The career of engineer/producer John Spence began in 1982. After playing guitar with bands during the 1970’s, followed by two years experience on a touring concert PA system working with The Specials and Selector (2-Tone tour), The Blues Band, Bad Manners, Southern Death Cult, Sex Gang Children and Geno Washington, John moved into studio work and quickly gained a reputation as a skilful and patient engineer.
His induction into the recording profession was by no means conventional; early clients included The Sisters of Mercy, The Three Johns, March Violets and The Mekons, all of whose influence helped to fashion John’s approach to making records.
Through the eighties his client list expanded to include The Comsat Angels, The Rezillos, John Parr (two albums featuring amongst others The Phoenix Horns) and in 1988 John recorded the seminal “Bummed” album by Happy Mondays working alongside the late legendary producer Martin Hannet. Since 1989 John has enjoyed a creative and inspiring relationship with Bill Nelson (Bebop Deluxe/Red Noise). With Bill as producer John has recorded and mixed albums for international artists such as Roger Eno, Kate St.John, Yumiko Morioka, Nautilus Pompelius and Channel Light Vessel as well as Bill’s own “Practically Wired” and “After the Satellite Sings” albums.
Continuing through the nineties credits have included arranging, programming and performing with The Giantkillers (MCA Records), three albums with The Toy Dolls (Trojan Records), recording and mixing an album by Lolita no.18 ( a high profile Japanese punk band) for Sony Records Japan and various projects with The Beautiful South. John’s work during these years with progressive rock bands Castanarc (four albums) and Mostly Autumn (six albums) clearly show that he is equally at home recording big productions including choirs and string sections.
The last few years have seen many of the above artists return to work with John as well as new projects with Paul Heaton, The Glitter Band and several emerging bands such as Turismo, Computerman (now signed), Dirty Dreamers, Footloose and The Paddingtons (Mercury Records).
John Spence's vast experience and Fairviews long standing reputation are the reasons that clients continually return to Fairview recording Studio. This is the highest compliment that can be paid to him and he gratefully acknowledges their support.
John is a freelance engineer, producer and programmer with many years experience and a thorough working knowledge of recording technology. He can be contacted through the Fairview office.