Production stalwart and musician Jack Endino swapped his Seattle base for Glasgow as he flew in for this years Question Session event organised by New College Lanarkshire’s Music Business students and staff. The event, now in its fourth year, has built a formidable reputation as both an industry event as well as a showcase for the college, successfully tying together different curriculum areas across the Creative Industries faculty.
However, HN sound production students from Coatbridge and Cumbernauld along with UWS BA Commercial Sound Production students were given a rather surprising and special masterclass the day prior when Jack arrived to outline his mixing approach and philosophy to a full audience eager to hear from the man behind the seminal albums of Mudhoney, Soundgarden and Nirvana.
Working through a session that was presented and unseen beforehand, Jack imparted some of his mix engineering skills and wisdom discussing workflow and technique interspersed with anecdotes from his long and illustrious career as a world travelled record producer and musician.
The enthralled class were then treated to an extensive Q & A session that covered a range of topics including his early career and break into the music industry, the plethora of Sub Pop acts he has worked with over the years, his time in Brasil recording super-band Titas and his views on studio technology.
This wholly unique event provided an intimate opportunity for students to listen and learn from a giant in the production field and perfectly encapsulated the positive results of synergy across the department.
Course lecturer Ruaraidh Sanachan said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for New College Lanarkshire Creative Industries students from multiple disciplines to work with a legendary industry figure. Jack shared fascinating insights with our Sound Production students at the studio masterclass. The following day, he participated in discussion panels and seminars at the Music Business department’s Question Session event. I am thrilled we were able to bring Jack to Scotland for these events.”
“I really enjoyed my visit to New College Lanarkshire and was glad to share some of my knowledge and experiences with students.” – Jack Endino
NCL HND Sound Production students ended the year in style with a comprehensive studio tour and recording masterclass at Glasgow’s premier recording facility, Gorbals Sound Studios. Resident studio engineers Kevin Burleigh and Darryll McFadyen took time out of their busy schedules working with artists (including Biffy Clyro, Belle and Sebastian and Simple Minds and many more) to tour students through Gorbals Sound’s two world class Neve mixing console equipped studios discussing everything from room acoustics, approaches to microphones choice, vintage musical instruments and many other elements involved in a truly top end recording session.
The tour included a mix playback session in which engineer Kevin Burleigh took the students on a deep dive into his mixing approach and an extensive Q&A allowing students to ask questions on all areas of the recording process.
As an added treat for students, a 1963 Ludwig Beatles-era drum kit was set up with engineer Kevin Burleigh’s custom microphone techniques for a comprehensive drum recording workshop. A great sounding end to an informative trip for our students who had this to say;
“This was my first visit to an external professional recording studio and it did not disappoint. From the different acoustic spaces, to the consoles and racks of outboard in Gorbals Sound, I felt a bit like a wean in a sweetie shop looking at all the gear! It was pretty cool actually to see that we have the same Distressor unit in our college studios, which just goes to show how good our equipment and facilities really are!
Chatting to Kevin and Darryll was so enlightening – just finding out about their workflow in Pro Tools, how they set up and engineer drum recordings (which is a big part of studios’ business these days) as well as discovering that one of the Gorbals’ studio engineers had moved into this role after completing his HND in Sound Production – I found that encouraging and it made me think that maybe I too could work in a cracking studio like this one day in the near future!“.
New College Lanarkshire are currently taking applications for two January Start courses for those considering studying either Sound Production or Music Performance. Covering a range of skills and disciplines via a host of practical activities, these 18 week access courses are designed to introduce and prepare learners for progression onto the full-time NQ programmes. Further information and the ability to apply online can be done using the link below.
We were delighted to welcome David Scott to the Cumbernauld Campus to give a guest lecture to our BA Sound Production Students. David has over 30 years’ industry experience as a songwriter, recording artist, producer and arranger. David also somehow finds time to lecture at the University of West of Scotland and host music documentaries for BBC Radio Scotland, such as the very popular Classic Scottish Album series.
David gave an excellent, in-depth lecture on the Artist as Producer. Using his own songwriting and industry experience as illustrations, David touched on topics such as limiting technology to improve creativity, his recording and arrangement process, and how, in the end, it is always about the song.
The students found this both highly informative and entertaining.
This week the BA Commercial Sound students were delighted to welcome world renowned Scottish drummer Ross McFarlane and Bullet:dodge Records supremo Gareth Whitehead to the studios at Cumbernauld Campus for two Guest Lectures.
Gareth showcased his remixing skills in Ableton Live highlighting the workflow that he utilises when working in this genre. Gareth also walked through musical arrangements when remixing, and spoke about his work remixing The Brood album and the documentary itself.
Ross has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and has drummed with luminaries such as Texas, The Proclaimers, Stilstskin, Justin Currie, Jon Fratelli, Codeine Velvet Club, Mull Historical Society, Isobel Campbell, Ian McCulloch and Kate Nash.
Ross, fresh from finishing a world tour with Texas, took part in two full days of drum recording, imparting his expert technical advice on the degree students. This was followed by an in-depth Q & A session where Ross gave a very refreshing insight into the industry as it stands today, as well as his life as a musician.