Phenomenal Year So Far

SoundShape Studios May 2016 01 (shrunk)

Just like every year, I’ve updated every other aspect of social media besides this website…  But I’m a dad now!! I can blame my lack of online presence on that can’t I? It’s a good enough reason I think…

I have produced amazing new music from Black Dove, PaperSailor, Echo Moon, Pseudo Satellites, The Social, The Strays, The Sinsheimers, The Asuras, The Luci Baines Band and tons more that I could be here all day listing.

Drop me a message on the “Contact” page of this site or by email me@james-mackenzie.com to discuss a recording or video project. I look forward to hearing from you!

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HERE’S TO 2018!

Last year came and went. Lots happened and I barely updated this website.

I worked on some amazing stuff. Finished, and also started on several albums, made tons of videos I’m really happy with and generally just worked my ass off.

A brand new showreel of music production will be making its way onto the inter web very soon. I’ve neglected to update my favourite recording work in a long time and it ends now! I’m putting together a collection of the stuff I’m most proud of from the previous couple of years.

ATTICA RAGE – NEW VIDEO

Attica Rage recently unleashed their brand new video for ‘All Summer Long’ that I had a blast filming for them back in June.

Exceedingly hot summer day, who coulda planned that in the west of Scotland eh?

The stars aligned in the end and we made this video. Look out for fantastic drone camera work courtesy of Kenneth Sands.

Enjoy!

NEW RELEASES! VIDEOS!

A busy 2016 so far. I’ve finished up a lot of great records that are now out there to consume, with more waiting in the wings. 

The Sinsheimers released their brand new EP ‘Bandinage‘ which you can stream/download at all the usual spots. 

A fantastic long EP/mini-album (is that how you say it?) from Midweek Shuffle is coming out very very soon, and that features a ton of great songs I really enjoyed recording and producing. 

3 videos… 3 damn videos all poised to release any time now. I worked with some great bands on videos this year including Attica Rage and  Mason Hill. And an as yet unnamed outfit. 3 videos I can’t wait to show off. 

A band I had a fantastic time working with last year (on their debut track), called Feral are back in finishing off a couple of new songs right now. These guys know how to bend several genres around their little finger and flick a whole new sound right into your ears. Look out for that. 

And there’s more. So much more. OliPop has great new music coming out, and there will be new music from Fallen Arches!

I AM VERY BUSY. I AM RUBBISH AT UPDATING

I made a huge grand total of 2 posts last year in 2015. The irony of that is I had so much work on that I simply forgot to keep the website updated. 

Y’know how it is nowadays. It’s all Twitter this and Facebook that. Gotta keep down with what the kids are into and so on. My main updates appear on Facebook but as I say every year, I shall try to maintain this page better than before. 

2015 was a brilliant year and I hope to work on more amazing projects before Santa rolls around again in 12 months. 

THE SINSHEIMERS – Pineapples And Palm Trees

The Sinsheimers - Artwork

I started working with The Sinsheimers last year on their debut EP ‘Pineapples And Palm Trees’, and a couple of months ago we wrapped up the photography for the artwork. Another full SoundShape product, from recording, mixing, mastering, right through to photography and artwork design.

It’s available now from their live shows, and they should have it online for download very soon.

WOW… WE’RE WELL INTO 2015 NOW!!

No apologies this time. I’ve just been really busy! I’ve managed to keep a lot of updates on the audio and video pages, and if you follow me with the hashtag #SoundShapeUK on Instagram you will have seen what I’m up to.

The biggest new update I can bring you, is that I am now about to begin a new podcast cleverly titled “The SoundShape Podcast”

Took so long to come up with that name obviously. We have guest lined up, as well as sessions booked with some brilliant bands. I can’t wait to start this new chapter alongside my faithful podcast companions Colin and Anthony.

There has been a lot of brilliant releases from bands I’ve worked with since the last blog update here, including the new EP from HUXTABLE called ‘It’s A Trap
I’m also massively proud of the mini-album from new band PEMBROOKE which was released a few months ago titled ‘Role Models‘. After a long process of fine tuning the great songs and recording new ones, I wrapped up the latest release from PARKER with their self titled EP.

NHC MUSIC PODCAST etc…

Every fortnight some like-minded music chaps descend upon my studio to record double episodes of the NHC Music Podcast. As the story typically goes, we all got chatting originally through our love of music, specifically the new music in the local scene, and these guys have been increasingly important in pushing Glasgow’s talents to the wider world.

We’ve tried to take the podcast to greater heights and this one was the most exciting so far as it features a live set from Kilmarnock’s incredible ‘HUXTABLE

They came down to join in our chat, and played as 5 fantastic songs, one of which was a brand new song exclusively played for the show.

Check it out LIVE streamed online every Friday at 9pm at http://www.MESiRadio.com – and every show since May has been archived at http://www.YouTube.com/NHCPodcast

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PaperSailor on SoundCloud

PaperSailor is the rocking little brainchild of Michael Wilson who came into the studio and played everything from drums, to guitars, to irn bru bottles, with the aim of bringing you this 5 song little gem.

Massively enjoyed recording and mixing this. Now let’s hope there’s a live show on the horizon!

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‘JULIET’ by HUXTABLE

I’ve been meaning to keep this page updated, I just get so busy and forget!
There’s a lot of great stuff happening just now, I’m recording/mixing some great albums, EPs and singles for a lot of brilliant bands.

I’ll make sure and post that up when it’s all released, speaking of which you should go check out ‘Take Away The Pain’ by Alavano which was released this week. It’s a new single from their album which we recently finished up.

And this video, ‘Juliet’ by Huxtable, is the first song from their mini album that I’m currently mixing. This was incredibly fun, and you’d never think this sound came from just 2 people.

Get into it.

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