Over the past three months, with a lot of uncertainty and a wave of cancellations, we often found it difficult to fill our unusually abundant downtime with meaningful projects. There’s only so many times you can binge-watch Tiger King, alone in your flat, eating Häagen-Dazs straight from the tub before you start to go a little stir crazy. So, in a desperate attempt to curb the boredom, we decided to start a blog. Is it a blog about music? Is it a blog about gear? Is it a blog about plugins? Recording techniques? YouTube videos we like? The answer is “Yes!” It’s all of these things. It’s a blog about the things we do and the things we love. It’s a blog about our little slice of life in the world’s southernmost capital city. We’ll try to keep it varied and concise, try to post regularly (or, at the very least, semi-regularly), and try to make sure you either discover something, learn something, or are inspired to do something with every post.
So who are we? Well, usually we’re a team of three – two sound engineers and an office manager – but our last office manager left in mid-March and the lock down put a stop to our efforts to find a new one. So for now we are two: owner/operator/sound engineer Phill and sound engineer Simon.
When he’s not at Matrix, Simon spends his time mixing live shows, perusing listings for microphones & guitar pedals, and playing guitar in his band Sheeps. He’s mixed somewhere in the region of 1000 live shows including hundreds of club shows, festival sets, and even entire festivals! He’s mixed front of house for some pretty big names: Jay Rock, Snakehips, Ruel, Benee, Bootleg Rascal, & Camp Cope, to name a few. If you’ve ever been to see Wellington based reggae/dub/soul septet Dr. Reknaw then you’ve probably heard his insane skills with live dub mixing.
Phill, on the other hand, doesn’t have a life outside of Matrix. If there’s nothing booked in, he’ll be busy with studio maintenance. When he’s not here, it’s because he’s left to get either sleep or sustenance. One night, when quizzed by Simon about why he was still pottering about in the video suite around midnight, Phill responded simply with, “I like it here.” Fair enough.
So that’s us. We’ll let you know when we find a new office manager. In fact, if you know anyone with accounting and office management experience, tell them to look us up! Thanks for reading and we’ll see you for the next post.
Simon & Phill
Header Image: Simon & Phill in the Control Room at Matrix Digital.