Woodworm Studios in rural Oxfordshire, in the heart of the Cotswolds is the legendary home of Fairport Convention, undoubtedly one of the most influential English folk bands. It combines a vibrant 2-storey tracking room (complete with baby grand and hammond), with a well equipped control room centred around an SSL Duality and much high-end outboard, and homely residential facilities. A great place to make music with a live sound and a vintage feel.
Located in a 2-storey granary barn in beautiful rural Warwickshire in the Midlands. With good access from Leamington Spa and Birmingham, Gospel Oak Studio offers seclusion and privacy to its artists, in a modern high-end studio facility. The main live room is an expertly controlled space, offering a transparency which makes for natural and intimate recordings. The control room is well stocked with high-end outboard and boasts an SSL console. A recommended place to record music with a tight sound and a modern feel.
Flipside Recording Studios is a modern production studio near the centre of Coventry in the Midlands. With plenty of natural light, the studio is a relaxed and airy place to work. The studio boasts a class-leading mixing and mastering suite and a superb in house production team. Highly recommended option to produce music with a modern feel on a smaller budget.
Where it doesn’t cost the Earth to record! Built from straw bales, earth, grass and reclaimed materials, Strawhouse is the UK’s first eco-build studio. This delightful studio, based on the outskirts of Rugby in the Midlands, offers a unique recording environment and a distinctive room sound that is ideal for roots and acoustic music. A great choice for making music with a live, earthy sound on a smaller budget.
Matt plays keyboard and co-produces for folk indie trio Speak, Brother. “Two Bands Of Gold” was recorded at Woodworm Studios, a perfect fit for their music. The band were looking for a residential studio with a characterful live room, plentiful amounts of analogue gear and a grand piano - the studio is also steeped in English folk recording history. Described as a “piece of class” by BBC Introducing.
On her second EP, Matt worked with Alicia Catling to create a radically alternative sound to her previous release. Combining psychedelic modulations, drum machines, tape driven sampled oddities and Alicia’s propensity for clever chords, this record was a bold statement which garnered praise from indie bloggers and gave her a first NME feature.
Henry Parker is an accomplished young musician, whose songs are rooted in the timeless blues of Clapton and Zeppelin and the folk of Dylan and Young. Matt produced several tracks with Henry in the beautiful surroundings of Strawhouse Studio. Vintage microphones were hired and many fine instruments were used to make a record that showcased the lighter and more introspective side of Henry’s music.
Floot Street are a folk band who create imaginative arrangements of traditional tunes from all over Britain and beyond. Matt produced a recording of the band at Strawhouse Studio, using classic recording techniques to capture this band’s effortlessly emotional and evocative sound, which combines whistles and flutes with melodeon, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bodhran. The band have since been booked for a variety of folk festivals in 2015, including Towersey and Southwell.
Hollie Aires is gifted with one of the most striking and distinctive voices, with a vintage style that some have likened to Suzanne Vega, Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy. Matt produced Hollie’s second record “Ghosts In The Garden”, which carries a serene yet haunting atmosphere. Huffington Post said “If you like strong female vocalists with a penchant for beautiful melodies and thought provoking lyrics, Ghosts would be a great addition to your music collection”.
TAUAW are an intriguing instrumental band who in their own words create “psych-infused soundscape wonderment”. Matt produced their eclectic second record “This State Is Conscious” at Flipside Recording Studios, featuring guest musicians on world instruments, cello and trumpet. PostRockStar wrote “This album is a vast and intricate web of unique and differing influences and styles all culled into one giant post-rock cauldron”.
Matt has gained a reputation for developing fine new artists, primarily in acoustic, roots and folk styles. Recent artists Matt has worked with include Alicia Catling, Henry Parker, Hollie Aires, Floot Street and his own band Speak, Brother. Alicia Catling is a hotly tipped artist for 2015; off the back of her EP "Sprinkled Pepper", she has featured in NME, countless blogs, and has gained support slots with Marika Hackman and Glass Animals.
Matt combines the latest technologies with old-school values, aiming to produce innovative music with longevity. In the studio, Matt's primary concern is to serve the song and get the best possible performance from the artist. In his own words, "a good producer not only knows what makes music feel good, but he also "gets" people - he understands who the artist is and what they want their music to achieve. A good producer cares about people as much as sound."
Matt has been playing and writing music for 18 years ever since his parents bought a Steinway upright and a primitive Yamaha keyboard. Hours were spent improvising on the piano and then hiding in the loft space, turning the ideas into tracks on the keyboard. This was an important first step in developing the creative vision he has for music today. After gaining a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Music Production in 2009, Matt has been working at various studios in the Midlands. He has a mobile rig including Pro Tools 11, Logic 10, Universal Audio Apollo and a host of instruments and effects. Matt is a full member of the Music Producer’s Guild.