I love making records. I love working with great musicians and more than anything, I love working with great songs.
My love of making music, as a musican, songwriter, producer and engineer, led me to build The Aviary in the summer of 2012. I wanted to create an environment that existed to serve the creative process, and get great sounds. A space that made people forget they are in a recording studio and feel more like they are in their second home. Your immediate surroundings, and head space that puts you in, has a massive influence on what your record sounds like, and how it feels. I like to think I have created a unique place in Melbourne, to make music come to life.
When working with bands and artists, my first goal is always the song, followed by capturing the energy of that song being performed. Hearing a group of people play together in the room and capturing that magic is what ultimately gets me excited in the studio and gets me out of bed. Then, to have it sound inspiring on that first playback when everyone piles into the control room to listen back to the take. That’s what we do this for. That feeling of collective excitement when you realise a special moment has been captured on tape.
I love the tools I have here to work with at The Aviary. It’s got everything you need to make a great sounding record. I have put together a great mic collection, instruments, outboard gear, and my beloved 1978 MCI 24 track 2” tape machine, along with its partner in crime, the 1978 MCI 428B console. Along with the knowledge of the various recording spaces here, I can happily go about capturing the right sounds for almost any genre. I've worked with soul, rock, pop, reggae, dub, funk, folk, country, death metal, blues and bluegrass. Speaking of bluegrass, a record I engineered for Pete Denehay in 2015, just won 2 Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth, for Best Bluegrass Album, and Best Instrumental Song.
Prior to entering the studio world full time as an engineer, producer and studio owner, I spent years at the helm my band, Symbiosis. As co-founder, co-songwriter and lead guitarist, we toured nationally for a number of years, played many festivals, headlined iconic venues, and performed a number of supports for major acts.
I also co-produced our two records along with Andy Baldwin and Mick Etheridge at Sing Sing South, both of which received national airplay. Music from the band has been used on a number of Australian TV shows such as Underbelly 1 and 2, Bondi Rescue and Rescue Operations, as well as a number of surf films, including the History of Quicksilver. One of the tracks from Symbiosis’ EP was also sampled in full by Bliss and Esso on their album “Flying Colours”. More recently, I produced and co-wrote, along with Harley and Delaney Stewart, the complete soundtrack for a 6 part series called “Back of House”, created by Camera Club.
To hear some of my work see SIGHTS + SOUNDS.