Production, Recording Mixing.
I love records that sound like people played them:
When you can hear the room, the inspiration and the execution.
I want to take the live experience of a band performing and give it extra depth and dynamic to make it a totally immersive and all-conquering listen.
I've made indie-pop, punk, post-rock, doom metal and hip hop records. I love them all for similar reasons, in very different ways.
Since my days of being a self-producing musician I've been touring the world collecting instruments, microphones and recording equipment. It's amassed into a three studio facility in the heart of Belfast.
I've filled it with drums, guitars, amps, analog synths, fx and so much more.
My mix room has an SSL4000g console and every month something interesting is added to provide a unique sound or experience.
Writing & Composition
Production can often involve some writing. I enjoy organic writing experiences where we are working towards a shared vision for a song. I've collaborated with Duke Special, MC Lars, Adam WarRock, Nathan Connolly (Snow Patrol) and on my own projects with Tim Wheeler (Ash), and Matt Caughtran (The Bronx)
I have composed music used in Gossip Girl, Ugly Betty, How I Met Your Mother and in campaigns for Nike, Fujifilm and Jameson.
I started as a live engineer aged 16, mixing in venues and festivals across Ireland, touring Europe with acts including Longbeach, CA's Ugly Duckling who helped start my love of hip hop.
From there I started taking my experimentation with recording more seriously and formed a band called Oppenheimer. We released 3 albums with Bar/None Records USA, touring the states 15+ times and enjoying many life-changing indie-pop moments.
In 2007 I set up Start Together Studio in Belfast, N.Ireland as a wonderland for musicians to make the records of their dreams.
It continues to grow as a musician-focused, multi-studio set-up offering artists a comfortable, creative space with a huge collection of instruments and equipment.
I also travel regularly across the UK & Europe to rehearse, record or mix with artists.
I love electronica and indie-pop all the way through to punishingly heavy and fast songs. The honest conviction of the artist is often the most important thing for me.
I now work with Pip Newby at Friends Vs Music for bookings & management.