2011 has been a busy year for The Production Workshop, with the recent completion of two exciting projects using our mobile studio facility: A record / mix and mastering for Blues guitarist Jimi Hocking's upcoming live album - and also the record / mix / and mastering for Daryl Braithwaite's (Sherbert) soon to be released live DVD due out later this year.
Like a trusted surgeon with a scalpel, David Briggs has been gifted with one of the best pair of ears in the business, an absolute pleasure to work with.
Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know the track you mastered Emergency Lover won best songwriting last night at The Music Video Mash Up national awards (www.mvmu.com.au). Thank you for you fantastic work on the track, you are responsible for it's success and we are very appreciative!
Geoff Emerick was the headlining guest speaker at the event. He is a living lengend in the audio industry, being the Beatles studio engineer for most of the Beatles albums including the iconic Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road.
The last time we caught up was when I was the lead guitarist in LRB and Geoff engineered the Little River Band record Time Exposure recorded in Monserratt in the West Indies, Produced by Legendary Producer Sir George Martin. It was fantastic to catch up and have a laugh about old and new times.
At Integrate 2011 I was on the Songwriting panel along with Greg Walker, Blair Josceyne, Steve Kilby Australian Rock legend from "The Church" discussing the art of songwriting.
After that, I delivered a class on demystifing the Mid-side Technique in mastering - quoting from the original Alan Blumlien patent and demonstrating the construction of the M-S Matrix in Protools.
On day three I was on the Mastering Panel with Rick O'Neil,Jack the Bear, Leon Zervos, and William Bowden - discussing all things relating to Mastering audio.
18-19th November 2011. The Arts Centre, Melbourne.
I was on a panel of Music Producers with Andy Stewart (Journalist, Producer, Engineer for Gotye), Paul McKercher (Producer for Josh Pyke, You Am I, Pete Murray and Eskimo Joe), and Mark Opitz (Producer for Cold Chisel, Hoodoo Gurus, Richard Clapton).
The session was a question/answer forum for the audience, and was a great success considering the combined experience of all on the panel, discussing studio experience and the artist.
On December 1st Derek Pellicci (drummer, LRB), his wife Ann, and my wife Karen were invited to the last performance of Dolly Parton at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on her current Australian tour. I had met one of Dolly's musicians, Jim Salestrom, some 25 years ago when he was here touring with Dolly and Kenny Rogers.
Derek knew the Lead Guitarist of Dolly's band: Kent Wells who was also Dolly's Producer and Musical Director, and a big fan of the Little River Band. We were given the "royal treatment" with backstage passes and a most hospitable time so thanks to Kent, the band and of course Dolly Parton.
All the band were in fine form, playing and singing fantastically, and Dolly was truly great, showing why she is one of the true world stars as a singer, performer, and songwriter. We took a few happy snaps of the event. My wife Karen, Dolly and self (above). Self, Kent Wells, and Derek Pellicci (below). and one the band.
It sounds really good David. I am in Perth watching the finished version. You have done a wonderful job on it. Song 8 sounds very LRB.
(Regarding his new DVD "Live", mixed by David Briggs at the Production Workshop)
Good friend of the Production Workshop, Daryl Braithwaite has released his long awaited DVD "Live".
The project was mixed and mastered through the Production Workshop, using our mobile recording facility, and features many of his hit songs: Rise, One Summer, Let Me Be, Higher Than Hope, As The Days Go By, Don't Hold Back Your Love, and The Horses.
The DVD is available (just in time for Christmas) through the Band T-shirts website.
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I use David for all my mastering jobs. His professional approach and attitude, plus a huge wealth of knowledge, make him so easy to work with. His years of experience guarantee he'll get the best results for any style of music.