I do music and performance and stuff

Hello. I am Steve Pretty. This is my website, on which I attempt to explain my confusing 'career' to you. I do mostly performance,  music composition, arranging and production, and sometimes photography and writing.

If you're confused, think how I feel.

Music Production and Mixing

I have produced two critically-acclaimed Hackney Colliery Band albums (Common Decency in 2013 and Sharpener in 2016), and mixed and produced Carnatic Connections for the Bollywood Brass Band in 2016, as well as assorted other projects over the years.

I work from my home studio in Hackney, London (Pretty Good Studio - GEDDIT?), where I have an excellent selection of mics (Coles, Avantone, Oktava, SE etc), a Neve channel strip, Universal Audio interface/preamp, Genelec monitors, a nice upright piano, basic acoustic guitar, tabla, various bits of hand percussion and fun stuff, a Teenage Engineering OP-1, a Moog Slim Phatty, Eventide outboard, some fun pedals, a Native Instruments Maschine, UAD, Waves, Eventide, FabFilter, Soundtoys and Native Instruments plugins and various other odds and sods. And, of course, loads of trumpets and associated bits...

Much of the solo work on Sharpener was recorded here, and all of the violin and percussion (and some solo trumpet) on BBB's Carnatic Connections, as well as all of the music for my kid's theatre show Annabelle's Skirtingboard Adventure and various radio and podcast bits and pieces. Much of my solo session work is done from this home studio, which keeps time and costs down for all involved.

I am most experienced in producing horns and solo instruments/vocals, of course, but I can and have tracked anything up to a small band here, with some pretty nice results I think.

Depending on my tour schedule, I can often turn around projects very quickly, and for a reasonable fee, so do get in touch if you'd like to record here, or if you'd like me to mix a project for you. As an extremely experienced musician myself, I am fast and efficient at tracking, and can obviously follow scores or work without depending on the situation and performers. I make a mean coffee, and for longer projects also provide lunch/dinner as appropriate.

If you'd like solo or section horns on your project, do get in touch as I can provide the full package of arrangement, recording and mixing from right here, with a section as large or small as you like.

Below are some examples of the work I've produced in my studio.

Carnatic Connections was recorded at Pretty Good and Snorkel Studios, and mixed at Pretty Good:

The electronics/drum machine and production for Sharpener was all done at Pretty Good, as was some of the horn tracking.

For examples of my electronic work, check out Jump Then Run, Reawake and Bread and Circuses, and for examples of trumpet tracked here, listen to solos on Heart-Shaped Box, Reawake and Timelapse:

This is the EP I wrote, mixed and produced for my kid's show Annabelle's Skirtingboard Adventure, all recorded and mixed from my home studio using a mixture of live and sample instruments: