On April 23, Deluxe Mastering celebrated 10 years since opening its doors. Our sincere thanks all clients who’ve helped make it happen.
Jack the Bear recently mastered EPs for You Am I (for digital and vinyl release), Eat The Damn Orange, Them Bruins, singles for Lama (produced by Jonathan Dreyfus), El Colosso (mixed by Jez Giddings at Hothouse), Smoke Stack Rhino, US act Street Rock Mafia, and new album for Daniel Tooze. Music workshops have been held to support new artists, inspirational videos are now on his new You Tube channel, along with a new video podcast series “Melbourne UNreal”.
In May, Adam Dempsey marked 30 years in audio and 21 years of mastering professionally “with more thanks than I can verbalise, to all who create the music and generate the goosebumps in the first place”. Recent projects include releases for Alex Watts (mixed by Jez Giddings), Andy McGarvie (mixed by Sam Lowe), Big Smoke (7 inch vinyl for Record Store Day), The Earthmen, Frida, In Capital, Justin Yap Band, On Diamond (Lisa Salvo and band), Masco Sound System (vinyl), The Sand Dollars, The Settlement, Slim Dime (produced by Matt Walker), and Tetrahedra.
Sincere condolences to family and friends of Adrian Slattery of Big Smoke, who tragically passed away in May from cancer.
Andrei Eremin has found himself mastering releases for Sticky Fingers, Cleopold, Tiny Little Houses, GL, Foreign/National, Anatole, Ara Koufax, Rainbow Chan, Audego, Brightly, Darts, Buoy and Alba, as well as many debut releases for new artists.
Kicking off 2016, and with the Deluxe Mastering facility’s 10 year anniversary coming up in April, Jack the Bear has mastered projects for Eat The Damn Orange, HeadtorcH, Daniel Kirkland, Speedracer, Cog, Disco Is Dead, From Oslo, and Freeza Push Start Battle of the Bands winner The Bean Project.
Adam Dempsey has been flat out mastering singles for Dear Plastic, Baby Blue, Burrowing (Norway), Eilish Gilligan, Tetrahedra, and Demi Louise (entering the AMRAP regional airplay charts Top 10), remixes by Yeo for Emma Louise, and Jack Stirling, EP’s for Hoodlem (see below), LN3WLF, and Tanzer (for digital and vinyl), and albums for Daniel Champagne (recorded live in the studio by Duke David Sparks, mixed by Sam Hannan), Amistat (engineered and mixed by Matt Neighbour at Sing Sing), The Weeping Willows (engineered and mixed by Ryan Freeland in LA), a fourth album for Way Out West (mixed by Myles Mumford), Jane McArthur’s debut album of soulful tunes from various studios and engineers recorded throughout 2015, and an Elissa Goodrich contemporary jazz percussion album as part of an installation at Heide Museum of Modern Art sculpture park – the album getting great feedback from ABC Radio National, PBS, 3MBS, and Triple R (and yet again proving that natural dynamic range over “loudness” translates well to airplay).
This time around, when not mixing, Andrei Eremin has been mastering new releases for LANKS, Fortunes, Luboku, Albert Sorenson and Annie Bass.
From all at Deluxe Mastering, thank you to all clients for having us on board with their projects this year. Here’s to a healthy, safe and musically prosperous festive season and new year ahead. We encourage you to go for the gift of music: take someone out to a gig, buy music lessons, support a local radio station or an independent artist’s new release. With avenues such as Bandcamp it’s never been simpler to find new music, to pre-order vinyl or CDs, or gift a download to someone in need. (tip: the downloads sound better than web streaming!).
We’re still on board for mastering sessions including from early Jan.
Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz has been mastering for Acolyte, Black Aces, the Blancos, Citizen Kay, Crooked Colurs, Desert Bones, Levingstone, Neighbourhood Youth, and continuing his motivational speaking engagements – look out for more in the new year.
Adam Dempsey is set to donate mastering time to prize winners of this year’s Triple R Radiothon, PBS FM’s Radio Festival, and the winner of the Darebin Music Feast Songwriters Award (congrats to Mabel Windred-Wornes of Charm of Finches!).
Mastering has included a Christmas single from Burrowing (Norway), and releases from Mitch Power (produced by Jeff Lang), Brian El Dorado (tracked live to 24-track tape by Fraser Montgomery at The Aviary), the debut EP for Vinten (produced by Nick Huggins), a single for Brisbane band Devel, new albums for Michael Plater (engineered and mixed by Neil Thomason at Headgap), new singles for Hoodlem, and Tetrahedra (see their single-take video below), as well as checking a steady run of clients’ vinyl test pressings and being increasingly impressed with the quality (mastered with full dynamic range and to high resolution always!).
Andrei Eremin has been mastering Charles Murdoch’s debut LP, a new mixtape for Clever Austin (aka. Perrin Moss from Hiatus Kaiyote – Grammy Award nominees for their album ‘Breathing Underwater’), plus new releases from Slumberjack, Elizabeth Rose, Kllo, Cleopold, Anatole, Super Magic Hats, Rainbow Chan, Leisure Suite, Rat & Co, Ara Koufax, Planète, Brightly, Tashka and some new original material of his own.
Tony “Jack the Bear” Mantz has been staying out of mischief mastering tracks for Citizen Kay, US act The Blancos, YouTube sensation Trevor Moran, re-mastering Shihad’s “Shihad” for digital and vinyl release (which subsequently achieved Gold status in NZ), Japam, Madboots, psy-trance kids Khatapillah, Sydney rockers 5-way Addiction, Tommy Luck, Long Holiday & KIng Mungi, as well as the usual charity raising for The Jack the Bear Foundation raising $1,000 for The Big Umbrella to aid Nepal’s rebuilding program after the recent earthquakes. With many thanks to all who contributed.
Adam Dempsey has mastered releases for Mick Daley (produced by Matt Walker and featuring Suzannah Espie), Jimmy Dowling (also produced by Matt Walker and featuring the late James Cruikshank), Nervous Doll Dancing (Francesca Mountfort), Rattlers (Norway), Sex On Toast, Summer Flake, Taylor Project, this year’s Down To The River compilation for Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Music students (produced by Andy White), and new single and long-awaited album for Yeo including for 12″ vinyl.
Also, huge congrats to Raised By Eagles in taking out two gongs at The Age Music Victoria Awards: for Best Emerging Artist and Best Country Album (produced and engineered by Roger Bergodaz, and mastered for digital and 12″ LP release). Well deserved, guys!
Amongst his public speaking commitments and Melbourne Real video podcasts with guests, Tony Jack the Bear Mantz has been mastering projects for Dave Mudie, 5 Way Addiction, The Dead Leaves, and The Feelers (including for vinyl).
Adam Dempsey‘s been hunkered down mastering for The Bon Scotts, Cabbages & Kings, Gene Veldhuisen, Lilly Tunley, Lucola Bang, Pockets, Taxidermy Hall, That Gold Street Sound (including for 7 inch vinyl), Fabien Toonen, Tom Lee-Richards, Zulya & The Children of the Underground (mixed by Myles Mumford), and Jane McArthur’s ongoing ’12 Months 12 Songs’ series.
Tiny Little Houses ‘Easy’ from their forthcoming EP ‘You Tore Out My Heart’, engineered, mixed & produced by Steven Schram, mastered by Adam Dempsey.
Jack the Bear has been working on projects for The Hunted Crows, Ghost Loft, Black Aces, Icecream Hands, Cairo Knife Fight, and Jeff Lang.
Adam Dempsey clocked up 20 years of being paid to listen to music, and has been busy mastering for Astro & The Ages, Cabbages & Kings, Chris Matthews (WA), Jane McArthur, Mayfair Kytes, Nick Batterham, Rich Davies, Sex On Toast, Simon Hudson, Taxidermy Hall, debut EP for Tiny Little Houses, a new single for Yeo, and remastering Lisa Salvo’s debut album (produced with Joe Talia and Peter Knight) for vinyl.
Andrei Eremin has found himself mastering debut records for Wafia, Singapore’s very own Charlie Lim, as well as tracks from LANKS, JP Klipspringer and even an EP of his own original music.
The team have also put a Dangerous Music BAX EQ through its paces and decided it’s a keeper.