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My career started in 2001 at the studios of Xplosive Records in East London. Xplosive Records were the founders of the likes of The Blazin' Squad and TKO Squadron. A genre that was far from my roots as a rock and blues guitarist/bass player though as I proved proficient in recording and comping vocals, mixing and programming I quickly became the principal engineer. Over 2 years I built up a core group of clients from all genres and even ended up co-writing and producing solo tracks for the likes of 5ives's Ritchie Neville.


By 2003 I had gone freelance and worked with producer Leigh Guest (Kool and The Gang, Jimmy Cliff, Blue, Bananarama, Lisa Scott-Lee). I also had the pleasure of running a few sessions at the iconic Britannia Row Studios, my clients included Mel Blatt, VO's for a Peter Kay audio book, and a couple of pet projects of mine. I gained further experience recording bands, vocals and voiceover sessions as I started working at recording and rehearsal facility Bush Studios, Shepherds Bush.


I soon became a regular engineer at Bush Studios, a studio that started off as a modest facility catering for local bands and artists but achieved good results when needed for the nearby Universal Music Group and the BBC. In 2008 I became the caretaker manager and in 2009 I took over the facility as the owner/manager and head engineer. I significantly upgraded the spec to include a Pro Tools HD system (upgraded to HDX in 2015), a 32 channel DDA console, a nice selection of mics and mic pres and better monitoring. The new spec attracted more professional work and my clients included Sony Music, Universal Music, and Communion Records. I engineered for bands including Bond Street, Planes, Kings of the City, Marner Brown (K Band), Another HER, Rye Son, L.F.M (Loose Fruit Museum), Catfish and The Bottlemen, vocal artists NERVO, The Office Girls, and Voiceover clients Aisling Bea (Endemol/CH4), Alex Riley (BBC's One Show), Leigh Francis (ITV's Through The Keyhole), Nigel Planner, Golden Tours PLC and the late Rik Mayall. Also during this time I mixed the second album 'Platform' by Glenn Aitken, at the amazing State Of The Ark studios, Richmond.


The studio at Bush has now been taken over by Ciao Ketchup Records. These days I am primarily based at Rooster Studios W14, owned by renowned producer / engineer Nick Sykes (Go West, Cocteau Twins, Nick Heyward, The Average White Band). My sessions have included the live recording and mix for teen stars Sabrina Carpenter and Jasmine Thompson for Polydor/Atlantic Records and the recording and co-editing of stage and screen star Fenella Fielding's audio book 'Do you mind if I Smoke?' I have also recorded drums and guitars for Jonny Weathers featuring Paul Cook, and full band tracking and mix of Singer/Song Writer Tony Bowen's latest album.


With a growing list of clients I continue to engineer, mix and master material to accommodate the ever expanding demands of the industry.

Ben Woollacott Drum Set-up at Rooster
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