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Snapshot – Freelance Sound Engineer, Aston Fearon

What kind of work do you do with artists and bands?

I do a lot of live sound engineering at the moment. I also have links with local recording studios to work out of, all across the Midlands – including a few in Nottingham. This week I’m mixing a song in my home studio space. I also have a couple of projects that I may be recording and producing in the near future and I have one of my own releases that I’m trying to organise.

When and how did you get into this line of work?

I started off attending a Saturday school when I was 13 or so and got involved with the live sound and computer music classes. I then started producing music at home a couple of years after that and realised that this was the field that I wanted to work in. I went to Clarendon College and did a course in Music Technology – as well as getting involved at CRS Studios with Trevor Rose and Nick Stez at the same time. I started helping out with the live sound at a church that I was a part of, and also picked up some freelance work around this time. I went freelance full time in 2010.

Aston Fearon

What’s the best thing about your job?

I love working with creative artists and musicians – especially when I can tell that they have a story worth sharing. My role is part way between creative and technical. I enjoy being able to use technology to help create something of beauty.

What do you see as the best things about the world of music in Nottinghamshire?

There’s lots of good music being created by Notts musicians and a very healthy live scene. It’s easy to take for granted the amount of venues and studios that we have here. Organisations like Nusic are doing a great job helping independent artists. Not everyone has such easy access to things like these in other places. I’m glad Notts Music Network exists as well to offer something valuable to the scene.

Aston Fearon

Can you give any advice or pointers for anyone considering getting into the same business as you?

I’ve found it has been really valuable to get real world experience as early as possible. It’s also important to always be learning – even if that isn’t through a formal course or degree. Get along with people and aim to do your work well.

Aston Fearon

Can you tell people about the free resource you’ve created for artists and bands?

I’ve recently created a short guide for bands and artists to best prepare for their recording studio sessions – and get the best results out of their time and money. It’s available for FREE by signing up to my newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/doW2zL

How can musicians follow you, or contact you?

People can follow me at the social media links below, or find my details at the contact page on my website.

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