A Sharp Recording Studio

Interview with Adam Weston of FireStarter Distribution

Firestarter Distribution is refreshing news for Independent Australian Artists. With a wide range of services, Firestarter can help artists with defining a promotional strategy, digital/physical distribution and even help with the servicing of media and radio industries. We caught up with Adam Weston, drummer of the Iconic Australian band, Birds Of Tokyo, to find out more how he and his wife Heidi created Firestarter Distribution and made it what it is today.

  1. How did the idea of Firestarter Music begin, what were Heidi and your reasons and motivation for starting up such a business venture?

Heidi had actually started Firestarter in Perth before I met her and at that time was more about being a point of contact/manager for a friend’s band but then quickly moved towards promoting launches and events for others. That was way back at the start of the millennium!

Once I came on board I was already playing in a few bands and was literally going out to shows four or five nights a week. Like most people I figured that if I wanted more opportunities I should start creating them myself. Teaming up with Heidi meant we could focus on a small roster of bands where we’d provide label type services along with bookings.

Back in those days before Unearthed and social media it seemed there was a bit more time for artists to develop. Bands really slogged it out at a local level before feeling the need to throw themselves at radio or what not straight away. Not that anyone would have complained with early spins, but the general emphasis for us was to book shows that would garner positive feedback/reviews and become the building blocks of landing key support slots and festival appearances. Then when it was time to start touring it meant engaging with industry and media on a national level.

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Interview with the singer ILUKA

We’ve been stoked to have ILUKA back in the A Sharp Studios recording some great new material. ILUKA and her band of “Bobacious babes” have been busy writing and developing new material and every 2 months book A Sharp to record the new material. After a few cycles like ILUKA and her management hope to start to put an EP or Album together. We caught up with ILUKA and asked more about inspirations, career to date and what she hopes for going forward.

Iluka with her band Bobacious Babes at A Sharp Recording Studio

1. How and when did everything musical and your career start?

There was no official ‘beginning’. It was always something I just did. I began making up little ditties that I would sing around the house when I was 4 and I guess those ditties then progressed into songs. My Dad had a pretty basic 12 track recording desk at home so we began recording my own songs from when I was 7. We have made albums and albums worth of material together… It’s strange, I have always had this sense of knowing that I am here, on this earth, to create music. So that is what I have always done.

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Interview with Nathan Sheehy – The newest audio engineer at A Sharp Recording Studio

Nathan Sheehy is the newest Music Producer/Audio Engineer to join A Sharp. Nathan has had quite a bit of success already with several Triple J top 100 songs to his name. We’d like to introduce him to you so we caught up with Nathan in the studio and asked him to tell us a little more about his work ethic and techniques that have made him a name in the industry already. 

Interview with the legendary music producer Steve James!

Steve James joined A Sharp Recording Studio in Sydney some months ago and has worked on a number of fantastic projects at A Sharp including recording new material for Metal As Anything, Gail Page and 5 Way Addiction. We thought that we would sit this Iconic Grammy Nominee and Aria Producer and Engineer of the year down for 2 minutes and ask the Beautiful August to ask him a couple of questions about his career to date and his next plans. 

The North Shore Synagogue recording at A Sharp Recording Studio

Zvi Teichtahl, Cantor of The North Shore Synagogue contacted A Sharp Recording studios earlier this year in order to record a commemorative CD of music. The idea was for the CD to accompany a book celebrating the 75-year anniversary of the founding of the Synagogue and its community.
“The Book came about to be able to provide current and past members with a trip down memory lane. It has a pictorial and written history of the synagogue, including milestone events and key figures that helped build and create the community that it is. The CD, which will be attached to the back of the book, will reflect the rich musical heritage for which the synagogue has been renowned. It seemed to be a neat way to provide members with an audio presentation whilst reading through the book.”

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Lennox Lust recording with Jye Hannan at A Sharp Studio

Recently, Producer Engineer, Jye Hannan booked out A Sharp Recording Studio to record a great due called Lennox Lust. After the session we caught up with the band and asked a couple of questions.

Describe Lennox Lust in a tweet?
– Quirky, happy and in love.

Why did you decide to have Jye engineer this project?
– We came across Jyes skills at university where we were assembled together to create radio advertisements for the UNI. We were searching for an engineer at the time for a while and found we really liked the way he worked. He seemed highly capable but most importantly he seemed to respect what we wanted and didn’t try to influence us in an unnatural direction.

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So why do you need a music producer?

THE QUOTE: Mate, I’m tellin’ you, I wrote the song, I sing the song, the Band’s been playing the song for a year, not only do we not need a producer, we’ll go into the studio and get it first take – I GUARANTEE IT..!!!!

THE FACT: the only “dud” album The Beatles recorded was the one without a Producer! “Let It Be” – they got it so wrong, they remixed it and re-released it 34 years later.

When Alannis Morisset recorded her “Jagged Little Pill” album that went on to sell 10 million copies or more, she basically lived with her producer for 3 months. Was it because she liked him? No, they had a job to do.

When the Bee Gees recorded an album they had a producer. This is the Band that Barry Gibb was in, the guy who has written and produced more hit songs than anyone EVER. That’s EVER. Not this year or since Kylie was in Neighbours but EVER.

Here’s a guy who produced an album for Barbra Streisand successfully. Think Barack Obama has a hard job? Forget it, try Producing a Barbra Streisand album!

When The Bee Gees do a record, they get a Producer, the man who is a Producers’ Producer gets a Producer.

Why is that do you say? Well I’m glad you asked.

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Hot News – Tuesday Night – Rehearsal Recording Night at A Sharp

You asked and we make it happen. In the past period we got many request from all of you, asking for special price for reversal at A Sharp Recording Studios. We came up with Tuesday Night – Rehearsal/Recording Night at A Sharp!

From now on, every Tuesdays, 5 hours will be reserved for all of you, who wants to rehearse at A Sharp Studios. We will mic up an record your songs and at the end of your rehearsal session you can take with you .wav files and a guide mix. For a special price of $250!

Promo - Rehearsal and recording night at the studio!

Tuesday Night – Rehearsal Night At A Sharp Recording Studio!