Hi guys! I wanted to let you all know about a page on Facebook – Damian Keyes – Musician & Band Advice. Damian is a music manager and co-founded BIMM (the British and Irish Modern Music Institute) in Brighton, it has now expanded to Bristol, Birmingham, London, Dublin, Manchester and Berlin. He recently started an education platform on Facebook, where he posts daily videos with advice for musicians and bands


Dec 2016

Mix Notes

When I first started mixing my one hope was that I would send a mix to a band so good that I wouldn’t get a single note back. They would be so blown away with what I’d done that they would immediately release the track (and it would go number one and win me my first of many Grammy awards…obviously). I soon realised, however, that that is a ridiculous notion

To click or not to click, often the first question when it comes to recording. Personally, I would always play in free time unless you simply MUST play to click (if, for example, you are using time-based modulating synths/effects and have zero time to work on them). The main argument for using a metronome is that you want the record to feel solid and in time throughout – but this

It seems to becoming less and less common for young, new bands to demo their songs before going into the studio. Demoing is a great way to figure out what does and doesn’t work in your songs – much better than rehearsals. You’d be surprised how often we have a band recording and find that there is a discord in a part of the song that no one ever noticed

All audio CDs contain metadata. Metadata is information about what is on the CD (artist names, song and album titles, and most importantly, a unique code identifying each song – the ISRC code). This information is applied by the mastering studio and can be read by radio stations, royalty collection agencies and some CD players. The mastering studio, be it Free House or anyone else, will request this information from