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James's Recording Philosophy

Bands and artists should sound like their true selves, in all their wonderful, human uniqueness, yet in this digital culture we’re too quick to falsely represent ourselves. Our software screams at us to “fix” everything, until boring, generic “perfection” is achieved. My friends… we are not machines. We are human.

With a focus on mic techniques, room acoustics, the quality of the source instrument and the comfort of the performer, it is my belief that the most evocative recordings are achieved by faithfully capturing a “moment”; bands performing together as one, with all their human characteristics embraced and the acoustic environment faithfully represented.

When we work together at the studio, I will do whatever it takes to help you realise your vision and to harness your true character, to embed that into the music that is so uniquely, so preciously, yours.

Drums, Drums, Drums

I take drum recording very seriously. The drum sound is one of the most integral components of a recording, and also one of the most misunderstood. After falling in love with the super ambient drum recordings of Steve Albini, characterised on albums such as Nirvana’s In Utero, The Pixies’ Surfer Rosa, PJ Harvey’s Rid Of Me, and many others, I have extensively studied such recording techniques, completing an internship at Albini’s Chicago studio, Electrical Audio, and subsequently designing my recording studio around the principle of rich, ambient, naturalistic drum recordings using a variety of esoteric recording techniques.
James Gasson & Steve Albini
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Recording Drums With Steve Albini

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Glove: This Is Going To Hurt (Documentary)

James Gasson: Scentless Apprentice
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James Gasson: Scentless Apprentice (Nirvana cover)

Pussyliquor: Pretty Good For A Girl
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Pussyliquor: Pretty Good For A Girl

Atom Jacks: MK Ultra
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Atom Jacks: MK Ultra

Glove: I Have Tourette's
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Glove: I Have Tourette's

James Gasson & Steve Albini
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Recording Drums With Steve Albini

Glove: This Is Going To Hurt
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Glove: This Is Going To Hurt (Documentary)

James Gasson: Scentless Apprentice
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James Gasson: Scentless Apprentice (Nirvana cover)

Pussyliquor: Pretty Good For A Girl
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Pussyliquor: Pretty Good For A Girl

Atom Jacks: MK Ultra
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Atom Jacks: MK Ultra

Glove: I Have Tourette's
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Glove: I Have Tourette's

Raise your hand if any of this sounds familiar:

• You want to record together as a band to capture that live energy, not sit behind a computer noodling to a click track.

• You’ve done your recording but for some reason it doesn’t seem to sound like your band.

• The drums on your recording sound weak… mulchy… not present… and you can’t work out why.

• Your mix sounds muddy and squashed… it lacks clarity.

• The last producer you worked with seemed disinterested, or didn’t really seem to “get” you…

Yep. Been there. That’s why I built this recording studio. With the relentless onslaught of digital technology, recording studios have turned from laboratories of acoustic science to dens of digital manipulation; editing, autotune, time-stretching, sampling and more editing. Recording, in its purest sense, should be about faithfully representing what is naturally present, not seeking to change and manipulate to conform to an expectation set by a sound engineer. My goal is to bring authenticity to the recordings I make, to capture artists in their natural habitat, like a wildlife photographer stealthily tracking a family of badgers through the midnight undergrowth; I’ll don my night-vision goggles and disguise myself as a shrubbery, delicately resigning myself to not scare you away or cause you to run out in front of traffic. You are my badger, and just like Brian May before me, I’ll see to it that you are not culled. Not on my watch. We will instead use the myriad recording technologies available to us to enhance your organic sound and advance your creative ambitions, not to cram you into a box of conformity. To this end, digital technology can be a fantastic tool, but it must be used wisely. We have great power in our hands, and with great power comes a great big albatross. Throughout my time making recordings I have helped many musicians of all different stripes fulfil their creative goals with good humour, a laid-back attitude and a great willingness to see that whatever they want to achieve gets done, and gets done well. I offer support with everything from planning the project, setting up, tuning the kit, right through to mixing and mastering. If you want to take your project away and continue working on it at home, on your own terms – no problem, I’ll help you do that too. It’s your project. You’re the boss. I’m here to serve. Now put your hand down. You look ridiculous.
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