The dBs Team
We pride ourselves on having some of the best permanent tutors and visiting lecturers in the music industry. We don’t only look for fantastic experience and talent, all our tutors must be student focussed and a pleasure to work with. All part of creating the dBs family vibe.
We have over 50 permanent staff and many more visiting lecturers. Our core tutors have worked with the likes of Led Zepplin, Dave Stewart, Belleruche, Jonas Brothers, All Saints, Elton John, The Baker Brothers, George Michael, Queen, Radiohead and Rik Nowels.
Introducing Our Guest Lecturers
Florian has written, produced and remixed the cream of the recording business, including Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, N-Sync, Lutricia McNeal, Pet Shop Boys, Marianne Rosenberg, No Angels, Spike, Shola Ama and Diana King. He has been a constant presence in the pop charts and been the recipient of numerous gold and platinum records and a “Producer of the Year” awards. As an expert for advertising music and cross-media music co-operations, he has provided creative support and solutions for brands such as Coca-Cola, Vodafone, Persil & Mars. Brand New Music
Phil has had an illustrious career and worked with an incredibly diverse range of artists including Nitzer Ebb, The Clash, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue, Killing Joke, Toyah, Matt Bianco, Divine, Dead or Alive, Mel & Kim, Bananarama and Rick Astley. For a number of years he engineered and mixed for the incredibly successful Stock Aitken Waterman production team.Phil Harding’s Official Website
George started his recording life working under Jerry Boys of Abbey Road & Livingston Recording studio fame. He has worked across a wide range of musical genres including artists such as Gabrielle, New Radicals, The Corrs, Blur, Texas, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, Oasis, Eternal, Boy George, James Brown, Marc Almond, The Fall, The Soup Dragons, Yazz and the Plastic Population & Ocean Colour Scene. www.georgeshilling.com
A Guy Called Gerald
A Guy Called Gerald is an iconic dance artist best known for his early work in the acid house scene of Manchester in the late 80’s, early 90’s. He started out with a group called ‘808 State’ before leaving to work as a solo artist. He had huge success with a track called “Voodoo Ray” He is still very active in the dance scene and is revered for his very unique and creative approach to making music as a musician, a DJ and a producer.www.guycalledgerald.com
Bela is a multi talented musician, composer and producer and all round good chap. He’s played drums with Roachford, Bobby Brown, Bootsy Collins, Snoop Dog, Randy Crawford, Mousse T, Roger Cicero, Till Brunner and many many more. He’s mixed/recorded live - Joss Stone, Kaiser Chiefs, Miss Dynamite, Korn, My Chemical Romance, Neneh Cherry, Placebo, Sugarbabes, The Cardigans and many more www.belabrauckmann.com
Although originally from Manchester and now living in London, Mark lived in Berlin for a large part of his life. He has worked with everyone from Factory Records to Paul Van Dyk and was instrumental in guiding Paul Van Dyk to international success. His musical life started in a punk band called “The Frantic Elevators” with Mick Hucknall from Simply Red. He is known as one of the godfathers of early electronic music.www.5point1.org
Here’s one of Mark’s recent Remixes:
Sarah will bring us her thoughts and experience from the business side of things. She has held positions at Universal Music, Mediajust and Artist Advice and is an experienced specialist in the marketing of music, as well as in artist management (e.g. Texas Lightning and Sarah Connor). She is currently responsible for managing the complex relationships between bands, media partners and record labels for brandnewmusic. Brand New Music
Dennis is a director at The Weinreich Company, providers of production and post production workflow solutions. He has recently retired as Managing Director for Film and TV Post at Pinewood Studios Group. Dennis spent the 70’s and 80’s as a music engineer and producer working with artists as diverse as Jeff Beck, The Walker Brothers, Queen, Supertramp, Wham, The Real Thing, Talk Talk, Jack Bruce, Jon Anderson, Mick Taylor, Hummingbird, and many more. www.ukscreenassociation.co.uk
Mick has been producing, engineering and mixing for over 30 years. Initially known for recording and producing new wave and punk bands such as Magazine, Public Image Ltd, The Ruts, The Skids and Penetration, Mick had success collaborating with many other artists, including The Waterboys, Furniture, The Wonder Stuff, Frank Zappa, Paul Brady, Ian Gillan, John Lee Hooker and Lloyd Cole. Mick also has a 25 year history with Van Morrison which persists to this day. His work has also featured many left-field and ground-breaking artists including Tangerine Dream, Xmal Deutschland, Manuel Göttsching (Ashra) and Southern Death Cult. Mick’s recent projects include production of a new solo album by Phil Odgers, singer from the UK punk/roots band, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, and mixing the latest album by Sebastopol “Hello All Stations, This Is Zero” www.mickglossop.com
Haydn started his musical career at Orange Studios in Soho and then went on to work as a piano tuner for Steinway & Sons. This led to an opportunity at Abbey Road Studios where he worked for seventeen years, the last ten as chief engineer. Some of the artists and composers Haydn worked with at Abbey Road include A-ha, Angelo Badalamenti, Bonnie Tyler, Camel, Cliff Richard, David Gilmour, Elton John, Everything But The Girl, Freddie Mercury, Gary Moore, Kate Bush, Neneh Cherry, Ozzy Osbourne, Pat Metheny, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sting, Tina Turner and Yusef Islam. www.duncanmanagement.com
Tommy D has worked with a diverse range of artists including Right Said Fred, KT Tunstall, Corrine Bailey Rae, Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Jay Z, Kylie Minogue, Joss Stone, Tom Jones, Mundy, Catatonia and Michael Jackson to name a few.As a DJ, Tommy traveled the globe playing music in some of the Worlds most renowned clubs. Through DJing he developed a keen understanding and love of the Groove. While as a DJ Tommy discovered and produced the massive #1 hit “I’m Too Sexy” for Right Said Fred in 1991. In recent years Tommy has Co-Written and Produced hit songs for Kylie “More More More”, Janet Jackson “Slo Love” and Sophie Ellis Bextor “I Believe”. www.sonyatv.com
Dan Swift is a producer working at the cutting edge of the UK music scene right now, producing white-hot underground bands such as Art Brut, Untitled Music Project and The Chapman Family, alongside major league artists Snow Patrol and Aqualung. Art Brut’s album It’s A Bit Complicated, which Dan produced and mixed, was described by NME as having “Painfully brilliant stadium rock tracks, the new tunes are 10 times more polished, hilarious and powerful than the band’s previous efforts.” The Guardian gave it five stars claiming it was “full of the bathetic genius English pop used to excel in. Art Brut are life affirming and are worth 500 of almost every other guitar band.” Dan produced both albums out of his south London studio
SuperSwiftSound, located just off Bermondsey Street. It’s here where he combines his 20 years of experience in the business producing, mixing and engineering artists such as Snow Patrol, Kasabian, The Futureheads, to quite stunning sonic effect. He has just finished hotly tipped artist Big Strides debut LP. Dan has relocated to Brighton where and now works from the prestigious Brighton Electric Studios. Current projects include collaboration with film composer producer Brian Byrne and production of local heroes Soccer 96 debut LP.
Steve is a London based songwriter and producer. He originally broke into the fulltime producer scene in London as one half of the award winning production team Bird & Bush. A chance meeting found Steve and his production partner innocently recording the first serious demos for Welsh newcomers ‘Stereophonics’. Later, Steve made a conscious decision to concentrate on his first love, which is writing and track composition. That was when he met another unknown artist trying to find a break for herself, Corinne Bailey Rae. Steve contributed by writing and producing a track on her debut album.Steve now devotes some of his time to writing Production Music for television. www.pbmanagement.co.uk
With over 20 years in the industry working with all kinds of music Russ
has mostly built a reputation for producing /THE HEAVY STUFF/, extreme metal and hard rock are always on the menu with bands like Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Evile, The Wildhearts, Megadeth and many more earth shaking acts. Still travelling the globe working in many different studio environments but these days Russ is mostly found at Parlour Studios UK. www.parlourstudios.co.uk
Now mainly concentrating on Music Technology Journalism & Mastering, MOTTOsound.co.uk’s Russ Hepworth-Sawyer is an audio engineer, producer, writer and educator with many years experience in industry. Russ has acted as a consultant on music studio installations and technology as well as writing on various topics in the field of audio for Sound On Sound, Music Tech Magazine, Focal Press and Pro Sound News Europe. Russ is a board member of the Music Producers Guild and an active member of the MPG’s Mastering Group www.thepeoplesmusicawards.com
Andy Gill is a founding member and guitarist for the English rock group Gang of Four, considered among the most influential post-punk bands. Gill is known for his jagged style of guitar on albums such as Entertainment! (1979) and Solid Gold (1980) and hit singles such as “At Home He’s a Tourist,” “Damaged Goods,” “Anthrax,” “What We All Want” and “I Love a Man in a Uniform.” Gill also produced much of Gang of Four’s output, including their most recent 2005 release, and albums for many other artists including the debut album for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Jesus Lizard, The Stranglers, The Futureheads, Michael Hutchence, Killing Joke, Polysics, Fight Like Apes, Therapy? and The Young Knives. www.gillmusic.com
Ray Staff is a mastering engineer best known for his work with a diverse mix of artists including Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Clash and Black Sabbath. Most recently he has mastered albums for Muse. Joining the legendary Trident Studios in 1970 Ray Staff became part of the newly formed Mastering Department contributing to projects such as: David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, and Elton John. Ray moved on to become Trident’s first Chief Mastering Engineer. For Monty Python Ray created the world’s first three-sided album by cutting two spirals on one side of the disc, creating the “hidden” third side. Other classics mastered by Ray Staff include Physical Graffiti and Presence by Led Zeppelin, Crime of the Century by Supertramp, and It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll by The Rolling. www.airstudiosmastering.com
Steve Lawson – new-age, post-rock, ambient-jazz, solo-bass… thus reads the strapline on his website. It’s a little tricky to pin down what he does, given that, as those hyphenated descriptions begin to tell us, he’s a solo bassist who spends a lot of his time making very unbasslike noises. He’s an ambient experimenter who likes pop tunes too much to go strictly soundscape, but is way too atmospheric to sit comfortably in the ‘instrumental rock’ category. His electronica leanings produce some amazing hi-tech sounds, but he resolutely avoids programmed beats, making the eventual hybrid of jazz, electronica, ambient, new age and ‘new acoustic’ influences infuriatingly hard to pigeonhole. www.stevelawson.net
Living and working in Dublin, O’Connell posted flyers for a “punk samba” band, with the lone reply sending him to London where he started as the tea boy in Eastcote Studios. From there he started engineering records and remixing, before moving into production. “Not sure I have a signature sound as it changes from band to band. I think its important to see what a band’s signature sound is or a direction for them to go in.” Worked on The latest Duran Duran album with Mark Ronson, Little Boots, New Young Pony Club. Working on French brother-sister duo Singtank as well as Django Django. Al has recently been working with Rufus Wainwright and Paul McCartney
Simon established his reputation in recording at Virgin’s Manor Studios, most notably as co-producer of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells. He gained years of experience working as a Mastering Engineer in London, before establishing his own revolutionary Mastering studio in Devon during the summer of 2002. The studio has been host to a number of original new albums from new artists as well as seminal legacy productions. Some of these have been remixed in Stereo and 5.1 as well as being available as updated Remasters. This has underlined the studios capability of moving between Stereo and Surround Sound with ease.
Tony has worked with a diverse mix of artists from many genres including, Bob Marley, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Cheap Trick, Foreigner and Buddy Guy. After developing a close involvement with the well respected “boutique” Jazz label, Dune Records he worked with all their artists including Mercury nominated Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste, and Abram Wilson which led to other productions in jazz for artists such as the most amazing U.S. band, The Bad Plus, Arun Ghosh, and Antonio Forcione
His recent work is not confined to Jazz though and late in 2010 recorded an exciting young indie band from Leicester called These Furrows that is just being released this summer. He has just put the finishing touches to a new album from Soweto Kinch. Tony is also co-founder of a small label called JazzLotion specialising in recording straight to analogue stereo and shares a small studio at The Strongroom comprising a modest but rapidly expanding set up that enables him to develop projects more economically. In addition to all this he is an organiser of the prestigious Music Producers Guild Awards and one of the founding members of JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) the education representative body of the Music Producers Guild and Association of Professional Recording Services.
Mark Hutchinson is both an experienced Producer/ Engineer and Musician. He has worked extensively with acoustic music, Pop & Rock music as well as Classical and Jazz. He has worked with many award winning artists and even legends of the folk scene and his work has reached a top 5 status on several occasions in the HMV Folk charts. Mark is also a full member of the ‘Music Producers Guild’.