Matthew Twaites Interview – ACM London

We had a chance to sit down and chat with Mystery Jets producer, Matthew Twaites at his masterclass at ACM London…

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) recently welcomed Mystery Jets producer, Matthew Twaites for an intimate masterclass at their newest campus, ACM London. Presented by the Head of Creative Industry Development, Ace (also the guitarist in Skunk Anansie) the session covered Matthew’s career, his top tips for production and a practical demonstration of a Mystery Jets multi-track recording.

Kicking off the masterclass, Matthew introduced himself to the students by sharing his career highlights which included working with both Lily Allen and The Saturdays. He then went on to show students the multi-track Logic file for a recent Mystery Jets record. Matthew told students how the track was originally demo’d in an old button factory and how they then made the decision to record the whole album in that unique and interesting space. Showing the students the multi-track file, Matthew took the students on a journey of how the guitar part evolved through the recording process – showing them the processing chain he used to achieve the finished sound. Questions were encouraged throughout the class with one student asking Matthew what vocal mics were used on the record. Matthew replied that he chose 70s C414’s to record the vocals for their warm sound and went on to tell students about the importance of matching the correct microphone to the job “if something sounds bright, choose a warm mic to soften it”.


During the class Matthew revealed lots of insider tips including; “it’s a producer’s job to know when you should and shouldn’t speak” (when recording bands in the studio) and about how guitar amps aren’t always needed for records now – “just a good DI and pre”.

Throughout the class, students were completely engaged and were clearly fascinated by Matthew’s account of life as a Producer. Having also enjoyed delivering the class, Matthew shared his first impressions of the unique music facility. “My first impressions of ACM is that there’s some really nice studios, they seem to have a lot of great guests – I’m particularly jealous of a lot of people that got to meet George Clinton.”

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