Simon is the recordist and producer who founded Soup Studios in it's original location in 2000. He can sometimes be found tinkering in the back of an amp but is usually at the studio cooking up audio delicacies.
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Here is a selection of his recent productions and a few words from Simon about them:
'The Loneliest Girl’ speaks for itself, a stone cold classic.
For both these tracks the singing was recorded live with the band all in the same room, directly to tape.
In that moment, everyone was engaging with each other, led by the voice and the song, with no distractions and NO CLICK TRACK. The songs move and sway like they should.
Plenty of overdub fun including some sublime piano playing and a second drum kit, which acts as a counter rhythm percussion part, captured with just 2 mics and bloated out by a valvey pre-amp.
I love the boldness at the end of Stuff Brewing where the overdubbed fuzz guitar solo is mixed so high into the master limiter that for a few moments, it pushes the rest of the music down under it's massive atonal boot. A real 'hairs on the back of your neck’ moment which for me is what I enjoy about producing music, encouraging those happy accidents and one off moments, imperfections and all, even at the cost of some sonic fidelity or ‘correctness’.
The Wave Pictures. Just an incredible band. The sessions from the City Forgiveness album were so much fun and we ended up with a great sounding record.
During the recording sessions for Sillion, Johnny brought in a flexi-disk of a wax cylinder recording he'd recorded the night before to be digitised. I loved the recording and cajoled the band into tracking parts over it with the intention of having the mix phase in between the old and new.