F luid Mastering was formed in late 2006 by Tim Debney & Nick Watson, both formerly Mastering Engineers at London’s renowned Townhouse Studios.
Tim & Nick have over 45 years experience between them, mastering music in every style from traditional Rock, Jazz and Folk through to more contemporary electronic Dance, R&B and Pop.
Having each enjoyed five years working in the prestigious environment of the Townhouse, they decided in 2006 that it was time to strike out on their own.
Fluid Mastering combines major-studio experience and superior technical facilities, with a streamlined cost-effective business approach. This gives us the ability to be more flexible and adaptable to the needs of our clients, as well as keeping their costs down where necessary.
“We aim to provide our industry clients with the reliability and professionalism they are used to, whilst at the same time offering a personal and accessible service to independent artists and seasoned professionals alike.”
Whether you’re a new band or songwriter preparing to post your demos online
for the first time or an established artist / producer looking for a dependable UK mastering solution, Fluid Mastering are here to help.
The services on offer include both attended and unattended (online) mastering, vinyl cutting, re-mastering, editing and restoration. For further details make a selection from our SERVICES menu.
Fluid Mastering’s studios are located in Hammersmith, close to the A4 and Ravenscourt Park tube station. Our customers have access to off-street parking, and numerous great pubs just around the corner.
A gorgeous room full of lots of lovely equipment isn’t going to cut the mustard unless it’s in the hands of an experienced creative engineer who understands your music and how to get the results you’re looking for.
Read on to meet the guys….
Tim began his interest in sound engineering when messing about with samplers, synthesisers, recording and mixing as a teenager, which has led to his releasing many tracks for various labels (such as Acid Jazz) to this day. Soon after finishing University in 1994 Tim started training as a sound engineer at the legendary rehearsal and recording complex Nomis Studios. Here Tim engineered for many of the top selling acts of the 1990’s and also many classic bands from previous decades in all musical genres from Rock, Pop, R&B, Soul and Dance to Classical and Jazz. This, Tim believes, gave a good base for understanding how differing genres of music should be mixed and balanced and would prove invaluable to his future mastering career.
Tim’s mastering career began only a few years later in 1997, when his sound engineering skills and expertise in the field of computers and music technology resulted in his being asked to run Nomis’ new mastering facility, Sonix. It was not long before Tim was mastering albums and singles for the likes of The Orb, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, James Taylor Quartet and Lauryn Hill to name a few.
It was also during this period that Tim acquired his skills in the fields of sound restoration and re-mastering, working on many albums on ASV’s Living Era label and Sanctuary Records’ vast back catalogue.
Having always had a love of vinyl, Tim seized the opportunity to train as a cutting engineer when he moved to the world famous Townhouse Studios in 2002, and before long was cutting records for some of the world’s most prominent artists. Tim believes that the discipline of vinyl cutting took his mastering skills to a whole new level, thanks to the demanding challenge of transferring music successfully onto this unforgiving and much-loved medium.
It was at the ‘Townhouse’ that Tim’s mastering career really took off and he was soon mastering for Major labels such as Mercury, EMI, Parlophone, Sony-BMG, Island Records, including recent albums and singles by artists such as Lily Allen, The Charlatans, Kasabian, The Fratellis, Keane, Orson and Sandi Thom.
The Vamps | The Strypes | Razorlight | Pixie Lott | Lily Allen | Noah And The Whale | Thom Yorke | Frankmusik | Mumford and Sons | Keane | Killing Joke | Alison Moyet| Blancmange | UB40 | Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry | Kimberley Walsh | Amy Macdonald | The Lumineers | Melody Gardot | Primal Rock Rebellion | Tippa Irie | Biffy Clyro | Eric Lau | Petula Clark | Kenny Thomas | Hiatus | Encore | L Marshall | Hayley Westenra | Bo Saris | Alfie Boe | Les Fleur De Lys | Anthony And The Johnsons | Sufjan Stevens | DaVinChe | Imelda May | The Treatment | Turbogeist | Honey Ryder | Glenn Hughes | Mika | McFly | Sugababes | Jarvis Cocker | Jerry Fish And The Mudbug Club | Marc Bolan | Elvis Presley | Arcade Fire | Bo Bruce | Dirty Pretty Things | Dot Rotten | Fixers | Jake Bugg | Iggy Azelea | Johnny Flynn | Maverick Sabre | Niki And The Dove | Noisettes | One Night Only | Rainy Milo | Seye | Dawes | Scott Stroman | Shena | Simple Minds | Sophie Ellis Bextor | The Decemberists | Dylan LeBlanc | Esben And The Witch | Vampire Weekend | The Libertines | Warpaint | Sally Oldfield | Caravan | The Damned | Motorhead | Iron Maiden | The Sport | Ash | The Enemy | The Young Knives | Desmond Dekker | Dennis Brown | Horace Andy | Jimmy Cliff | Victoria And Jacob | Gabrielle Aplin | Aqualise | Rachel Dadd | The Mariner’s Children | Children Of Bodom | Dru Blu | Krept And Konan | New Killer Shoes | Sneakbo | Eric Whitacre | The Specials | The Christians | The Fratellis
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N ick was surrounded by classical and jazz guitar music from an early age, thanks to his father Mike Watson’s activities as a session musician and renowned guitar teacher. However despite these positive influences, Nick chose the way of darkness and pursued a keen interest in rock and pop music which encompassed the roots of rock and soul in the sixties right through to the glamorous ’80s pop which dominated the charts in his school years.
In 1989 Nick graduated with a degree in Electroacoustics and began his studio career; kicking off with a couple of years dabbling with production and recording before landing a job at Sound Recording Technology (SRT) as a Mastering Engineer. For the next twelve years Nick was kept very busy, gaining a great deal of experience working with an extremely diverse range of musical styles. From indie rock and pop to classical, jazz and folk; artists producers and engineers would amaze Nick with their ability to turn out fantastic recordings on a very tight budget, or, perhaps more often, to f*** it up beyond belief… Nick describes his role at that time as running from quality control at one end of the spectrum, to outright salvage at the other!
In addition to working with new recordings Nick also earned an enviable reputation for his re-mastering and occasional remixing of catalogue material; producing acclaimed reissues by artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Deep Purple, and preparing repaired and enhanced masters for specialist reissue labels such as RPM, BGO, Snapper, Diamond, Sequel, Castle and Connoisseur.
After a number of years, and via a promotion to Chief Engineer, Nick was then approached for a job at the Townhouse where, as well as continuing his re-mastering activities, Nick’s clientele broadened to include labels such as Sony BMG, Parlophone and Island, working on recordings by Keane, Coldplay, Jamelia, Mika & Gary Numan among others. During this time, Nick also undertook mastering work in 5.1 and on the SACD format, and remastered seminal works by favourite bands The Kinks and The Small Faces, in the latter case garnering great praise from the remaining band members, who claimed their material had never sounded as good before.
With Fluid Mastering Nick’s excited about bringing together his experiences of major and smaller studio work. “A top mastering studio offers exceptional technical facilities,” says Nick; “…but too many great projects don’t get the benefit, whether it’s due to budget, or simply because clients find the major studios too impersonal to deal with. Our studio here at Fluid is the best equipped room I’ve worked in, and we aim to provide every client with a service tailored to their needs and budget.”
Bastille | Seal | Sundara Karma | British Sea Power | deux furieuses | Cortes | Dodgy | Kris Drever | Ian Shaw | Natalie Williams | Gregory Porter | Trevor Horn | Melanie C | Dappy | To Kill A King | Solomon Grey | Keston Cobblers Club | Jah Wobble | Fairport Convention | TEYR | Embrace | Ian Anderson | Tess Parks | Idina Menzel (Disney’s Frozen OST) | Susheela Raman | Fassine | Mineral | The Libertines | Alice Russell | Sam & The Womp | Bloom | Frank Turner | Inspiral Carpets | The Membranes | The London Lasses | Ben Cox Band | Chris Rand | Gabrielle Aplin | John McCullagh & The Escorts | The Lumineers | Rachel Zeffira | Matt Berry | Chris Grant | Warpaint | The Correspondents | Vuvuvultures | Gun Club Cemetery| Howler | One Minute Silence | Billy Bragg | Pulp | The Strokes | Noah And The Whale | John Martyn | Rumer | Gary Numan | Venom | Niki & The Dove | Pixie Lott | Sam Lee | Sam Carter | FM | Romeo’s Daughter | King Porter Stomp | Yazoo | Katie Melua | Thea Gilmore | Tina May | Lazy Habits | Jammer | L Marshall | Ny | DaVinChe | So Solid Crew | The Noisettes | One Night Only | Dot Rotten | Fixers | Lark | The Undertones | Super Furry Animals | The Fall | Baby Bird | Flook | Bert Jansch | Three Daft Monkeys | The Egg | The Raincoats | Elio Pace | Bongos Ikwue | Paul Young | The Blow Monkeys | Portion Control | Therapy? | Swervedriver | Hundred Reasons | Faith No More | Mikhail Paskalev | Seye | Melissa James | Zalon | Joe McElderry | Downton Abbey | World Service Project | Jamie Cullum | Courtney Pine | The Kinks | The Small Faces | Jethro Tull | Deep Purple | Petula Clark | Motörhead | The Sex Pistols | The Damned | Steve Winwood | The Nice | The Monkees | Marc Bolan | Roger Daltrey | Fleetwood Mac | Jon Lord | Peter Green & Splinter Group | John Mayall | Status Quo | Procul Harum | Iron Maiden | Bruce Dickinson | Parliament | Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five | Shalamar | The Whispers | The Chairmen of the Board | Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons | Minnie Riperton | Randy Crawford | Leo Sayer | Gregory Isaacs | Dennis Brown | Toots & The Maytals | John Holt | Bob Marley | Jimmy Cliff | Lee “Scratch” Perry | The Skatalites | The Pioneers | King Tubby
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In June 2014 we welcomed the newest member to the Fluid Mastering team. Oli began here as an intern while in his final year at BIMM London and soon made himself indispensable by helping us keep up with increased demand. After graduating the following summer Oli became our first full time Junior Mastering Engineer.
If you give us a call you may well find Oli on the other end of the phone, and when not mastering for his own clients he also assists occasionally on sessions with Nick or Tim. His other day-to-day activities include de-noising, editing, transferring, compiling, running production parts and occasional website edits.
Since joining the crew Oli has worked on a number of projects for a range of labels and artists, including Domino, Universal, Sony and the recent Seal album for Warner Bros. During this time he has gained invaluable skills and experience in the art and science of mastering and is already building on that foundation as he develops his own client base at the studio.
On his days off from Fluid Mastering, Oli enjoys building an active career as a recording and mix engineer. Much of this time is spent working closely with London based three-piece Bella Figura as producer/engineer and occasional stand-in on bass or drums.