Having recently worked with the likes of Dua Lipa, Young T & Bugsey, Headie One, J Hus, AJ Tracey & Aitch, Celeste, Bicep and Arlo Parks, we had the pleasure of speaking with our team of world-renowned studio engineers on the artists they helped produce. Discover what our celebrated studio engineers had to say and why 63% of ALL BRIT Award domestic nominations were recorded, mixed and/or mastered here at Metropolis Studios.
“We are so proud to have recorded, mixed or mastered nearly two-thirds of all the domestic nominations for the 2021 Brit Awards. All we do is provide the environment for our clients to reach their full potential and do their best work. It’s clearly working and we congratulate all our nominated clients.” – Richard Connell – CEO, Metropolis StudiosCeleste has been nominated for Mastercard Album, Breakthrough Artist and Female Solo Artist. Her no. 1 debut album, Not Your Muse, was mastered by John Davis! “Celeste is an incredible artist, her debut album showcased her terrific songwriting and mastery of both pop and jazz influence. Well deserved nominations – Good luck, Celeste!“ Collapsed In Sunbeams album was mastered by Metropolis Mastering Engineer, Matt Colton. “We mastered this track by track over several months and it was great watching the album develop over that period of time. It really gifted me an insight into the creative process of the incredibly talented Arlo. A tip of the hat to A & R maestro Mike for leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of making the best album we could.” Electronic DJ duo Bicep has been nominated for British Group and Breakthrough Artist. Their latest album Isles was again mastered by Matt Colton. “I love working with Bicep, whose music is always on point and never overworked. We made a decision during the mastering of this record to let it breathe a bit and not slam it too hard, which can be the temptation with dance music. I think that sonic really leaves a space for the emotion to come through; it’s never forced. The record has really resonated with so many people.” Finally, nominated for Mastercard Album, Female Solo Artist, and British Single, Dua Lipa’s Club Future Nostalgia (DJ Mix) album was also mastered by Matt Colton. Her track Boys Will Be Boys was also mixed in Studio C!
“Dua is such an incredible songwriter and vocalist, so it was very cool to work on these interpretations of Future Nostalgia that make up the Club Future Nostalgia project. Special mention to Midland for turning Pretty Please into a banging garage joint – windows down, system up!“
Stuart Hawkes – Metropolis Mastering EngineerMetropolis’ Stuart Hawkes has mastered a wide range of acclaimed artists work, including J Hus‘ Big Conspiracy album (Nominated for Mastercard Album and Male Solo Artist), Headie One‘s Edna album (nominated for Male Solo Artist with two nominations for British Single), Young T & Bugsey’s Plead The 5th album (nominated for British Group, Breakthrough Artist and British Single), Regard and RAYE’s Secrets (nomination for British Single), 220 Kid & Gracey‘s Don’t Need Love (nominated for British Single) and Lianne La Havas‘ eponymous album (nominated for Female Solo Artist)!
“A pleasure working with such talented artists all producing great music!”
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