Air-Edel was founded by Sir George Martin and Herman Edel 45 years ago.
Managing and representing composers for film, television and commercials, the company grew from strength to strength and acquired their own studios in 1990. Air-Edel Recording Studios are proud to be a part of this wider music supervision, management and publishing company to this day.
Located in Besant Hall, originally built as a theatre to serve as the meeting hall for the Theosophical Society, the building was converted into Star Sound Studios in 1937 and became the first independently owned recording studio in the UK. Star Sound specialised in recording live performances in front of audiences to wax disc that were to be later broadcast on Radio Luxembourg. Star Sound were also the first studio in the UK to record a full-length radio programme to magnetic tape in 1949.
In the late 1960s, Star Sound became a rock and roll recording studio under the name Audio International and throughout the 1970s and 1980s recorded numerous hit records by artists including Pink Floyd, Tom Jones, Harry Nilsson, The Sweet and Suzi Quatro. When it was acquired by Air-Edel Associates in 1990, the studio also began to record and mix music synchronised to picture for commercials, television, and films such as ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’, ‘Peterloo’, ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’, ‘Mr Turner’, ‘Thor’, ‘My Week With Marilyn’, ‘Gosford Park’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
Well known for his efficiency and ability to juggle multiple jobs simultaneously, our friendly Northerner Tom* has been running the studio like the well-oiled machine it is since 2011, after a years in the thick of it as an Assistant Engineer.
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Recording and Mix Engineer
Nick Taylor has been working in various UK and London studios for 19 years, residing at Air-Edel since 2004. Arriving in London in 1998, he worked part time as a composer for TV adverts and shorts and during this time he was offered work assisting at a small studio in London Bridge. He then went on to work at Wessex studios in Highbury, and then as a freelancer at the Strongroom and the Roundhouse. His client list is varied, reflecting work within film score, video games, jazz, rock and pop. Nick is highly experienced in working with all kind of line ups, from full orchestra to jazz trios and everything in between.
Nick has worked with world-renowned composers Patrick Doyle and Dario Marianelli among others. Nick recorded and mixed the Oscar-nominated score for Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr Turner’ and recent feature ‘Peterloo’, Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ with Patrick Doyle, and the Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Virunga’ with Patrick Jonsson. In 2016, Nick recorded and mixed the Ricky Gervais hit comedy film ‘David Brent: Life On the Road’ with musician and songwriter Andy Burrows –they collaborated again on 2019 Netflix series ‘After Life’.
Other recent highlights of Nick’s credits as a record and mix engineer include the Stanley Tucci directed ‘Final Portrait’ scored by Evan Laurie, Haifaa Al-Mansour’s ‘Mary Shelley’ by Amelia Warner, Mike Newell’s ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ by Alexandra Harwood, and Richard Loncraine’s ‘Finding Your Feet’ by Michael J McEvoy. In the last few months, Nick recorded, mixed, and mastered Kenneth Branagh’s ‘All Is True’, scored by Patrick Doyle and Yeong Wook Jo’s BAFTA-nominated score for BBC One series ‘The Little Drummer Girl’.
On the Rock and Pop front Nick has worked with many artists including Graham Coxon, The Script, and Emeli Sandé, for whom he recorded much of the number 1 album ‘Our Version of Events’. He regularly works closely with various arrangers, including Rosie Danvers (Wired Strings) with whom he has recorded string arrangements for many contemporary artists including Kanye West, Mark Ronson, Adele, Madonna, Raleigh Ritchie, Paloma Faith, Leona Lewis, Birdy, Pink, Fun, Tinie Tempah, Dave, Sam Fender, Madness, Stormzy, Michael Kiwanuka, Sigma, 5 Seconds of Summer, Bastille, Tom Grennan, and Professor Green, among many others.
Nick also recorded the drummers Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Roger Taylor (Queen) at the legendary ‘Headley Grange’ on a project for the sample library company Spitfire Audio.
As well as Air-Edel, Nick works regularly in all the main London recording studios including Air Lyndhurst, Abbey Road, Rak, and British Grove.
Marketing and Sales
Born in Buckinghamshire and graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Alice joined Air-Edel in 2016.
During her time studying, she involved herself with Conservatoire and London-Based PR campaigns, freelance agent work and events management, as well as founding a Saxophone Quartet, Adventus, with fellow members of her year.
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