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 three critically-acclaimed Hackney Colliery Band albums (Common Decency in 2013, Sharpener in 2016 and LIVE! in 2017), and mixed and produced Carnatic Connections for the Bollywood Brass Band in 2016 (nominated for a Songlines World Music Award for Best Group Album in 2016), as well as many other projects over the years.

My speciality area is, inevitably, brass/woodwind-led jazz and world music projects, but I have also recorded a huge diversity of stuff, from punk bands to acoustic guitars, ethnic percussion to comedy.

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.

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:

I work from my home studio in Hackney, London (Pretty Good Studio - GEDDIT?), where I have an excellent selection of mics (Coles, Townsend Labs, Avantone, Oktava, SE etc), a Neve channel strip, Universal Audio interface/preamp, Pro Tools 12, Ableton Live 9, 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 musical toys. And, of course, loads of trumpets, flugel horns and associated bits...