Internationally acclaimed producer and engineer Stuart Epps has installed PMC result6 monitors in his UK studio in Cookham, Berkshire, home to his recording, mixing and mastering services, Epps Music Productions.
“I fell in love with them the first time I heard them,” Epps explained. “I couldn’t believe that such a small pair of monitors was capable of delivering such a huge sound across the entire frequency range. Although they are nearfields, it feels like I’m working on much bigger monitors because they are so precise and accurate.”
During a career spanning more than 40 years, Epps has worked with many legendary musicians including Elton John, George Harrison, Bill Wyman, Paul Rodgers and Chris Rea. For many years he was head engineer at Gus Dudgeon’s The Mill studios, which was renowned as one of the most modern, well-equipped recording facilities of its time.
When Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page bought The Mill in 1980, Epps stayed on as studio manager and worked on the last Led Zeppelin album Coda in 1982. He also remained in post during its tenure at Chris Rea’s studio, eventually leaving in 1994 to manage Alvin Lee's private Wheeler End studio and eventually turn it into a commercial residential recording facility. Among his customers were John Leckie (Beatles, Stone Roses, Muse) and Craig Leon (The Ramones, Blondie). Epps also worked on projects with Oasis, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Paul Weller and Chris de Burgh.
Epps expressed that he wholeheartedly embraces new technology and believes his forward-looking viewpoint is the main reason why he stays busy and relevant after nearly five decades in the music business.
Of his recent studio work, Epps elaborated: “The internet has transformed my role as a producer because I can now work with artists in many different countries without having to leave my own studio. A lot of the artists I work with are up and coming and my role is to offer them professional feedback and make sure they sound their best on everything from a demo recording through to a full studio production.
“Having really good monitors is vital because I need to be 100 percent sure that I can hear everything going on in the mix. I also need to know that my mixes will translate well through whatever speakers they are being played back on. PMC’s result6 monitors give me this clarity and as soon as I heard them, I knew they were perfect for me.”
Artists who have recently benefited from Epps’s input include Andy Jordan, from TV’s Made In Chelsea, Ukrainian singer Kamalia, Norwegian artist Petter Warvold, Danish singer songwriter Juliet Epps, Steve Jiske, EMEYNA The Rock Queen, Erin Bloomer, Audio Circus, Mariella Ishkhanian and Ginger Tom.