Joined Jul 14 2011
Record producer Fran Ashcroft has credits diverse as Damon Albarn, Lee of the La's, various Dandy Warhols, Lords of Acid, and Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds. With a radical approach and unorthodox, back to basics style he's widely regarded as the Less-Is-More guru of the recording world.
His Happybeat studios feature an eclectic array of gear for recording, mixing and mastering, from high end digital formats to vintage tape machines, downright weird stuff, and purple psychedelic curtains.
...yes, I have worked at Abbey Road and Trident, with Damon Albarn, some Dandy Warhols, big labels, small labels both in this country and around the world, some bands you know, and a lot of bands you’ve never heard of. I’ve taken a taxi to Euston station with Billy J.Kramer, spent an afternoon in The La’s garden shed, stepped over an unconscious Pete Townshend, had a pastie fight with Eurythmics Dave Stewart, a drink with Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, read several books about Bob Dylan, bought one or two albums by Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, and my Auntie Jack lived next door but one to Pete Shotton, childhood friend of John Lennon of The Beatles. Who also worked at Abbey Road and Trident studios.
Credits are not always what they appear to be. They can be bent and shaped to fit the message, and don’t always reflect the truth. They don’t say whether you or the artist actually did a good job, and you can’t base that on record sales either.We all have to use our credits as some measure of our skill, status, and experience. It would be very bad for business not to. But it really doesn’t matter what we did or who we worked with when.
I’m only as good as my last record.
Check out the Happybeat website for recording, mixing and mastering: http://www.happybeat.net
or watch the video about my work here:
I'm always happy to listen to stuff - don't be shy!