Studio Mix: April 2021

Burl Audio Mixes Hendrix

Burl Audio founder and president Rich Williams brought the very first Mothership board to Hyde St. Studios in San Francisco, where producer-engineer Eddie Kramer was getting ready to transfer and remix the original Live at Winterland recording tapes by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Pictured is Kramer mastering the 1968 concert with his team:

 (l-r) Chandler Harrod, Eddie Kramer, Rich Williams.

Under the Moonspell

For more than 25 years, Moonspell has delivered captivating albums and live experiences for their worldwide fanbase. In 2020, the band rocked a “Full Moon Halloween” livestream andrestricted-capacity concert in Portugal’s Pax Julia theater. The band’s latest album, Hermitage, was produced by Jamie Gomez Aarellano and recorded in Orgone Studio, U.K. Pictured in the studio is vocalist Fernando Ribeiro turning knobs and dials for added touches.

Orla Gartland from the Internet

Dublin-born Orla Gartland began making music at 14 years old. Unable to perform in local pubs, she took to making a name and noise online. Now London-based and with two introspective EPs, she has garnered a grassroots and radio-backed following, amassing 55 million streams––“Did It To Myself” from 2020’s Freckle Season EP even placed in the TV series, Normal People. Gartland’s debut full-length album is due out this summer.


Adam Douglas’ Midlife Analysis

Singer-songwriter Adam Douglas spent two days recording overdubs and added layers at Propellor Studios in Oslo, Norway. These final tweaks on guitar solos and added strings, horns and vocal takes made it onto Douglas’ latest album, Better Angels, released in March. The artist, at 40 years old, describes this album as “midlife analysis,” not to be confused with a “crisis.” Between his upbringing in Oklahoma, with stints in Chicago and Minneapolis before living in Norway for a decade, Adam Douglas is able to put to words and song what versatility and longing for home has meant to him.

Nico Craig—Young Artist-Activist

18-year-old Nico Craig (he/they) is an influencer, DJ and music producer who boasts an impressive résumé. In addition to being a principal mixer at iHeart Radio’s REAL 92.3 in Los Angeles since the age of 12, plus playing international gigs in Ibiza, Nice and Montecarlo, PLUS being recognized by the Grammy Recording Academy for his 2020 EP, all before graduating high school, Nico is an outspoken activist for the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming community.

He is pictured with his mentoring producer, Prime Maximus, in a Los Angeles home studio.

Marianas Rest in the Baltics

The Finnish doom-and-gloom death metal group, Marianas Rest, is all about the mood. The music is melancholic, matching the cold, harsh landscape that surrounds and defines the Baltic region. Recent release, Fata Morgana, from Napalm Records, ups the ante, with extremely atmospheric melodies and permeating spoken words. The album is produced by Teemu Aalto and Marianas Rest, and mixed at Teemu Aalto Music Productions in Kotka, Finland.


Mueller’s Low Ceilings

Photo by Sarah May

Ben Mueller, who is the heart, voice and producer behind the alt-folk-rock  Low Ceilings, writes and records from his Connecticut home studio, Janky Sounds. In 2020, Low Ceilings released a full-length, Learn to Sew, and double-single, “The Worst Times/Internet Forever.” Regarding his meticulous recording, Mueller says, “To me, it’s mostly about getting a clean recording and then doctoring it up with lots of compression and subtractive EQ.  That’s the opposite of what they teach you in recording school, but it’s always worked well for me.” In April 2021, Low Ceilings partnered with Brooklyn’s Leesta Vall Sound Recordings for a live, direct-to-vinyl session, pressing songs by request, played in one-take.