The Urchin Studios Podcast

The Urchin Studios Podcast

An occasional brought to you by the team at Urchin Studios in Hackney Wick, London, UK. Join Matt, Dan and Lucy for interesting conversations around all things recording and music production. Whether you’re an enthusiast or a professional in the industry, this podcast is full of insight, tips and tricks and of course plenty of good studio anecdotes. Head to to learn more about us or Find us on Instagram, Twitter and now Tik Tok! @urchinstudios Matt @matturchin Dan @danurchin Lucy @lyctn


April 17, 2024 25 mins

Matt and Dan discuss attention grabbing music, Coachella and perform excerpts from the Lord of Rings soundtrack (apologies in advance)

Artists mentioned:

Grimes CeeLo Green Lump Blur Oasis Laura Marling Nigel Olsen (Elton John’s Drummer) Lizzy McAlpine Brian Eno Hanz Zimmer Ludwig Göransson

Producer/engineers mentioned:

Bob Clearmountain Stock Aitken Waterman

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Matt and Dan discuss the language of audio engineering, Software instrument strings and the power of bad ideas

Artists mentioned:

Nine Inch Nails Atticus Ross Yehudi Menuhin Soundgarden Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds “Wild God”

Mixers mentioned:

David Fridmann Bob Clearmountain Spike Stent Ben Baptie David Wrench

Plugins mentioned:

Spitfire BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover Felt Instruments Blisko Timeless Textural Strings U...

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March 14, 2024 31 mins

This week Matt and Dan discuss the parallels between audio, writing and painting, as well as listening from the audience’s perspective and how we as engineers interact with a mix (see, we can do sensible descriptions sometimes!). Also everyone turns up early for their sessions.

Hardware mentioned:

Moog Sub37 Steven Slate Raven series Digidesign Command 8 SSL Nucleus 2 Avid Control (iPad app)


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March 8, 2024 31 mins

This week Dan and Matt discuss what Glyn Johns said on Instagram, What James Blake said on the social media site formally known as twitter, and a synthetic Taylor Swift

Glynn Johns clip

James Blake Tweets

Artists mentioned:

Caroline Polachek The 1975 Big Thief James Blake ...

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February 28, 2024 33 mins

This week Matt and Dan dig in deep on microphone polar patterns (NERD ALERT) , how many people make a choir and when is Matt going to drop. £15k on a vintage Neumann U67?

Microphones mentioned:

Neumann U47, U67, U87, TL103 Electrovoice RE20 Shure SM7b, ksm141 Audio Technica AT4033a AKG C414 Aston Spirit

Artists Mentioned:

Radiohead - In Rainbows From the Basement ( Tom Odell L...

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February 20, 2024 34 mins

This week Dan and Matt chat pitch correction, Quincy’s mic collection and John Deacon’s erection

Matt’s drum Sample Pack “Drums for Songs” is out now and available exclusively from his website here:

Songs mentioned:

We Are The World - U.S.A For Africa Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen, Live At Wembley 86 Laura Marling - I Feel Your Love Joy Division - She’s Lost Contr...

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February 14, 2024 33 mins

This week Matt and Dan chat ASMR, LCR and Mayonnaise 


Artist mentioned:

Lianne La Havas

Haim - Forever

Korn - Follow The Leader

The Beatles - Taxman

Flyte - Amy

Jordan MacKampa

Rie Fu - Places

Plugins mentioned:

Avid Pro Subharmonic, Waves MaxxBass, PSP Mixbass 2, UA Little Labs Voice of God, Brainworx bx_subsynth


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February 6, 2024 32 mins

This week Matt and Dan chat getting a great vocal performance, 'The Grid' (as in, not chopping everything onto it) and the perils of hype

Artists mentioned:

Viva Brother

NME Magazine 8th January 2011 -

The Fast Show “indie club” -

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yussef Dayes

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January 30, 2024 32 mins

One sample pack to rule them all

This Week Matt and Dan discuss making your own drum sample pack, focussing your ideas and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Recording/Mix engineers mentioned:

Tchad Blake, Leslie Brathwaite, Amanda Merdzan, Alan Moulder, Michael Brauer, Spike Stent, Tom Elmhirst


Plugins mentioned:

Avid Black Op Distortion

Adptr Audio - Metric A/B

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January 24, 2024 33 mins

Matt and Dan talk dirty drum recording techniques, icky production sounds and what the hell does “stems” mean these days?

Moses Schneider about "the Wurst" - the alternative workbook

Tracks mentioned:

Tom Waits - Bone Machine (album) Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for The Deaf (album) Paul Simon - Graceland Peter Gabriel - So

Plugins mentioned:

Avid Black Op Distortion UAD Raw ...

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January 16, 2024 37 mins

Matt and Dan chat compression (how much is too much?), taking creative decisions with confidence and Dr Who


Artists/Music mentioned:

Doctor Who Themes (1963-2023)

Suzie Stapleton - We Are The Plague (album) Radiohead - The National Anthem The Beatles - Back in the USSR, Dear Prudence Herbie Hancock - Chapeleon Tom waits - Bone Machine The Deep Blue


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In this first episode of 2024 Matt and Dan chat Dolby Atmos, silly effects on piano and the power of amazing harmonies


Plugins Mentioned: Rode NT-SF1 Ambisonics Microphone + 'SoundField by RØDE'  Ambisonic Audio Processor Avid roto speaker UAD Sound City Studios UAD Ocean Way Studios


Artists Mentioned:

Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler The Deep Blue Lianne La Havas

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December 20, 2023 37 mins

In the final show of 2023 Matt and Dan reflect on a fantastic year of music making, as well as the pros and cons of software instruments, the benefits of mastering and Brian May's guitar tone.

(Jez Ashurst is the producer that Dan is talking about at the start, although he erroneously refers to him as "Jez Hurst")

Tracks mentioned: Sparky Bosque Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Queen - Brighton Rock Josie Man,Jason Kwan, iamkyami, Tascha...

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December 5, 2023 30 mins

In this week's episode Matt and Dan cover the reinterpretation of lyrics, popular microphones and how being a 'music professional' can change your relationship with music.

Tracks Mentioned: Laurie Anderson - O Superman Sting - Every Breath You Take Jordan Mackampa - Teardrops in a Hurricane Wham! - Last Christmas Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning

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November 28, 2023 28 mins

This week Matt and Dan chat Loudness, the secrets of the DFA button and Matt hits us with his trademark beatboxing skills


Plugins mentioned: Waves (in general) Wavesfactory - SnareBuzz Valhalla - Room, Supermassive Soundtoys - Superplate, Devil-loc Safari Pedals - Rhino Reverb

Tracks mentioned: Jay Z - 99 problems  Fall Out Boy - Thnks fr th Mmrs Metallica - Death Magnetic, Broken Beaten and Scarred, Blackened Michael ...

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November 21, 2023 31 mins

This week Matt and Dan discuss taking risks in the studio, making use of reference tracks and Phil Collins


Tracks mentioned:

Elbow - One Day Like This Queen - Don't Stop Me Now

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November 14, 2023 32 mins

Against all odds Matt and Dan return for a second week in a row to chew the fat on their approaches to mixing, online production tips and Bob Marley

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November 7, 2023 29 mins

Matt and Dan attempt a brand new format - weekly episodes instead of once every 6 months. Will this innovative approach last? Or will it fall on its face before Christmas? Find out in today's episode!


Contact the podcast at or visit to find out more about our London recording studios

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March 22, 2023 69 mins

Matt, Dan and Lucy continue their conversation around the history of Urchin Studios including the times they made a 'wrong record', dealt with a flood in the studio and helped soundtrack a John Lewis advert

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February 27, 2023 69 mins

Welcome back to a new series of podcasts from the team at Urchin Studios at their new HQ in Hackney Wick, East London, UK


In this episode co-founders Matt and Dan are joined by producer and recording artist Lucy Tun to discuss how Urchin began back in the Spring of 2007

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