Gary began his musical career in the early 80’s, playing bass for a band influenced by the UK mod revival scene. Gaining respect for his playing and creative input in various other bands, by 1994 he had come to the attention of Mark Burgess, formerly of post-punk band The Chameleons. Gary was subsequently recruited for the UK tour of Mark’s first solo album, ‘Paradyning’.
Spending time in recording studios as a musician led to a growing interest in sound engineering and production and by 2000 he had built his first project studio and taken the bold decision to turn a passion into a career. In 2004, after reconnecting with fellow musician Tim Thomas, Gary was asked to join the team at the soon to be opened Blueprint Studios, where he remains to this day.
Over the years Gary has engineered and produced records for The Family Silver (Steve White, Damon Minchella, Matt Deighton), Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets) and Argh Kid, with recent projects including The Distractions and Izzi Steele. He has engineered sessions for One Republic, Hot Chip, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Bugsy Malone and has an assistant engineer credit for 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake’s top ten single ‘Ayo Technology’.
With years of experience working as a musician, Gary effortlessly translates artists songs and ideas onto record, capturing accurate representations of their sound and always keen to offer production ideas
Electric Blend remains one of my favourite projects I’ve ever recorded. From the performances Gary helped draw out of us, to the sound he captured and his beautiful mixes. For geographical reasons, I don’t get to work at Blueprint as much as I’d like, but Gary will always be up there as one my favourite go-to engineers and producers.
Style Council, Paul Weller, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Dr John.
I’ve worked with Gary for about 4 years across several projects. He has an insane ability as a producer and always manages to take my basic ideas, flesh them out, bring his own magic to the studio and create something special each time. He’s an extraordinary talent and it’s always a pleasure to work with him and the rest of the Blueprint Family.