The Church Studios, situated on London’s Crouch Hill, launched a female-identifying only initiative to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 9, 2019, joining forces with Spitfire Audio and Foundation FM to support rising engineers and producers. The day gave attendees the chance to experience a track progress through its recording, mixing, and mastering journey with a finished, mastered product at the end.
The event consisted of a series of workshops that facilitated the recording of Homay Schmitz’s newly composed contemporary string quartet piece by Fiona Cruickshank, mixing by Marta Salogni, and mastering by Katie Tavini. The finished track was officially released via Spitfire Audio’s recently launched SA Recordings on April 5, kicking off its new ‘Singles’ series. The track can be preordered here.
We caught up with SA Recordings label manager, Harriet Pittard about the special event and the inspirations behind it…
Tell us about the gender imbalance you have seen in the music industry?
PRS says only 17 per cent of female identifying people are registered as songwriters, which is the biggest motivation to keep pushing initiatives like this. I do see quite a few ‘women in music’/artist-led events, but there are less for ‘women in audio’.
Has being a woman ever impacted you in the industry?
I’ve sometimes noticed how I’ve been treated differently from an artist perspective. At gigs, and if it’s a male-dominated space, there’ve been multiple times when I’ve been shifted on a line up. In that case I’ve wondered if I had been male would I have been dealt with in the same way. From an industry professional perspective, I’ve felt very supported, particularly at Spitfire Audio as there’s a real push to bring more women in.
Do you have any advice that you’d give to women in audio and music going forward?
Once you have your foot in the door, persevere – in the first few years of my career, often I felt like I wanted to be doing more, but it does get better as you go.