An Arctic Storm!
Before we throw on our swimming caps, goggles and speedos, and dive headfirst into last month's ocean of Milo events, a quick yet hugely-deserved congratulations to the Arctic Monkeys and their entourage. Recorded in Miloco's Garden studio last year, 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' crashed into the charts with an impact which broke the Richter Scale itself. 85,000 copies were sold on the first day of release, and that figure swiftly grew to 230,000 by the end of the first week. The downloaders were busy at it too, with each of the album's tracks featuring in the top 200 download chart after seven days, and the icing on the cake was well and truely laid, when the album entered at number 7 in the US. It makes a fitting end to a gripping month...
Camden Crawl 2007 - Roundup
Ahhh, the crawl. Don't you just love that time of year where for once it seems almost acceptable to pour beer down your throat, shout friendly abuse at passers-by whilst on your hands and knees squirming around the numerous haunts of North London? Miloco's seasonal staff drinks are always left fond in the depleted memory.
Anyway to change the subject completely, the 19th and 20th April saw the return of the much-loved Camden Crawl to the streets of NW1, comprising 15+ venues, 90+ acts and 3000+ crawlers, a fraction of which popped over from Miloco on both Thursday and Friday night to sample the bands, beer and bustle. We were of course thrilled to see so many of our own clients wow the Camden crowds across the two nights, amongst them Ali Love, These New Puritans, Friendly Fires, Fear of Flying, Scott Matthews, The Dykeenies, Rumble Strips, The Rank Deluxe, man alive, the list could equal the length of Meatloaf's weekly shopping receipt!
Of particular interest to us was this year's new talent contest, Indie Idle, which in association with Gigwise.com endeavoured to bring the finest unsigned talents across the UK together to battle it out in front of the judges and drunken hoards, to be crowned 'Indie Idle 2007'. The eventual winners, 35 Seconds, won a free day's studio time at a Miloco studio with one of our vastly talented engineers, which leaves us to congratulate the guys on their triumph, and welcome them to the Miloco family.
So here's to another spring weekend of singing and dancing, drinking and stumbling, bustlin' and hustlin', queueing, spewing, brawling and crawling. See you all again next year!
The Milocean Champions League 5-a-side is back!
Footballers doing music. As much as people have tried, the end results normally speak/sing/rap/dance-like-drunk-uncles for themselves. Remember John Barnes' rap? Gazza's 'Fog on the Tyne'? "C'mon yer reds, c'mon yer reds"? Toes curl and stomachs turn, then vomit appears. It's a natural progression, and one that we thought we'd make every effort to stop. So a few year's ago, Miloco had the ingenious idea to see how the music world faired in a football situation, and set-up the annual Miloco 5-a-side Football Tournament, and the rest is history, as they say.
In case you need reminding, and shame on yourself if you do, last year's tournament saw the infamous battle of fists between Roll Deep and Towers of London, after their fiery semi-final clash. Some sly fox filmed it, and then posted it on YouTube for the country to chuckle at. It was quite the talk of the town. Anyway, Towers of London of course went on to win the competition, and joined V2 and 679 before them by entering the Milocean Champions League history books.
And so to the point...
This year, we bring to you the fourth instalment of this fabulous event. On 12th July, the industry shall gather on Battersea Park in shorts and shirts, boots and pads, Keegan mullets, Beckham mo-hawks and Valderrama afros, to battle it out on the turf and be crowned Miloco 5-a-side Champs '07.
We would love to invite each and every one of you to enter a team to this year's event. Please give Richard a call at the office on 020-7232-0008, or drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't consider yourself as much of a player, please do come along and cheer and jeer from the stands. We look forward to hearing from you. For further details on this years tournament click here.
Over here at Miloco we celebrated the start of Spring most suitably, with plenty of artists seemingly blossoming under the influence of our selection of creative musical hubs. We hosted everyone from American R n' B luminaries, through to the most exciting new bands to be emerging right now. Throw in an army of our fantastic engineers and producers, and we had a very satisfying month of activity to dwell on. Here's April's studio roundup.
At the start of the month The Neve saw out the final stretch of Natalie Imbruglia's forthcoming album, which she recorded and mixed with us in the company of producer Ben Hillier, programmer Dave McCracken and engineer Ferg Peterkin. Once they had finished up, San Diego Metalers As I Lay Dying were mixing in The Neve with legendary rock producer Colin Richardson, Miloco engineer Matt Hyde and assistant Dean Curtis, for most of what remained in April. The last few days were devoted to giving the Neve console some TLC by our maintenance team, to ensure that it was in the finest fettle for the summer months!
An engineer CV for you: Ferg Peterkin
First up at The Toyshop was Essex R n' B starlet Pixie, in with her trusty production/engineering team of Lucas Secon and Miloco's Pete Hofmann. A star of the future to two stars of the present, Chemical Brothers came back to their former abode with engineer Steve Dub, as always. Miloco Two was then acquainted with R n' B superstar Ne-Yo, who was working on a project with no-less than Natasha Bedingfield over two days. Mark Allaway assisted. Another rising personality within UK Hip-Hop, Mister Who, came in for a couple of days under the assured guidance of Miloco engineer Joe Hirst. Joe was back a few days later for a day's work with Ed Horrox.
Two more engineer CVs for you: Pete Hofmann and Joe Hirst
Our prestigious tracking room at Hoxton Square certainly had a healthy flow of artists throughout April. It started off with a day's session with Adam Morley who was in with Miloco engineer Finn Eiles and assistant Oli Wright. The Kings Corner Project youth scheme booked in a couple of days with our very own Martin Jenkins guiding them with his engineering skills, and then we were delighted to welcome to The Square the legendary session drummer Steve Reid, who came in for a couple of days with Miloco engineer Mark Rankin. The man who's vocal and keyboard strengths shot him to fame with former band Toploader, Joe Washbourn, came in for a five day block with the charming Dave Eringa producing and engineering, and Laurence Aldridge assisting. Flying over from the other side of the Atlantic came Tom McKay and The Fay Rays, who had a several-day recording bash in Miloco Three, with Miloco assistant Daniel Rejmer. Latter Day Saints came to Hoxton next with a day's session with producer Pedro Ferreira, and then rising troubador Craig Johnston wrapped things up with Miloco engineer Joe Hirst.
Two more CVs: Martin Jenkins and Finn Eiles
Hertfordshire punk-rockers Gallows were in The Garden tracking singles at the start of the month, with Miloco's highly commendable Matt Hyde engineering and Darren Simpson assisting. Before their stint at The Square, The Fay Rays used up five days at The Garden, and were then followed by a three day Parka session. Parka was recording album tracks with producer/engineer Ian Gore and Miloco assistant Jon Olliffe. The Skies booked in to Miloco Four for a day with Mark Allaway assisting, and then the wonderful Mystery Jets had a day with producer Erol Alkan and engineer Jimmy Robertson. April at The Garden was wrapped up with two one-day sessions, the first one with Mr Hudson and the second with producer Iain Gore.
Another CV: Matt Hyde
Over at Highbury Corner, and Wolverhampton's Ripchord were getting down to work with producer James Lewis and assistant Adrian Breakspear. They were mixing album tracks over an eight-day session. The award-winning Acoustic Ladyland had a total of three days mixing in The SSL with engineer Finn Eiles, and they preceded Slaves To Gravity who had two days with producer Chris Sheldon to mix a single. The brilliant Fear Of Flying were back with us last month. They were mixing demos in The SSL with Max Dingle engineering. Lonyo then had a day of solid-state luxury with Miloco's fantastic Matt Foster engineering.
One more CV: Matt Foster
Our long-term acquaintance Howie B was working with one of his current projects, I Am Finn in early April with John Purcell assisting the session. The aforementioned Gallows made use of Musikbox and its exquisite mixing capacity shortly after their Garden session, and then North London's The Holloways were working in a near-by neighbourhood to their own, mixing some b-sides with producer/engineer Tristan Ivemy. Next up were Goodbooks, who were in for two days with Dan Grech-Marguerat producing and engineering. They two were putting together some b-sides. Lastly, Camden Crawl favourites Friendly Fires were in Miloco Seven tracking a single with the dynamic duo of producer Paul Epworth and Miloco engineer Mark Rankin.
And lastly to The Pool - the eighth and final studio in the Miloco realm. It kicked off April where it left March, with London's The Rank Deluxe recording for five days with Mark Rankin producing and James Aparicio assisting. Mark Rankin was back in The Pool with Acoustic Ladyland shortly after, tracking singles for two days. We then had Fryars in with producer Luke Smith and engineer Ferg Peterkin, who were recording some future singles. The fast-rising and hugely excitable Underground Heroes were in for the best part of a week under the guidance of Paul Epworth and Mark Rankin, closely follwed by Daniel Pemberton who came in for a day with Ferg Peterkin engineering. The rest of April saw The Pool occupied by the man instrumental in building it, Ben Hillier, who was in producing Australian group Sparkadia, with his trusty sidekick Ferg Peterkin.
Final CV: Mark Rankin
And that was April. Summer's warming up, as are the seats across the eight Miloco studios. Make sure you don't leave it too late to get your hands onto our exquisite studio facilities, and get in touch to book some time.
To make an enquiry or booking, it really couldn't be simpler. Call Sophie today on 020-7232-0008 or email her at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
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An Arctic Storm!
Pack yer bags and head to Brighton!
Festival season is gaining pace. Having crawled around the Camden haunts last month, we are now gathering the posse to hit Brighton on the 17th, 18th and 19th, where the music world will be gathering to indulge in the Great Escape Festival. This year, Miloco are glowing in gratification that at least 20 of our clients are rocking out down by the sea, and alongside them will be our team of bloggers, promo guys, socialites and merrymakers, all of whom are very-much looking forward to seeing you all down there. So if you fancy meeting up for a cup of joe and a chinwag, get in touch with Sophie on 020-7232-0008, or alternatively by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll have a hoot!!
New Staff Announcement
This month we have bolstered our squad of superstars by adding one Oli Wright to our roster of first-class studio assistants. Oli was a runner at Mute for six months, before he became their in-house assistant. Prior to that, a studious Oli was often spotted at the Alchemea College of Audio Engineering.
Now onboard the Miloco ship, Oli is proving quite a sailor, with assisting roles on sessions with Undergound Heroes, Craig Johnston and Mr Hudson and the Library, already under his belt. He'll be an admiral before he even knows it!!
Welcome aboard Oli.
Released 16th April 2007
Shitdisco - 'Kingdom of Fear'
Spending much time practicing knees-ups on the road with Klaxons, these Glaswegians are another integral element to the thriving New Rave scene. Oh, and it appears they had a strangely forgettable yet somehow inspiring experience at a disco one night, but that's just a theory.
Shitdisco spent time in The Pool and The Toyshop in November and December 2006 with producer Luke Smith and Miloco engineers Ferg Peterkin and Joe Hirst.
Released 16th April 2007
Arctic Monkeys - 'Brianstorm'
First single from the new album, Brianstorm is a smokin' rock number describing a classic modern-day villain named Brian, of course. Another 'scummy man', it would seem.
Arctic Monkeys were in The Garden throughout 2006, tracking the album with co-producers/engineers Mike Crossey and James Ford.
Released 9th April 2007
Sanctity - 'Road To Bloodshed'
Un-harnessed rides on Space Mountain would be safer for the faint-hearted elderly than this one. 'Road To Bloodshed' is the debut from Roadrunner's newest recruit, and will surely add another benchmark to the label's terrifying metal legacy.
Sanctity were in The Garden in January 2007. They were mixing album tracks with producer Colin Richardson and Miloco engineer Matt Hyde.
Released 2nd April 2007
Fields - 'Everything Last Winter'
The widely acclaimed Fields' debut, 'Everything Last Winter', explores the various dimensions of folk-rock, injecting all sorts from the psychedelic undertones of Espers through to My Bloody Valentine-esque feedback noise. Perhaps testament to their excitable substance is one critic's description - "A bit like if the Magic Numbers grew balls and an unhealthy obsession with Paganism." We trust that is a compliment.
Fields were remixing tracks with producer Ewan Pearson and Miloco engineer Pete Hofmann in May 2006.
Released 2nd April 2007
Alberta Cross - 'The Thief and the Heartbreaker'
Their influences are clear-cut, yet their delivery is exquisite. Alberta Cross are the unlikeliest of East London bands (would you agree that a name that exotic doesn't necessarily reflect Hackney?). The Thief and the Heartbreaker glides through seven tracks of sun-drenched folk rock, drawing on the hippy music that flowed around the LA Canyons in the 1960s. Equally impressive are the boys' efforts to sport similar quantities of above-neck hair as their Californian idols!
Alberta Cross were in The Square, The Neve and The Garden throughout 2006 and the early part of 2007 with Miloco's very own Finn Eiles producing and engineering.
To check out more of the Miloco releases of 2007, please look this way: www.miloco.co.uk/news/ newreleases