Stephen Street - Record Producer
16 December 2011 'Tis the Season...
Apologies for not posting for a while!
Well another year is racing towards it's conclusion and on the whole, I've got to say it has been a pretty good one!
I've really settled into my new base at Miloco studios and 'The Bunker' is up and running with some very good results. I have recently finished an album with a great new band called Life In Film in the studio and I'm extremely pleased with the results. The band are in the process of signing a new record deal and it's encouraging to see Record labels signing new artist that I believe in.
Last month I was reunited with Kaiser Chiefs in the studio and we recorded their next single which will be released in the new year. It was fantastic to be working with the guys again, I really enjoyed the session and the new track sounds brilliant, classic Kaiser Chiefs! Let's hope the radio stations get behind it and play it as much as they do 'Ruby'!
I have a very exciting session planned for the new year but will tell you about that when it actually gets into action! Until then it just remains for me to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year!
19 December 2010 End of another year!
Well, another Christmas season is fast approaching and I must say that is has been a satisfying last 3 months of the year. Firstly there was the finishing of the forthcoming Funeral Suits album. Having recorded a great session at Sun studios in Dublin (thanks James), I mixed the album in the 'new' Bunker at Miloco studios and I'm really pleased with the results. We had the good fortune of Zane Lowe playing a track on his Radio 1 show after I sent him some recordings and the reaction was very positive. Hopefully the band will be snapped up by a label in the new year and given the push they deserve!
I have also been in the studio with hotly-tipped new band Brother where we recorded their debut single 'Darling Buds of May'. They are fantastic and remind me of the vitality and energy of Blur at their best. We will make a start on their debut album in the new year and I'm sure they are going to be big in 2011.
In the earlier part of December I was recording with The Subways who are making a great return with their new collection of songs for their 3rd album. The session is going great so far and I reckon they are going to smash it at the festivals next Summer with their live set.
So, all in all, a very satisfying end to the year. I sense that after the doldrums of the last year, the music business is picking itself up, dusting itself down and looking forward to developing some great new acts for 2011 (lets hope so anyway)!
Oh, and one other thing. I recently met up with a certain Mr Morrissey for the first time in nearly 20 years. I think we were both apprehensive about meeting but after 5 minutes we were getting on so well it was truly a magical moment. I am so pleased to have met up with someone who has been such a big part of my musical journey after a prolonged period of time and I hope we can stay true friends for ever.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
23 December 2009 So that was 2009 then!
Well, here we are at the end of another year and I must say I'm looking forward to a better one next year! Much as I enjoyed the touring with Peter Doherty, the current state of the music business has been a little depressing this year.
I've worked with some fine bands this year who, I'm sure in previous years would have been signed to a label that could put some effort and muscle into promoting them. However, in this current climate, the record companies are running scared and they just don't want to spend money on recording bands. Despite this, I still feel there are some great acts out there and I believe things WILL improve next year if the trend of illegal downloading starts to reduce. Keep a look out for Lyrebirds, Funeral Suits, Ex Lovers and Kurran and the Wolf Notes!
Have a great Christmas and here's to a happy new year!
19 December 2008 End of Olympic
Just been told the very sad news that Olympic Studios is to close at the end of the month. I have been using the studios as the base of my operations for over 5 years now and share a studio with Cenzo Townsend in the basement of Olympic which we affectionately name "The Bunker". Everything has to be moved out by mid-January and a new location will have to be found.
However, what is more distressing is that some wonderful people have lost their jobs at a very emotional time of year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Siobhan and all at Olympic for making the time I spent there, a very happy and productive period of my life. I doubt very much I will ever find something as good again.
This is what happens when music is devalued as it is now. The point where music is made (the studio) is also devalued; companies won't pay the going rate, the studio doesn't reach targets set by accountants and bang! it's closed. Very sad indeed.
If something as strong as Olympic call fall then I despair for the industry as a whole. God help us!
06 December 2008 Smiths Revisited
I have just spent a few fantastic and memorable days reunited in the studio with the great Johnny Marr remastering the Smiths albums!
It was great to catch up with Johnny after such a long break. I've bumped into him at a couple of Award ceremonies over the years but the last time we actually spent any proper time in each other's company was back in '87 when we were recording "Strangeways Here We Come".
It was fantastic to hear the original mixes played off the half inch tape and honestly, it did not seem like over 20 years since I worked with Johnny on these wonderful recordings. He and I reminisced over various overdubs and details as we listened through the tapes and it seemed like only yesterday that we were in the studio together. The other good thing was that the tapes sounded great and did not need major EQ-ing at all. It was just as well that the remastering was happening now as the tapes had to be baked to stop them shedding and perhaps if it had been much later the tapes could have deteriorated beyond repair.
So, a great experience; not only are The Smiths LPS going to be available again in a much needed re-mastered form, but I have rekindled a friendship with one of the best musicians I have ever worked with and that is priceless!
Before Johnny headed back to Manchester we promised to try and make sure we work together on something in the future and I for one would love that to happen.