David Booth – The Recording Booth

We continue our series highlighting people working in music and entertainment industry by chatting to David Booth owner of The Recording Booth in Suffolk

Tony: Tell me a bit about your business, The Recording Booth: 

David: I’m a self-employed music producer, multi-instrumentalist (mostly drums & guitars though) and songwriter, based in the lovely patch of rural Suffolk between Framlingham & Debenham. I earn most of my living producing other artists in my own purpose-built studio, and occasionally do some of my own material.

Tony: Are your clients all local or do they come from further afield? 

David: Most of the people I work with are from somewhere in East Anglia, but sometimes I work with people from further away… New Orleans and Örebro in Sweden being two recent examples!

Tony: What was a typical pre-covid week like in the Recording Booth? 

David: Work in the studio recording someone for a day or two, perhaps adding my instrumental input alongside that, then do some mixing & extra production work, usually on my own for the rest of the week. Perhaps an evening writing session with another artist too.

Tony: How have things changed? 

David: Well I couldn’t have anyone visiting the studio for three months! I did have some mixing work to be getting on with, and then started doing some remote writing & production work for various people, so it’s been different, but I’ve been fortunate to have work coming in, unlike my friends & colleagues who rely on live work. Since re-opening my studio in mid July I’ve been able to safely work with one other person in there, albeit at arms length!

Tony: What’s been your biggest challenge?

David: Like everyone else, I’ve had to get used to using video conferencing more, which doesn’t come naturally to me, but it works now! I’ve got two kids too, so managing work, home-schooling and supporting my wife while she’s continued to work from home has been a constant juggling act.

Tony: You have moved your studio, why was that? 

David: My studio was built in a converted out-building at home, but we’re just about to move house. I’ll be building a nice new studio at the next house, but it’ll take time, so I’ve set up a cosy but fully-functioning temporary studio in a local business centre to keep me going for the next couple of months.

Tony: So, you are still open for business, yes? 

David: Oh yes! As well as my temporary studio, I have access to a larger, more atmospheric space at Winston Village Hall where I can work with more people and capture the amazing acoustic there.

Tony: Have you experienced any positives through all of this? 

David: More time in the fresh air and on the bikes with the family has been lovely. With my business, I’ve been forced to explore the potential for remote working with artists anywhere with an internet connection, and thankfully it’s gone really well.

Tony: Do you expect to see, or have you seen already, an increase in artists wanting to record material written during lockdown? 

David: Already happening, yes.

Tony: As well as being a recording technician, you are also a musician. Have you been inspired to write with all this time we allegedly have on our hands? 

David: I have been writing a little bit, and in fact I’m putting out a new, very personal track on the 2nd October, a year since we lost our close friend Mat Bayfield to a brain tumour. I also have another song in production written with Tomas Dahlberg from Örebro. And I’ve done quite a bit of writing with Kelly Bayfield for her forthcoming album. But spare time? I wish!