April 2013 marked seven years for the Deluxe Mastering facility, and we wholeheartedly thank our many clients, artists and the team here who made it possible! Here are just some of the latest mastering projects we’ve been fortunate to have had a hand (ears) in:
Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz twiddled knobs on projects for Neighbourhood Youth, Lemonberry, Justin Bernasconi (produced by Jeff Lang), Bass Kleph, Whitley, Dave Havea, Western Synthetics, The Geta Mob, Black Aces, EC Twins, Daniel Champagne, Shiva & The Hazards and Atticus Jones, to name a few.
Adam Dempsey has endured a privileged condition he’s coined “Sontec thumb” – a callus from EQ switching – while mastering new releases for Courtney Barnett (mixed by Dan Luscombe), Alister Turrill (produced by Lloyd Spiegel), Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, The Stillsons, Les Thomas (produced by Jeff Lang), Sinead Beth, 23 AOA (mixed by Kent Len), Wild Oats, The Morrisons, Wiley Red Fox and the next Sounds of Melbourne Records unsigned artists compilation.
Andrei “Ony” Eremin has been tweaking tracks for Lower Spectrum, Swimming, D.D Dumbo, Stockades, Second Hand Heart, Skyways Are Highways and Joel Driscoll.
Kudos to our mastering clients who, with the help of their fans, made it into the Triple J Hottest 100 annual national radio countdown for 2012:
Along with these tracks, in the “second-hottest 100″ the following week were:
#110 Seth Sentry – ‘My Scene’
#142 Gossling – ‘Wild Love’
#173 Sticky Fingers – ‘Clouds & Cream’
We thought we’d recap on a diverse array of recent mastering projects, as many of us hit the ground running again this year. No Top 10, 50 or 100 of 2012 here. (Like that would be possible anyway).
Tony “Jack The Bear” Mantz has mastered releases for Eddie Bravo, The Big City, Captcha, Peking Duk, Electro Mafia, Waking Eden, Ben Caruso, DJ Rubz & Sherlock, Rattlin Cain, Anna Johnson and finishing off Dirty Three’s Mick Turner’s solo album. He has also started The Jack the Bear Foundation, offering mastering for a donation one day a month, with 100% of proceeds in aid of various charities.
Getting the analogue mastering treatment with Adam Dempsey: an album for vinyl release from Matt Bailey (The Paradise Motel) produced by Brent Punshon at Head Gap, two albums for acclaimed jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Adam Simmons’ Origami trio engineered and mixed by Myles Mumford, also The Pierce Brothers engineered and mixed by Fraser Montgomery at The Aviary, The String Contingent, and Melbourne funk/soul artist and producer Dru Chen.
Andrei “Ony” Eremin mastered releases for The Honey Badgers, Brightly, Rat & Co and House of Laurence.
Best wishes to all of our valued clients for a healthy, happy and musically abundant year ahead.
We’re fortunate to be joined by producer/engineer Glenn Scott for Raging Headfest Podcast episode 13.
Glenn Scott, of The Wick studios, Melbourne, joins Jack the Bear, Sam Hannan and Adam Dempsey, sharing his overcoming of personal demons and how it has helped shape his music production for the better.
We talk of what it means to really commit to battling such challenges, and onto music recording, mixing and mastering techniques – we aim to have Glenn in as a regular guest as there’s a lot of ground to cover!
Check out Glenn’s blog of his journey here. Thanks again, Glenn!
(disclaimer: no content is to be construed as professional medical advice).
Producer Steve James joins Sam Hannan and Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz on The Alley studio couch for Raging Headfest podcast episode 12, chatting recent studio projects, old formats, and lifting the lid on making great records.
With some of Steve’s credits including Monty Python’s Life of Brian, The Rutles, Cold Chisel, Screaming Jets, Mental As Anything, and Brian Cadd, Steve’s only happy to share his experience on the role of music producer and in getting the most out of recording studio performances – even the “old skool” method of recording in complete takes!