September 21st, 2014

And We Give Thanks.


As we hand over the keys to Applewood’s new owners, we are closing the door on what has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Not too many music Producers would knock back the chance to record a band in a church. I was lucky enough to do this for eight years AND have my family along for the ride. For better or for worse, is how it goes, right?

Thank you to all the bands that trusted me with the great honour of capturing their recordings at Applewood.  I hope we made the experience a memorable one, as it was a truly special space.



Thank you to Applewood for being such a great sounding room. You will be missed. There is no plugin like you. I will also miss you too, Drumbrella. Look after it Darek, it’s a wonderful toy.



Thank you to my children for being resilient enough to let strangers into their home and make lots of noise in their living room. To let them bounce on your trampoline, swim in your pool and play in your sand pit, when the mood arose.


And most of all thank you to my wife for supporting me, encouraging me, and running the studio side of things for the last 18 months. Thank you for your passion for song writing and creating the ‘Songs of Applewood’ retreats. You too let strangers…, and friends, into your home, to play your piano, instruments and use your dishwasher. I only wish we got to spend more time recording together.






In the last few weeks, we have been busy packing up the studio preparing for the next stage of music making. I will soon be bunkered down in Yanto’s mixing room catching up on some work.



My next plan is to set up a new mixing room, concentrating my time on mixing and my Phd, researching the recording studio in the modern era.

I will also still be making records. It’s what I do!


August 24th, 2014

August News

Thought I’d share a few clips that I mixed.

Bandito Folk – Just Because You Don’t Know My Name

The Ninjas – Never Had Much Time

Current tracks I’ve mixed on the Triple J Hit List
Moses Gun Collective – Sha La La
Velociraptor – Ramona
Velociraptor – Sneakers

July 18th, 2014

Amplify Competition Winner

Once again, I had the pleasure of selecting the winner in this year’s City Sounds Amplify Competition.   You might remember, last year’s winners were Little Odessa and I recorded their song “All Night”

Babaganouj narrowly beat out the competition.  I look forward to spending some time with them in the studio.

March 13th, 2014

Saskwatch release video!

Saskwatch have released the clip for their latest single, Born To Break Your Heart.
Produced, engineered and mixed by Magoo! check it!


March 6th, 2014

Magoo news!

Well, welcome to 2014! Big year so far, lots of change – things are going great. Magoo is currently working with locals, Canyonero, on their next EP. This band is doing great things at the moment and will be a band to watch out for this year. Check them out here. In the last few weeks, Magoo has worked with Velociraptor on their new single, Little Odessa on a couple of new songs and local up and comers Morning Harvey. Coming up he has mixing for Little Casino, Chase City from Tasmania and a little bit more work with The Ninjas! Things are looking good! Saskwatch – Born To Break Your Heart Last year, Magoo worked on the second album for Melbourne band, Saskwatch. They have just released the first single from the album, Born To Break Your Heart. We love it! You can listen to the song here: Countdown to Songs Of Applewood Applewood Lane Studios are this year again running Songs Of Applewood! And of course, Magoo will be on hand to record the work that comes out of it. The songwriting retreat kicks off next Monday, March 10 and runs through to Thursday, March 14, 2014. The successful artists partaking in four days of songwriting, recording, collaboration and cultural exchange are: Catherine Satour (Alice Springs), Andrew Walker (Darwin), Luke Thomas (Townsville), Dukebox (Inverell) and Nicolas Wymarra (Cairns). Teamed with mentors,  Fred Leone (MC Rival), Lydia Fairhall, Luke Peacock, Sah Ghee and Tjupurru, the songwriting teams will have the opportunity to record and work with with Magoo and Sean Cook (Velociraptor, Big Scary, Belltalk, the Stillsons, Go Violets). The retreat is a combined iniative of Project Manger Deb Suckling, APRA/AMCOSQ Music and Applewood Lane and is the fourth songwriting retreat which has taken place at Applewood Lane.  Successful retreats have occurred previously in 2007, 2008, and 2012 and have included many talented Brisbane and Queensland songwriters. Stay tuned via Applewood Lane’s facebook page for updates during the retreat and of course Magoo’s.