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February 2014

Why mixing Bhangra is different from mixing pop music

Life is varied at a commercial recording studio. We literally don't know what's going to come in next. This is great because it keeps us on our toes and helps to keep our perspective wide. A couple of weeks ago I received my first Bhangra song to mix. While I had done quite a lot of recording of Dhol and the like (including all of the forthcoming Samplephonics sample pack which was done right here at Circle Recording Studios Birmingham) I had never been asked to mix the genre before. I thought I'd share the experience here. As I didn't know the vibe well I had no preconceived ideas.

From Mixing Rock Music to Recording Orchestras

As recording engineers go, I guess I've always been a 'focus on what's coming' rather than a 'rest on past glories' type. So I hadn't even thought what my last 5 years in the recording studio might look like. The new facebook video feature made me review that. And looking back, I guess it has been pretty eventful. From working with Roger Nichols at Soundscape Studios in NYC to Michael Wagener in Wireworld Studios Nashville and from Pacifique Studios in LA to the hallowed corridors of Abbey Rd in London and back to Circle Recording Studios in Birmingham.