Member: RePro - The Guild of Recording Producers, Directors and Engineers.
D.O.B. 24/02/59 - Languages: English/French.
After a childhood spent in war torn Indo-China, and a BA (in third world development of course!)
the music business seemed like a nice quiet life (you know, early nights, regular pay etc. etc.)
so I started Raven Recording as a studio in 1984 and quickly developed a reputation in the
indy and rock sectors as a producer/engineer, working in the early days with such luminaries
as the now late Peter DeFreitas (Echo and the Bunnymen), Steve Johnson (Teardrops) etc...
With the development of Raven as a residential facility in '87 I started to concentrate more
on guitar bands and "live feel" projects, this fitting in well with my long standing interest
in manipulating ambient sounds and "less than dead" recording environments.
After selling the studios in '91, I was free to spread my wings and pursue much more
varied freelance production/engineering and performance interests, creating Raven
Recording Services to oversee all the above and also my studio and equipment design
projects with my other company, The Studio Wizard Organisation.
Primarily guitar orientated material. ( Being a fanatical devotee of "live" type recording -
starting with a full performance to catch the feel of the thing...)
approach hinges on making the most of the live feel of the band, and over the years
I have developed a not inconsiderable reputation working with successful major
rock and indy bands in this manner.
Throughout my career I have kept the "frustrated muso" in me at bay with my own
BeeSide signed band - THE NIVENS - Knocking out jangle/psychedelia and making sure
I never ever forget what its' like in the recording booth when the red light goes on.....
I have a good bunch of studios in the UK and Europe that I use regularly, but I am never
afraid of checking out something new... just give me some good live rooms, a decent
2" machine, a few toys...and a happening band...
Budget-wise I can provide studios for projects over a wide budget range from around
£200/day for tracking, up to flying fader automated classic mix rooms...all in all...give me a
budget and I can provide the right combination of facilities to suit the project. (All of
these studios are residential, or provide a residential option.)
Where it may help, I'm passable on guitar, slide guitar, blues harp, some odd (very odd)
keyboards, additional vocals and programming....all if and where required - never imposed.....
CROME YELLOW - Dorian Gray (ep) (Cipher).JACOB`S MOUSE - No Fish Shop Parking (a) (Blithering Idiot), Good (s), Group of 7 (s), Fandango Widewheels (ep),Rubber Room (a), (Wiiija).TRIPP - Demos, California Screaming (s) (PMW). SHERWOOD new album (a)(Bee Side - France) JAZZ BUTCHER - Cult of the Basement (a), Girl Go (s), Condition Blue (a), Shirley Maclaine (s) (Creation). 14 ICED BEARS - Mother Sleep (ep), Wonder (a) (Borderline). PERFECT DISASTER - Time to kill (ep), Up (a), Mood Elevator (ep) (Fire). CLOSE LOBSTERS - Nature Thing (s&a) (Fire). THE POLLEN - Contrasts (a&s's), Nurturing Desire (a&s's), Factory Hours (ep) (Danceteria). THE PARK - If all the Seas (a&s's)* (Danceteria). BAD MANNERS - Eat the Beat (a) (Blue Note)*. SHREDDED ERMINES - Aldila (a&s's) (Danceteria)*. LIBERTY CAGE (ex The Men They Couldn't Hang) (ep) (EMI). CAPTAIN SENSIBLE - Revolution Now (part a), Riot on Eastbourne Pier (s) (Deltic). DAMNED - Riot on Eastbourne Pier (s) (Deltic). VENUS FLY TRAP - (a&s) (Danceteria). LIZA WOLFE - eponymous (a)(self). WORLD EXIT - (a&s)* (EDW-Roadrunner). THE NIVENS A Taste of Money (a), Alright Now (s), Sex, Lies and Gaffatape (a), Play Blue (s), House Come Tumbling Down (s), Shake (a), Recycle (mini-a), Shake it from the Top (s)(Danceteria - France), Giving it Away (a) (Bee Side - UK) Sarah-Jane (s) (Trumpet). SUNDIVER - Cautionary Tales (a)*(J.Nuttall mgt). INDIANA FIELDS (demos). HONEYBUZZARDS (ep) (Sheer Joy). TOSS THE FEATHERS - Awakening (a) (Fat Cat). TEXAS EDGE - Kiss me again (ep) (Den). MORGANA (ep) (Separate Shoes). CHEMISTRY SET (a). RED HARVEST - Strange (a), Heaven (s), World won't Listen (s&a) (Aftermath). THE DENTISTS - You and your Bloody Oranges (a) (Spruck). THE SEX GODS (THE BALCONY DOGS - ex Teardrops & Bunnymen) - (a). THE AVONS (ex Farmers' Boys) - Three Rivers Reach (a) & (s) (Letharge). GEE MR. TRACY - Shoot the Sherbet, Herbert, Straight from the Fridge Pops (a&s's), Lava Man (s) & many other (s's) (Backs). CHUNK (ep). DR. MILLAR (ep)(Treasure Island). THE CHAIRS-Honey I Need A Girl Of A Different Stripe (s), Size 10 Girlfriend (s) (Pink Halo). ROBINSON-Toasted (ep)* (Gem/BMG). PURPLE ORANGE (a). THE BARDOTS (s&demos) (Cheree). GIRLSCHOOL - Girlschoolive (a)* (GWR/Legacy). TOUS LES CACTUS - (a) (Sony France). SCHEIN - Little Girl Blue (a) (Process France). ODE ROSE - (a) (Process France). LES RATS - Bienvenue au Club!(a) (Danceteria France). GREEN ON RED - Keith can`t Read (ep) (China). LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES (a)(Peek-a-boo - France). *=engineering only, otherwise production and engineering too.........
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