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From Moulin Rouge to Kick-Ass via the Spice Girls and Sugababes, Andy Bradfield is just as comfortable producing film soundtracks as he is pop records, such as his latest for TV-star-turned-powerhouse-vocalist Sheridan Smith…

With a career that began in earnest at the renowned Olympic studios, Andy Bradfield has turned his hand to high-profile film and pop music with seemingly effortless dexterity; from the toweringly successful Moulin Rouge soundtrack to his latest project, working with TV’s Sheridan Smith on her debut record, Bradfield has seen the music production world evolve over the last few decades. We find out more…

MusicTech How did you first become interested in music and how did that lead to a career in the industry?

Andy Bradfield “I started by learning keyboards when I was at school, but I think I always had a bit of a fascination for sound, which led me to recording. My mum and dad saw this and bought me a cassette recorder when I was about 10 – and I was hooked from then on. When I was 14, I went on a recording course at a studio in Essex called Diploma Studios. It was a local studio, but the course was very well thought out and covered all aspects of recording. I did a second course and work experience at the studio, and eventually wrote many letters to studios applying for jobs, but got only a handful of replies. But I did get an interview at Red Bus studios – I worked there for five months when the Townhouse wrote to me that they were conducting interviews for Olympic, I then got offered a job at the revamped studio.”

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Making music is an expensive pursuit. From monitors to microphones, DAWs and plug-ins: before you know it, just getting your creative space in order has made a serious dent in your bank account. But it really doesn’t have to be this way. In Andy Jones’ in-depth cover feature this month, he dives head-first into this ocean of free software, highlighting the best of the best and detailing how to use it effectively to build a track – for free! Elsewhere this issue, we’ve got the first in a new A-Z series, detailing some of the oft-used, key terms that you’ll likely hear and need to understand in the music-making world. Alongside all this, we’ve got our usual range of reviews, tutorials, tips and a complete guide to the vast high-tech world of controllers. We’ve also, very excitingly, teamed up with the best studio in the world with this issue’s free Abbey Road calendar. We hope you enjoy the issue.