Category: Studio Stories
Posted by Staff in Studio Stories Wednesday, 27 February 2013 16:40
When you’ve been going as long as we have you come to realise that every now and again there’s a need to stock up on some fresh equipment, not that there’s anything wrong with older gear – vintage is great. Anyway, we’ve decided to mix the old with the brand spanking new and teamed up with the nice folks at Blackstar Amps. We’ve just taken delivery of three guitar stacks from Blackstar, enabling each of our rehearsal spaces to sound even better and giving you to try out some of their incredible amps. Each room will now have (available to hire) a 4×12″ cab (the HTV 412) with a HT Club 50 guitar head.
Blackstar are the fastest growing amp company and are fully backed by over 200 artists. When you’ve got a bunch of the ex-Marshall top dogs working for you, you know it’s going to be good! So get yourselves down and try out one of these great amps for yourself!
Travelling all the way down from Newcastle, Adam Pluse was in the studio with us yesterday. The acoustic singer-songwriter’s large online fanbase and extensive touring over the past few years have seen him dominate the MySpace Unsigned Chart, become a huge success on YouTube and even have his work featured on television programmes such as Hollyoaks.
His first of hopefully many visits to Resident Studios was spent recording his latest track ‘Spinning’ for his new EP. Adam already has one EP out ‘Time Won’t Wait’, as well as his ‘Acoustic’ album, and his very successful ‘Nation Animation’ album. He has become largely recognised for his blend of acoustic ballads and mellow rock tracks, teamed with his breathy tone to make a truly unique sound.
Working with our senior engineer Tobi Lustigman, Adam spent an intensive 10 hours working on his soft rock/pop ballad ‘Spinning’. The session aimed to lift the basic skeleton of an acoustic track to a full sounding, refined song. Tobi and Adam worked together to add drums, bass, keys and strings to the track, creating a truly beautiful, soulful sound.
Keep an eye out for a new EP, featuring ‘Spinning’, in the near future!
The snow started early on and by midday, the whole city was white. It was debatable that everyone would make the session, as we all know a big freeze can halt every single mode of transport. Nonetheless, everyone arrived in due time, all sharing the paranoia of a night’s sleep in the studio. The Enlights were here to record vocals for a few tracks to be used for a video of their studio session.
Comprised of Becky Bray, Vicky Kaylor, Leah Marie & Sam Saad. All from London and Essex, these girls deliver stunning vocals, tight harmonies and a whole lot of glamour. Each singer has a unique style and tone, creating one big sound that will blow you away. The singers expressed their influence from Motown, which shows in the way they present a vintage look and sound. The ladies say, “We feel people will hopefully relate to us. We are just normal girls that love music from the 1950′s and 60′s!”
The all-female band were accompanied by cameraman Adel Mossadegh, who shot footage of them recording live vocals for four tracks. The girls benefited from the warmth of studio 1 as the snow intensified outside, and from listening to the song ‘Over You’ along with others, we can guarantee they are a group to look out for.
Posted by admin in Studio Stories Friday, 9 November 2012 17:10
You may not have heard her name before but in 12 months you probably won’t be able to avoid her, and we can almost guarantee that you’ll have hear at least one song… The Kiss is that piano based song on all the iPad 3 adverts around the world!
After signing to Universal’s Decca Records, Phildel has recorded mixed and mastered her album which is earmarked for release later this year and is now working with her musicians to perfect the live shows that’ll follow.
You can buy “The Kiss” on iTunes although it’s unlikely to be representative of her album material. We can’t wait to hear the finished album (and are hoping for a cheeky preview listen) but for now, like everyone else we’ll have to make do with the older material. Just take a listen to the track on the video below to see what we could be in for at the end of the year.
Posted by admin in Studio Stories Thursday, 3 May 2012 14:14
For those that didn’t know, his debut album, Water, released in 2010 via Motéma Music, was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and is a mind-blowing record.
Without doubt he has one of the finest jazz voices on this blue planet of ours, and luckily for you dear people, he is indulging us with those blue notes in a series of live dates. Tonight (May 4th), it’s Friday Night is Music Night live on BBC Radio 2. 5th May he’s at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival with another Resident Regular, Jamie Cullum. On the 9th May he’s at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry again with Jools, and 10th Alban Arena with Mr Holland.
You can find his full tour dates here, or listen out when you are next in the Studio, you’ll know him when you hear him.
Good luck on your tour Gregory, we hope to have you here again soon.