Jim Ottewill

Inside the secret world of DJ-turned-producer Luca Bacchetti

Luca Bacchetti has soaked up a wild aural palette as a globe-trotting DJ, but it was returning to a bungalow in rural Tuscany that allowed him to shape his debut album, Secret World.

Former Pulp bassist Steve Mackey on producing for M.I.A. and Arcade Fire

Steve Mackey was much loved as the well-heeled bassist in Sheffield underdogs Pulp and long-time musical accomplice of their ubiquitous frontman Jarvis Cocker. But he’s also ploughed an alternative musical furrow as a producer and remixer, energising everyone in the studio from the lo-fi ragga of M.I.A., to the stadium guitar pop of Arcade Fire. We caught up with him to trace his journey from Pulp to top producer and beyond…

Inside James Murphy and Soulwax’s Despacio – the world’s greatest sound system

Ahead of a hotly anticipated return to London this summer for Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre, we clamber under the hood of James Murphy and Soulwax/2manydjs’ Despacio sound system to learn how it sets dancefloor pulses racing – at strictly no faster than 120bpm…

Hugh Padgham on how he created the gated-reverb effect and evolving technology

Alongside his hit records, the much-aped ‘gated reverb’ effect is arguably what Hugh Padgham is most known and loved for. Hugh tells us how he first attained this unique and recognisable effect…

Hugh Padgham on his amazing career and working with The Police

With four Grammys and millions of record sales with pop royalty such as Sting and Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham has become one of the world’s most beloved producers. We catch up with Hugh to dig up the roots of his music-industry career, unpick his game-changing studio techniques and discover how, when you strip everything away, it all comes back to the music…

Tarek Musa is the (Spring) King of the studio

From teenage years spent skateboarding with The 1975 to international success with his band Spring King, Tarek Musa gives us the inside track on his favourite gear, why he loves the studio and how imposing creative limitations can give your music the edge.
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