The year has been pretty busy so far with our crew travelling all over the world making gigpiglet events happen.
Once everyone recovered from the hugeness that was NIKE NTC taking over virtually all of carriageworks in sydney it was onto a tour with none other than Shaggy, and then our old friends Death Cab For Cutie. At the same time we where looking after Tim Finn shows in the UK, and what will likely be one of the most awesome gigs of the year, NOVAS Global Red Room. We sent crew, JoeCo recorders, and of course red drapes around the world for events with Ed Sheerin in Dublin, Craig David in London, Rudimental in Dubai and Jason Derulo in Sydney. With thanks of course to Qantas and Optus – what a huge treat to be taking the red room global again!
Through it all the studio has remained busy as always, with Gareth recording live instrumentation including strings, piano and vocals for JOY’s EP “Ode” in studio A. Mixes of live recordings for #1 Dads, Hermitude, The Wombats and more, as well as visits from the usual producer/ engineers including Dax Linier working on and awesome record for Dumbsaint.
Coming up is X-Factor Live, 5SOS, Optus Rock Corps and our good friends The Falls – Cant wait!
2014 saw the not only the installation of the Neve console in Studio A, but also plenty of other upgrades while we where at it, from Rob Squire designed and custom built headphone systems, to new Neumann microphones and a Studer 24 track tape machine.
Studio B also had its fair share of upgrades and additions, with Todd Dixon (Mechanical Sounds) and Gary Dryza (Dryza Music and Audio) setting up shop in there to work on their own projects.
All new Studio C is now also up and running as the home base for our expanding live and broadcast work – leaving the neve to concentrate on band recordings.
We also took on representation of JoeCo products in Australia, which is awesome, as we use them everyday and know and love the product, so there is nothing better than being able to talk to people about the units and get them out there in the world.
Touring in 2015 is looking exciting already, with St Vincent, Angel Olsen, Steve Malkmus, Budos Band, Shaggy, and some of our old favourites who cant be named yet latter in the year.
So its looking like its going to be a big one – cant wait to work with you all again (and hopefully some new folks) on your records, live recordings, tours, and events. Bring it on 2015!
Earlier this year saw our trust old DDA (originally from Alberts) shipped off to the University of Tasmania where she has started a new life.
That of course made room for the biggest change GPHQ has seen since the new control room a few years ago… shipping in and essentially building from scratch a mighty NEVE 55 Series recording console. Rob Squire from Pro Harmonic was responsible for the rebuild, and while there is still a bit of work to do some sessions have already been going through the board – and she sounds as good as she looks!
An awesome way to end 2013 was to record this show for Birds of Tokyo supporting muse.
Check out “Lanterns” live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7O0JUV0bO8#t=54
2014 is already well and truly underway with Tim Finn shows at Woodford Folk Festival over the new year, and tours with Lee Fields as well as Ben Caplan underway. Its going to be another huge year!
Things have been keeping busy at GPHQ, with a new studio being completed which not only houses another PT HD2 system, but also an Avid Media Composer video editing system. Jack Carty has been working on his new record, as well as sessions from Sarah McLeod, guest producer Casual Psychotic working on The Guppies, and The Theaves, as well as Steffan working away on the debut record for Kita.
Gareth has been out on the road mixing FOH again (keeping the fingers warmed up) for a number of back to back tours from Tim Finn, Calexico (including an amazing show at the Sydney Opera House) Steven Wilson, Kim Wilde and Nik Kershaw, and from the next generation of UK stars – The Cribs.
Hard and work at home we have been updating the Live Recording systems with Midas XL48 mic preamps (dont they just look amazing) with the systems being so busy this year – recording the likes of Karnivool, Rudimental, Jason Derulo, James Arthur, Kim Wilde and Boy and Bear – just to name a few. We have added another two full recording systems to keep up with what is going to be a busy summer.
Most exciting however, is that our good friends RUFUS, whose previous release was on gigpiglet, have been nominated for not one by TWO awards at this years ARIA’s: Best Breakthrough Artist, and Best Dance Release. Congratulations to all involved, and cant wait to see you on the red carpet this year
Well the year kicked off to a pretty crazy run of tours and loads of Live Recording… Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings for NYE and Sydney festival shows, as well as a full run of club and festival dates, then literally without a day in between it was on to the Australian Open in melbourne (our fourth year!), SMAC awards for fBI (our third year), new tours for Lianne La Havas and Stars, festival shows for Tim Finn, then The Tallest Man on Earth theatre tour. Without catching breath and departing directly from Hobart, Gareth headed to SXSW with Jack Carty, as well as being production manager for the Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ shows. After a quick few shows and meeting in LA it was straight back to sydney and out on the road again for Blues Fest (our eighth year!) this time with Supertramp legend Roger Hodgson.
With what little breather there was after that tour – we started work on GPHQ2. Another studio! Crazy right? Crazy. As well as being home to an AVID system, this studio also boasts PTHD2 as a mix/ edit room, and the main studio was also updated to HD2 and a bunch more plug ins.
Barely finishing the build, we then put together a large touring system for a lengthy They Might Be Giants tour – with both regional and city sold out shows, as well as Groovin the Moo. The band chose to tour consoles, stage patch, split, power and a significant in-ear and radio mic set up for us, and Gareth went out on the road as PM to oversee it all. With 10 out of 17 shows SOLD OUT (and the rest not far from it!) i think we will call that a success.
Home to finish the studio build, and work on building the Live Recording systems (new converter racks and RAID hard drive arrays) its business as usual. As was mentioned the other day – “The road to success is always under construction”
Today is a busy day! Well, its a busy week, and a busy month.
Gareth is in the airport lounge, about to fly to LA to catch up with some fine people like Dan Wilson, Matt Nathanson, The Talent House and East West Studios. Then onto New York for CMJ music conference, including the showcase events with RUFUS.
The studio is busy with projects in and out, currently the boys from Dappled Cities working on a film soundtrack, and next week Boy and Bear continuing their pre production for the next record.
Then the end of october sees us back to perth to build Rockit Festival for the Black Keys.
We have had so much going on with our live recording set ups, that we had to buy another one! The new rack features a JoeCo BlackBox recorder with MADI i/o.
That means 64 channels of recording directly from a digidesign profile, one of our sound craft consoles, or pretty much any other digital board with a MADI output in one rack space! Plug and Play, and ROCK SOLID.
The last couple of weeks have seen The Voice winner Karise Eden, 360 and Fun all tracked live, while next week will be Ed Sheeran, Hello Pavement and The Wanted.
Get in touch for more details of our live recording rigs – we would love to show you how simple it is to track awesome quality audio at your show.
Woah what happened to 2011?
Since our last update, we spent the end of last year on tour with Tim Freedman, Tim Finn, The Tallest Man On Earth, Ricki-Lee and working on records in the studio for Jack Carty and RUFUS, as well as a new single and clip for Pinky Beecroft. In our spare time we started producing a monthly webisode for Pedestrian.tv – the first two episodes featuring Andy Bull and Passenger. You can check out the videos here and here respectively.
So on the 2012…. we brought it in with shows from Tim Finn and The Naked and Famous at Falls Festival, Jack Carty at Woodford, as well as RUFUS and Passenger at Peats Ridge. Big weekend!
Now we are well and truly in the swing of things, out and about with Ira Glass (the creator of “This American Life”) and again looking after Grand Slam Oval at the Australian Open, and setting up for huge tours with The Horrors, Death Cab For Cutie and Bon Iver.
Wooooo Hoooo bring on the rest of it!
Friday = 50th birthday party for private client in tasmania, 300 guests, Pinky Beecroft playing the “Experience”
Saturday = a very early flight, and all the Gigpiglet crew at Changing Lanes Festival on Devonshire Street Surry Hills. We supplied stage managers for all stages, as well as a remote recording/ broadcast solution for the main stage. check out the crowd while we were setting up for Papa Vs Pretty.
Sunday = a very early start, and off to the Botanic Gardens for the Sydney Running Festival finish line and medal presentation. the couldn’t have been sunnier – but shame about the wind..