The Drummer - Tim Weller
Tim Weller is a freelance drummer based in London with a career spanning over 20 years and a huge range of styles. Though fond of heavy metal and rock as a teenager his first gigs were actually in the London soul circuit and the early acid jazz scene, where he learned how to groove and sit in a track. Since then he's moved through the indie scene, the trip hop scene, the dance scene and most other things in between.. Playing with many of pop music’s biggest names and, alongside them, some of its smallest.
Artists he has worked with include Death in Vegas, Chris Difford, Future Sound of London, Marc Almond, Beverley Craven, Natalie Imbruglia, Duke Special, Ellie Goulding and Noel Gallagher. Recently he recorded Will Young's platinum selling number one album "Echoes" and also 70s icon Bill Fay's acclaimed comeback album "Life is People". He's worked with Neil Hannon on the Divine Comedy and other projects since 2004, and on the West End show Billy Elliot since 2005. Equally at home tucked at the back of the stage, he's also performed and recorded with many orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the RTE and the Ulster Orchestra. A particular highlight was playing at David Axelrod's only London show at the Festival Hall. He has also performed on countless TV themes and soundtracks including Ridley Scott's "The Counsellor".
The Engineer - Stephen Street
There are few people living in the UK who will not have heard a Stephen Street record. His legendary creative production style has contributed to some of the most iconic records by UK bands and artists of the past three decades, including The Smiths, Blur, New Order, Pete Doherty, Kaiser Chiefs and countless other platinum-selling acts.
Stephen’s career began in the late 1970s when he performed in various bands around London. After a period playing bass in ska/pop outfit BIM, he changed his focus towards audio engineering and record production, landing a gig as Assistant Engineer at Island Records’ Fallout Shelter Studio in Hammersmith where he quickly rose to house engineer. It was a position that would lead to his first meeting with The Smiths: from 1984 until the band’s split in 1987, Stephen’s engineering work on three Smiths albums – Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways, Here We Come – would help write the band into British popular music history.
When The Smiths disbanded, Stephen went on to form a hugely successful partnership with Morrissey as a solo artist in the late 1980s, all the while developing a portfolio of work with the likes of Durutti Column and The Triffids. But it was 1991 when another landmark meeting, this time with a young London group named Blur, sparked the next longstanding relationship with another pioneering British band. Stephen produced the first five Blur albums which included the multi-platinum selling Parklife, one of the most critically acclaimed records of the 1990s and which earned four BRIT Awards in 1995, including ‘Best British Album’.
In 1994 Stephen won the first of many personal accolades, Q Magazine’s ‘Producer of the Year’ in recognition of his work with Blur and The Cranberries – another band Stephen has enjoyed prolonged success with over the years. Other production credits from the 1990s included Sleeper, Catatonia, The Pretenders, Lloyd Cole and Shed Seven.
Since the turn of the millennium, Stephen has been as prolific as ever within the UK’s alternative music scene. Besides continuing collaborations with the likes of The Cranberries and Blur’s Graham Coxon, his talents as a record producer have been an instrumental component behind the success of Kaiser Chiefs, The Ordinary Boys, The Maccabees, The Courteeners, Pigeon Detectives, Pete Doherty, Babyshambles, The Subways and more. In 2006 Stephen Street was named Producer of the Year at both the Music Week Awards and the MMF Annual Dinner.
Stephen mixed this Hayman kit in his own studio 'The Bunker' in London.
The Developer - Channel Robot
Channel Robot was founded in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. They specialise in developing unique and powerful virtual instruments for Kontakt using Native Instruments’ KSP scripting language and high quality sample sets. Channel Robot build their own instruments, license their technology and provide design and development services to the audio industry.Channel Robot have worked with us closely to build our Kontakt pack instruments.
The UI Designers - Ether Creative
Ether Creative are a design-led digital agency based in Maidstone in south-east England. This small but perfectly-formed team design and build mobile sites and apps, PHP based software systems and of course websites. They blend up a mix of bleeding-edge design and development techniques, thorough research and planning, plus a real dedication to their craft. Ether Creative were responsible for the UI design of the Kontakt instrument.