To all the drummers out there

It didn’t take me too long to learn the key to a good band is the drummer.

I’ve recorded hundreds of bands over the years, and within a second you know how good, bad or ugly the band will be live or in the studio from when the drummer kicks and smashes.

For me, I had a landmark recording session in 1997 with a band called Kookaburra. They recorded an EP called ‘London’. It remains, I think, my proudest moment: 3 tracks of absolute beauty : astounding songs, solid as a rock bass-lines, but the drums were incredible. Recording to clicks is an art. Kookaburra’s drummer nailed it: a barrage of noise but delicate as ladybird when needed.

I engineered them live a few times, too: the Charlotte in Leicester was never a forgiving venue unless full, but when you’ve got a drummer that loud, it’s a struggle: I remember just having the Kick through the PA and having it so loud to balance the natural volume of the kit.

This drummer was a man called Jim Disney. One of the most amazing drummers I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

He passed away a couple of weeks ago: can’t have been older than me. I hadn’t seen him for a long long time, but have many happy memories of being around him for a really happy period of time working with a band who were, and remain really special to me

Respect and love to his family and friends.

Here’s Jim from the ‘London’ EP

Cherish your drummers


A video showed up on Youtube from Peter Wyeth‘s old band Kookaburra. The ‘London’ EP is probably my favourite bit of engineering/mixing, even 12 or 13 (or more?) years after.Am very very proud of that EP : three songs and an extended mix… I must dig it out and get it uploaded.
Anyhow, someone’s cobbled a video for one of the tracks. Still sounds amazing, even if I do say so myself.

Mastered by Robin Junga .. and that was the start of an ongoing (with a decade’s gap) professional relationship.

Other news: I Am In Love asked me to remix their new single, so started that tonight, and cleared the garage ready for tomorrow’s plasterboarding. Bring it on!