“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, Tattie Toes
“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
“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