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MIRC 2013: Studio offers recording prize to Battle of the Bands winner

Jory Mackay
MIRC 2013: Studio offers recording prize to Battle of the Bands winner

Harbour Studios is offering the winner of this year's MIRC MI Retail Battle of the Bands five days in the studio.

Harbour Studios is run by owner/producer Gary Edwards and engineer/producer, Edward Cook. Gary has over 20 years of experience performing, recording and producing well-known acts, while Ed is a graduate of Bournemouth university with a Bsc in Music & Audio technology, and has a great depth of knowledge in modern and classic audio production techniques along with a healthy obsession of the science behind sound.

Gary is also offering the final winner an initial one year record and management deal with the studio's in-house management and record company, On the Verge.

We spoke with Gary to find out more about the studio...
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When did Harbour Studios first open?

"The studio first opened 17 years ago, but has been in its current location for three and a half years."

How many people work with you?

"There are three of us in the studio. Myself and two full time engineers."

How did you get into professional recording?

"I opened my first professional recording studio in 1982 when everything was analogue-based with huge mixers and two-inch reel-to-reel. Proper recording. From then on I've worked in studios on and off over the years as an owner, engineer and producer."

What was the last project you worked on?

"We are currently working on three different and very diverse albums, which are due for release this year. We are recording and producing an album for all girl rock group, My Heroine that is set for release this October. The Ken Walker Band is also doing an album with us that should be out in August. Kevin was a big name in the 80s alongside Depeche Mode, Alison Moyet etc.. Lastly, Richard Capener, who is sponsored by Rotosound and Lowden guitars is doing an album that should be out by the end of the year.

"We have also just recorded a charity single in support of the Aid of Karis foundation called 'Flying without wings', which is going to be released 5th august and should chart mid-August."

What sort of set-up are you currently running?

"We run off Logic with lots of plug-ins and effects and have a huge Mackie board as well as lots of outboard effects. Our mics range from Neumans to Shure and there's probably 30 or more in all."

What made you want to be a part of the first ever Battle of the Bands for MI retailers?

"We got involved with the competition for publicity and to find some great new talent. We've just launched our own in-house management company called On the Verge and are looking to sign and promote bands. Our in-house record company is also looking for bands so it anyone is interested, please send us your music and we may be able to help!"

The four finalists will battle it out at the live final during this year's MIRC conference and expo with the winner being picked by a panel of industry experts. All of the bands taking part in the final will receive a wealth of exposure on the Music Week Presents new talent showcase which goes to 5,500 music industry executives and 220,000 unique users on the Music Week website. MI Pro sister title, Music Week, is the only UK trade title for the music business and reaches a combined readership of 226,000 people every week.

For more information on the event, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities around the Battle of the Bands contact or call 01992 535647.

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