Eat Work Art SPOTLIGHT: Ben Greatrex
Ben Greatrex is a music producer, mixing and mastering engineer based in Plymouth, UK.
One of the first residents to join the Light Studios community, Eat Work Art decided to catch up with Ben to hear more about his work and time at Light Studios so far...
First of all, can you tell us a bit about what you do?
I'm a music producer and audio engineer. I work with up-and-coming artists to help them capture the sound they want for their music and bring it to life. I'll help with songwriting and preproduction, record and sculpt their sound in the studio (or in a live setting) and mix and master so it's ready to upload online.
What's your favourite aspect of your job?
My favourite part of the job is looking back at how far an idea has come, the whole journey from listening to a rough idea in a voice note on a phone, all the way through to hearing the fully fledged song on streaming services at the end is so exciting! It's amazing to hear people's ideas come to life.
How are you finding Light Studios?
Working at Light Studios is honestly a dream come true for me.
It's such an amazing community, having other creatives around is such an inspiration and being able to collaborate and discuss things with them drives me to do more with my own work. It's amazing!
Any stand-out projects that you've worked on?
My favourite project so far has been InPhase Sessions, an online live music session series I started with some friends from university a few years ago.
We used this platform to showcase artists in our local area. I'm hoping to start a similar project in Plymouth and help give new artists a platform to get their music and the energy of their performance out there to the world.
Any recommendations for things to Eat, See and Hear in the local area?
For food, I'd recommend the Lord High Admiral in Stonehouse, it's a cozy pub with some seriously amazing food (with great veggie + vegan options), great selection of craft beers and wines and regular live music!
For sights, definitely hop on the Cremyll ferry over to Mt Edgecumbe. In a short walk you can get some incredible views overlooking the Plymouth Sound and it's always so peaceful and lovely.
For something to hear, I really rate going to the Junction in Mutley, they're a small venue and they curate some great bands and live music.