Endless thanks to Ste at What? Studios for turning my fledgling demos into fully strutting swans. The whole experience was very new to me, sending Ste four tracks for him to add drums to and to mix and master. I was skeptical at first as to how this process would work but I was able to listen along in real time from the comfort (and safety!) of my flat while Ste drummed along and brought these tunes to life. It’s been a real treat to be able to continue working and creating this way and I will most certainly be going back (Hopefully in person next time) and would 100% urge others to do the same.
– Ali Horn.
“Stephen’s extensive experience both as a performing musician and a producer mean he has an expert, well-balanced ear that will lend itself effortlessly to any project. He’s happy to go along with your ideas and equally as happy to suggest new ones, bringing his multi-instrumental talents to the fore. In What Studio, he’s managed to create the perfect balance of a relaxed atmosphere along with a clear work ethic.”
– Simon, Evisorax.
“My first time working with Stephen Cole and at WhatStudio, I came away more than satisfied with the results, so much so I booked another four and a half days in total. Not only was Stephen excellent at producing a record, controlling all recording and engineering tasks and capable of expressing ideas, but he’s also an excellent musician too, perfectly placing himself to suitably take care of pretty much every need one might have in a studio environment. WhatStudio is certainly different to every studio I’ve worked in before, from the BBC Studios in London, to Westbeach Recorders in Los Angeles, but it’s an experience I can highly recommend and a total breath of fresh air. And with a very pleasant, amiable and experienced chap to boot! Heavy kudos!”
“Stephen has mastered two records I’ve been involved in, and, on both occasions, I was 100% happy. He is inventive, a lively and original thinker, very easy to communicate with, affordable and enthusiastic – all of this is underpinned by extensive technical knowledge, and a disciplined approach. He does the work quickly, thoroughly, professionally, and adds an extra ingredient of flair and sparkle to the mix. Feeling that he was passionate and empathetic towards the music he was mixing – my music – made a big difference, too.”
– Howie Reeves.
“Stephen recorded and mixed the first two releases by Ex-Easter Island Head; “Mallet Guitars One” (2010) and “Mallet Guitars Two” (2012). Both were recorded on a very tight budget within a very tight time period in non-studio spaces with very basic facilities.
The first was in the roof-space of a church, the second in an empty nightclub. In both cases, Stephen was able to quickly and effectively transform the space into a suitable, creative recording environment and identify the best way to approach the material.
Recorded live over several hours, both records demanded patience, very quick thinking and focus, which Stephen was able to bring to every stage of the process.He has a sympathetic ear for sonic detail and a sensitive, personable approach to tracking and workig on problems with arrangements, tempo, equipment etc.
He is an intuitive, highly communicative mixer, able to effectively translate suggestions, creative ideas and vague descriptions into professional, characterful recordings.
Both “Mallet Guitars One” and “Mallet Guitars Two” received significant critical acclaim from the likes of The Wire (shortlisted for “Best avant-rock” 2011 & 2012), Pitchfork (“Best new music, September 2012”), The Quietus and airplay on the BBC.“
– Ben Duvall, Ex- Easter Island Head.
“It was a pleasure working with whatstudio? on our first album. With an eclectic musical past, ste quickly understood the route we wanted to take and was incredibly proactive in his dedication to realise this for us. Always on time, good beard, Highly recommended”
– Gareth Wyn Jones, The Unstoppable Sweeties Show, The Laze.
“If anyone needs a recording studio in Liverpool, then Stephen Cole at What Studio is your man!!! A great recording experience and an all round super nice chap to boot!!! Thanks again for all your hard work buddy! ”
– Mark Murphy, Crocodile God, The No Marks.