Sean Hatton BSc (Hons) Sound Engineer
Sean is our senior engineer and has been with us since our very early days. He is mainly responsible for the technical aspects of the studio, having developed and built some of our high end, custom made electronics.
Sean has been working within the industry for a number of years, with many records that he has produced having numerous radio plays on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Solent and other independent radio stations. One of his regular artists, Roo Panes, has received over 35 million plays on Spotify. Sean has also worked on several prime time television programs for the likes of ITV and Channel 4.
As a musician and songwriter himself, Sean always puts the music first with a wealth of production skills and experience to back this up. He has played at several iconic venues; Ronnie Scotts, Cadogan Hall, The Roundhouse, The Troubadour, and Kensington Palace Gardens, as well as a headline show on main stage at Das Fest in Germany. He connects very well with people and very quickly understands what they are trying to achieve. Sean has the skills and experience to achieve the desired result.
As well as his work in studios, Sean also has impressive experience working in the live sound industry, having worked recently in venues such as Alexandra Palace, The Royal Albert Hall and Glastonbury Festival.
Sean also offers online mixing and mastering as well as a one to one recording and mixing tuition service, either in house or at your home studio.
Roland Palmer, MA (Music Production), BMus.
Roland Palmer is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and recording engineer. He was introduced to music at the age of three when he began studying the cello, and subsequently took up the trumpet, guitar and singing, reaching grade 8 on each. Roland studied music at The University of Manchester, where he specialised in performance and composition, and then completed a masters' degree in Music Production at Leeds Beckett University.
Roland has studied the cello with members of The Hallé and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and was principal cello of the Manchester University Music Society Symphony Orchestra and the Leeds University Union Symphony Orchestra, performing a concerto with the latter ensemble. As a multi-instrumentalist, Roland has worked with numerous bands across the country both on tour and in the studio, most notably for The Travelling Band, Ren Harvieu and Chloe Foy, and continues to produce and play guitar for his own project Lesbian Plebian. He has supported acts such as The Magic Numbers, OPM, The Vamps, The Feeling, Turin Brakes, and Electric Six, and has played at festivals such as 2000 Trees and the Purbeck Folk Festival. He has worked as a pit musician also, most recently playing for the Encore Youth Theatre's production of Oklahoma! in Winchester. Roland has also appeared on television, playing cello on Michael McIntyre's Big Show in 2016.
Roland has done arrangements for Simon Lole Productions in London and carol services at Wells Cathedral, and also teaches cello and guitar both privately and in local schools.
As an engineer, Roland has worked with many local acts, and has assisted Emmy-winning composer Jennie Muskett (Spooks, The Prince and Me, Miss Austen Regrets) and Olga FitzRoy (Coldplay, Seasick Steve, MPG Recording Engineer of the Year 2016).
At Basement Studio, Roland's strengths lie in making intricate, inventive and (most importantly) musically appropriate production and arrangement decisions. His musical taste is diverse (from metal to jazz to classical) and so he has the ability to find and bring out the nuance in any musical composition. He applies this same thinking to his work as a mix engineer, focusing on what makes the track different and then amplifying it.
Roland also enjoys playing hockey, going on long coastal walks with his dog, and karaoke.