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. And in just the last 12 months we’ve had a range of artists from Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and Joey DeMaio of Manowar to Brian Blessed, Henry Rollins and the Hairy Bikers and have recorded and mixed everything from full orchestras to contemporary ensembles, from pop to rock and from indie to bhangra. If variety is the spice of life, I’m on a jalfrezi with extra chillis. So even though today is a drab maintenance day at Circle Recording Studios in Birmingham, I’m not gonna look back in anger at the last 5 years of recording studio business.