Music mixers bring their chart-topping expertise to Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:01 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 13 February 2017

Two of the UK's leading music mastering engineers have moved their studios to Exmouth and are now working just two doors apart!  L-R Simon Davey and Mike Marsh were colleagues at The Exchange Studios in London.© KOR Communications. Pic by Guy Newman.

Two of the UK's leading music mastering engineers have moved their studios to Exmouth and are now working just two doors apart! L-R Simon Davey and Mike Marsh were colleagues at The Exchange Studios in London.© KOR Communications. Pic by Guy Newman.

© Guy Newman

Two top music professionals, whose clients include international stars, have set up shop in Exmouth.

Mastering engineers Mike Marsh, who runs Mike Marsh Mastering, and Simon Davey, who runs The Exchange Vinyl, were colleagues at The Exchange Mastering Studios in London for many years, and are now working just two doors apart from each other at Liverton Business Park.

Mike, whose client list includes Oasis, Calvin Harris and the Chemical Brothers, said: “It’s obviously important to me that my business is in a great location, but it’s equally important that it’s in the right place for my clients.

“My work involves mastering audio for CDs, DVDs, digital downloads and vinyl for a wide range of musicians, including international pop, hip-hop, R&B and rock artists, so good communications are obviously very important.

“The communications here are very good: some of my clients fly in from Italy, France, Germany or Spain, and we’re only 15 minutes from Exeter International Airport.

“And Exmouth is an ideal place for clients to stay, with plenty of choice of hotel accommodation and food outlets. Many have commented how waking up in the morning at their hotel, whilst looking out to sea, has such a relaxing influence and readies them for a busy day ahead!”

Simon, whose clients include Emeli Sande, Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris, said: “Mike really sold Liverton to me – everything he says about it is true.

“Many creative people are being squeezed out of London by a shortage of suitable premises at reasonable rents. But Exmouth is so well connected that in many ways I could be back in London – just without the disadvantages like the long commutes. The majority of my work arrives over the internet nowadays, so it really doesn’t matter if I am not in London!”

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