UK: South London studio complex Sphere has added its support to the Discovery Unsigned Showcase initiative. Launched four years ago to introduce "quality singer-songwriter talent" to the music industry, Discovery has helped acts including The Guillemots and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly to secure a higher profile, writes David Davies.
Sphere's support of Discovery follows that for a number of other talent-finding initiatives, including several by British commercial radio network Xfm.
"You've got to be free-thinking to survive in the commercial recording industry nowadays, and you've got to be proactive," Sphere's Simon Bohannon tells PSN-e. "And let's face it, it's still so exciting when you realise that you're recording an unsigned artist that really has some talent!"
In other Sphere-related news, the studio has recently made a number of new equipment purchases, including two Bricasti M7 reverb units, various Telefunken mics (U47M, ELA M 251, ELA M 270 and ELA M 260) and a 1965 Ludwig Champagne Sparkle drum kit.
Meanwhile, an eclectic recent client list includes Guy Farley (5.1 film mixes for The Flock and Knife Edge), Sergei Voronov (album recording), Nigel Wright (live band recording, overdubs, fillers), Scott Gorham and Glyn Johns (mixing classic Thin Lizzy live material) and - unexpectedly? - Tara Palmer Tompkinson (album recording/mixing).