YOUR MUSIC INDUSTRY 001: KUSP (UK), LIVERPOOL AUDIO NETWORK
002: MIKE CAVE
MIKE CAVE ON:
THE PAST AND FUTURE OF MASTERING
THE REALITY OF THE MCGURK EFFECT
THE EARLY WORLD OF USING PRO TOOLS.
WORKING WITH THE LIKES OF COLDPLAY, NICOLE SCHERZINGER, PROFESSOR GREEN AND TINCHY STRYDER
Musician turned mixer/producer Mike Cave got his start playing guitar, keyboards & drums in a variety of bands on the Liverpool circuit from the age of 13, and by 15 he was engineering sessions for his own bands and others in the area.
Mike went on to study Music Theory at the London College of Music, but his real education was finding his band The Sunlites in a major record deal with Mercury, allowing him to spend two years in the studio with the big guns – Jeremy Wheatley, Mike Neilsen, Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby.
A six-year in-house engineer stint at Liverpoolʼs legendary Parr Street Studios followed, working alongside heavyweights such as Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Badly Drawn Boy, Gomez), Jeremy Wheatley (Space, Sugababes, Mel C), and Brendan Lynch (Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Cast).
Mike then went freelance and opened his own world-class studios The Loft in a large converted Manhattan-style loft in the centre of Liverpool. He’s built a strong reputation as a mixer/producer, with artists as diverse as Professor Green, JP Cooper, The Coral, Riton, Elvis Costello, KRS-One, Lewis Capaldi, Noisettes, Tinchy Stryder, James Vincent McMorrow, Digitalism, Fatboy Slim, John Martyn, Yuksek, Bob Dylan, Gil Scott-Heron, Rufus Wainwright, The Charlatans, The Zutons, and Echo & The Bunnymen making use of his production, mixing & mastering expertise and earning him a string of top ten albums & singles and numerous multi-platinum, gold & silver sales awards (see below).
Mike’s talent and experience working on both sides of the desk give him a unique understanding of how to deliver quality records on time and on budget with a magic touch that brings artists’ ideas to life.