPG Graduate Award Mentor
The Music Producers Guild (UK) awarded its second graduate prize at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. The prize is awarded annually to the graduate student who has shown the most exceptional talent, initiative, commitment and consideration to the art of Music Recording and Production from LIPA's Sound Technology degree course.
JULIA BIEL - Mix sessions
Singer/songwriter Julia Biel is known for her distinctive voice and expert compositional skills. Her debut album, Not Alone, released in 2006 was met with excellent reviews and her fans have long since waited for a follow up.
JONNY JAMES - writing the EP
Things kicked off to a good start when Andrew and Jonny recently went into the studio once again for more writing sessions, this time for his debut EP.
BRIT'S - A second year in the Voting Academy
As another year comes to an end Andrew is pleased to continue his privileged relationship with the BPI by being asked to return as a member of the Brit’s Voting Academy. ‘Voting in the 2010 Awards was such a fantastic experience and I’m honoured to be asked back again’.
AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO - Debut Single
AMBASSADORS OF MOROCCO’S new single Wikipedia was released on Monday (November 15, 2010) and offers a fun slice of guitar-led indie-pop, as well as a witty ode to the online encyclopaedia.
The Ambassadors import the very best of the 80’s lean, edgy, angular, guitar-led pop sound and add 20 years of further musical progression & knowledge to create their own. Firm nods are made to The Cure, Wire, Depeche and The Pixies and caps doffed to Blur, Feeder, Smashing Pumpkins and even early U2. With a melody you can whistle after just the one listen Wikipedea is a perfect doorway to the Ambassadors world, it embodies their love of powerful, soaring melodies, punchy big guitars, energetic, muscular drums & bass, with strong vocal lines & BIG choruses.
A classic four-piece, the Ambassadors comprise Beni, Ben & Craig who met at Music College, plus Sven, who they met over sushi. And, since you ask, Ambassadors of Morocco is Victorian Slang - for a Shoemaker - the studio the band originally practiced in was an abandoned Shoe Factory.