The Drummer - Martyn Barker
Originally heralding from Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, Martyn has been a professional drummer for 30 years, starting his career with the band Shriekback and recently playing with Billy Bragg and Marianne Faithfull. His touring, recording and composing experience has covered many genres from Folk, Soul, Rock, Pop, African Blues, Jazz, Indie and Ambient. He is a busy session drummer on an ongoing basis both in the U.K and France and has recently been working, composing and producing for his own projects (most notably ‘Big World Blue’) and for other artists.
His recent folk rock projects have been Joe Boyd’s Way To Blue - Tour and Live Album, Hal Wilner’s Rogue’s Gallery - Tour and Album, and The Winterson’s Bright Phoebus - Tour. Other artists Martyn has been working with include Martin, Eliza and Norma Carthy, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Chris Difford, Emmylou Harris, Peggy Seeger, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Mary Winterson, Lou Reed, Shane McGowan and Katherine Williams.
The Engineer - Phill Brown
Phill Brown is a legend who needs little introduction. In fact so prolific is his career that he has written a rather good book about it called ‘Are We Still Rolling ?’ Phill began his career in the 60s as a Tape-Op at the now closed Olympic Studios. Working with Artists such as Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, Traffic and Jimi Hendrix he learned under engineers and producers such as Jimmy Miller, Glyn Johns and Eddie Kramer. From there he progressed to in house engineer at Island Records studios in the 70s. Some of the artists he engineered for during this time were Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, John Martyn and Bob Marley.
From 1976 Phill became a freelancer and his CV continued to grow – Talk Talk, Roxy Music and Dido to name a few. From the Stones’ Beggars Banquet to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To heaven’ to Steve Winwood’s first solo album to Roxy Music’s Manifesto and on to a pair of multi-million selling Dido records and the much-adored final two Talk Talk records, Phill Brown has been at the creation of some of the most treasured music of the past 40 years.
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 were responsible for building the Drumdrops Kontakt instrument.