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Giorgio Mororder & Deja Vu
Sunday, 19 July 2015 06:21

Giorgio Morder Deja Vu vinyl and CDI was recently asked to master Giorgio Moroder's latest solo record, a record featuring vocals by high-calibre pop artists including Sia, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko and others.

At the time I hadn't heard of Giorgio Moroder, but I soon found out he's a 75-year-old legend with a long list of amazing credits ranging from collaborations with Blondie, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Adam Ant, Donna Summers, Pat Benatar and Freddy Mercury to name a few. He's also composed and produced soundtracks for iconic films such as Scar Face, Flashdance, Top Gun, The Never Ending Story, American Gigolo and the 1984 re-release of Metropolis. As if that wasn't impressive enough, he was also credited as being a pioneer of synth disco and electronic dance music. So why hadn't I heard of him before? Possibly because he hadn't released a solo record in over 30 years.

After a recent Daft Punk track put the spotlight on Giorgio, people wanted to hear more of his music. With a freshly-inked deal with Sony Music Sweden and RCA in the US, Giorgio and executive producer Michael 'Smidi' Smith worked tirelessly to produce a record that encapsulates Giorgio's signature sound from the past while infusing it with the sound of today's pop artists and modern production techniques.

Manny Marroquin was brought in to mix Giorgio's single with Sia, while LA based engineer Mitch McCarthy was asked to mix the Kylie Minogue single. After doing such a stellar job on the Kylie Minogue single, Mitch, was asked to mix the rest of the record. I'd already been working with Mitch on a number of projects which CJ Baran (US Producer working for Max Martin) produced and he was impressed with my work enough that he requested that I be the one to master Giorgio's album. Mastering the album was a great experience, and it included some of the best mixes and production I've worked on. The finished record includes 16 songs and has recently been released on double CD, vinyl and the usual digital distribution channels.

I am humbled to have been involved with this significant release, and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed working on it.



James Morrison's gospel trumpet
Thursday, 07 March 2013 05:33

James MorrisonThis year has seen the legendary Australian jazz musician James Morrison release a gospel album. James Morrison Live at Edge is a contemporary take on classic gospel hymns.

Forming his first band at nine and touring since the age of 17, James continues to perform all over the world including England, Europe and the USA, and has performed with musical giants like Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw and George Benson. James has received the Order of Australia for his service to the arts in Australia.

James is currently performing at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Kristjan Jarvi before heading off to Norway, The Netherlands, Lithuania and Belgium.  You can keep up to date via James' Facebook page.

James Morrison Live at Edge was mastered by Matthew Gray and is now on iTunes.

Stu Larsen of no fixed address
Monday, 11 June 2012 12:54

Stu Larsen on the North Coast of Northern IrelandHaving mastered all of Stu Larsen's releases, we've been following his worldwide exploits with great interest. It seems every time we look up from our mastering, Stu is in another city or another country performing to adoring crowds.

Stu isn't dragging a band around with him - it's just Stu, a suitcase (half full of CDs, half full of clothes), and a guitar. This makes for lonely but easy travel, but on the other hand fans around the world are opening their homes to him whenever he performs in their city. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and the USA have all been graced by this amazing man's talent, and he shows no sign of slowing up.

Stu can often be found performing shows with Passenger. If you are lucky, you'll catch Stu performing onstage with Natsuki Kurai who plays harmonica like you've never heard before.

Be captured by Stu's adventures.

Drawn from Bees
Monday, 29 August 2011 19:14

Drawn from BeesOur client Drawn from Bees are a creative rock band from Australia.

Since 2008 Drawn from Bees (the name comes from an Oscar Wilde play) have released more recordings than most bands release in their careers and they have performed across the East coast of Australia and internationally.

Jeremy recently caught up with Dan James, vocalist and guitarist for Drawn from Bees, for a Q/A session.

Q: Please tell us a little about Drawn From Bees.

A: You could say that Drawn from Bees are a creative rock band, I always prefer the word creative as opposed to experimental. We are a hard working bunch and are always trying to grow our music in the recorded and live arenas. We are mainly based in Brisbane although recently our guitarist (Raven) moved to Melbourne. The result is that we are one of those "modern" bands that is creating music and sending it down to Melbourne for him to add guitar ideas. Influences are older bands like Pink Floyd and Bowie, bands that are constantly pushing the boundaries and moving into new sonic territory.

Q: Drawn From Bees have consistently released shorter recordings over the years, almost as if you grabbed hold of the single culture before anyone else. But then you hedged your bets with an album release (2010's Fear Not the Footsteps of the Departed). Can you tell me why the two-pronged approach was used, and what you've found great (or or not so great) about each?

A: The length of our releases were never really something we thought about too much. When we started our "Box Set" project we just wanted to release a batch of work every six months. The last one happened to be a full length record because we had quite a backlog of songs that weren't quite finished on the first three. We have a policy of not releasing music until we all feel it is ready so by the time we hit the final record in the set we had quite a lot of ideas that needed finishing and a whole lot of new ideas. We actually left quite a few songs off that record.

I also feel that we are now living in a world that embraces creativity more than it did in the past. Bands are no longer stuck to formats like CD's and they are no longer living in a world where you need big recording studios to lay down great records. The result is that you are only limited by your imagination and application. I also think that there is no cutting edge anymore and once a band understands that then they are on the cutting edge.

Drawn from Bees - Of Walls and TeethQ: What's the new single and what's it about?

A: Of Walls and Teeth is about my fear of conflict. The song uses an allegory of fighting with a wolf that is preparing to tear me apart. It seems that a fight is never about right or wrong, it is only ever about how far a person will go to prove a point and what horrible things people are capable of saying when they are angry.

On a sonic level this is a new direction for Drawn from Bees - we are really drawing from older guitar sounds of Cream and towards the end we were attempting to get that ripping guitar sound that Keith Richards is so well known for. The drums and bass are punchier than the normal DFB approach and we hope it gives a feeling of being "kicked in the guts". This was a really fun mix for us as we are doing things differently again, we mixed this song "out of the box" for the first time and were lucky enough to mix it with the lovely Stephen Bartlett on his Neve console straight to tape. It is a very new sound for us which is ironic considering it uses much older technology.

Q: Where will you be performing or touring to promote the new single Of Walls and Teeth?

A: We will be traveling up and down the east coast of Australia. We are doing the usual big cities, but we will be trying out some new venues this time. I am excited about playing at Yah Yah's for the first time. Actually I am excited about being back on the road full stop! Being in a band gives you the best excuse to go on really awesome road trips with your best friends, there aren't many jobs that allow you to have that much fun while you work.

Q: Recently you guys have been gone from our land of droughts and flooding rains. What did you get up to?

A: We have been touring through Hong Kong, The UK, the East Coast of the United States with a little side trip to Canada. We have also played in some pretty iconic venues and released our first EP in the USA. We played four shows at SXSW and signed a syncing deal with a rather large company in LA and we even signed a deal at SXSW with INK music back here in Australia. It has been a huge few months of constant gigging and no sleep coupled with the odd smattering of alcohol abuse, I'm surprised that we didn't get sick.

Q: What was your favourite or most memorable or funniest or most exhilarating experience on your overseas trip?

A: There are two venues we have played in the States and it is a tossup between them. In NY we played an amazing show at the Bowery Ball Room and then went out on the town with some New York locals. I remember that Raven passed out in the bar at one point and eventually we all got separated, Stew had a fight with a cab driver and I chatted to other bands all night, I can only hope that I didn't embarrass myself as the wine was flowing freely that night!

The second venue was the Whisky a Go-Go in LA. We had the worst sound check in history, everything that could go wrong went wrong including feedback problems, pedals breaking, boomy unclear holdback. It is also quite an intimidating venue that was famous as the home of The Doors - they still have the same stage that Jim Morrison performed on. We walked on stage with nothing but fear and stood in front of a packed house and struck the first chord. From then on all the problems somehow disappeared, nothing went wrong and the atmosphere in the room was electric. It still stands out in my mind how good it felt to really belt it out on the same stage as the Doors.

Discover more

Drawn from Bees Of Walls and Teeth on iTunes
Official website

The Middle East
Saturday, 28 August 2010 07:49

The Middle EastThe Middle East are from Townsville in Australia, as unlikely a place as any to produce what has become one of the hottest new Australian musical export

We mastered their release The Recordings of the Middle East, which has been re-issued by Spunk Records and is now available in North America and Japan.  This recording includes the shiver-inducing song "Blood".

Since winning the Triple J 2009 'Unearthed' Award, The Middle East have toured the USA with Mumford & Sons, and performed a string of dates through Europe and the UK.  They are managed in the US by The Artist Organization, who also manages Lenny Kravitz, Soundgarden and Counting Crows.

Check out The Middle East's myspace page, official website, and their release on iTunes.