Harvey Summers is a record producer, recording artist, song writer and sound engineer with over 20 years professional, commercial experience. Passionate about originality and innovation in music and sound production, he has built his Broadoak Studios facility around an eclectic array of the finest vintage analogue and latest digital equipment. Summers feels strongly that the priority of producer should be to aid the artist in developing their own unique sound, rather than imprinting his own sonic signature on all he touches. That said, his work always shows great care and sensitivity to the emotional intent of the music while seeking new and interesting sounds that are both unusual and sonically pleasing.
Summers’ 20 plus years of experience affords him an extensive understanding of classic and modern recording techniques, he plays a wide range of instruments which he cites as crucial in order to understand the way musicians work. For Summers, production begins with the song, arrangement and performance. He places particular focus on creating a relaxed, inspiring and creative atmosphere to help artists give their best performances. His Broadoak Studios reflects this philosophy where clients frequently comment on how they love the feel and style of his working environment and know their work is in safe hands.
Over the years, he has developed a number of innovative techniques evident in his productions, which convey a great sense of impact, dynamics and emotionality. He favours mixing by hand on his Raindirk console over mixing in the box as this allows a performance element to enter the mix, which also enhances the living, organic qualities of his sound which is often described as warm and three dimensional.
His extensive collection and working knowledge of vintage microphones and equipment, some of which is custom made to his own designs, add unique colours to his sonic palette.
He is also fully conversant with current software and plug-ins including Logic,Pro Tools, RX Advanced, UAD, Waves and many more.
Over 20 years commercial experience
2 million album sales as original artist
full project management from rehearsals to masters
passionate about originality in music and quality in sound
live bands and live studio recording a speciality
dedicated to delivering results on time and on budget
experienced in a wide range of genres
composition and music for media
ARTISTS: Danny Thompson • Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell • Otti Albietz • Junk Deluxe (ex-Alabama 3) • Steeleye Span • Jipsy Magic • John Pearson • Peter Kirtley Band featuring Sir Paul McCartney • Phil Thornton • Liane Caroll • Claire Hamill • Russ Conway • The Blood • Geoff Leigh • Positive Infinity Flavio Costa (Gipsy Kings) • Goldie Reed • Kenny Craddock • Divine Comedy• Ellie Ford • Laura Cole • Jet Cohen and the Aerials (ex-Penguin Cafe Orchestra) • Factory • Sanity FM • Positive Infinity
LABELS: BBE Records • Rise Above Records • EMI • Sony/BMG • West One • Sonic Quiver
TV SHOWS & COMMERCIALS: The One Show (BBC) • Top Gear (BBC) • Eastwick (ABC) • Blue Peter (BBC) • Pandora Jewelry (2014 Valentines campaign) • Looking (HBO) • Saving Grace (FOX) • The Middle (ABC) • First 48 (A&E) • Doctor Who (BBC) • Panorama (BBC) • American Idol (ITV) • Confused.Com • The X Factor (ITV)
FILM SCORES: Interference (Eyeline) • Reservations (Eyeline) • Amreeka (First Generation Films) • Chilly Dogs (GFT Entertainment) • The Secret (Prime Time Productions)
Music Producers Guild (of which Harvey is a member) have a nice article on the role of the music producer: MPG.ORG.UK