We have been very luckily to have Jon Gray here at Club60 Studio this weekend – a world class producer & engineer.
I first met Jon Gray in 2007 at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool. He was then working alongside producer Jagz Kooner as the recording engineer on the debut album from Reverend and the Makers – “The State of Things” (including their only big hit to date “Heavy Weight Champion of the World” – nice bass sound Jon!)
This weekend he has been up in Sheffield, here in the studio. The purpose of his visit? The Violet May have a new singer, Joe Hudson (Whispering Dolls) and they are currently finishing their latest E.P. which they tracked at the legendary Angelic Studios. It seems quite a fitting place to record vocals and finish the E.P. at Club60 Studio, as this is the place they recorded their first ever demo here a few years ago – we’ve always liked supporting them!
A highlight for me this weekend has been a bit of a geeky one.
This is a UM 75, a recreation of Gefell’s famous UM57 microphone. It was released in 2003, to commemorate the company’s 75-year anniversary. The mic was sold as a limited edition; only 75 were made. Jon (very wisely bought one) and it was used to record Joe’s vocal. It sounds f*&^%$£ing awesome! (I want one, I want one, I want one). Jon will take the recordings (and his microphone!) back to London and finish mixing them there. What I’ve heard so far sounds really good so keep a look out…
The Violet May are back in the studio later this month to record the first demos with Joe singing – now that will be fun!