Julian Wheatley
Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Close-up image of JulianJulian’s recording career began in 1983 as a teaboy-cum-tape librarian at the major London cutting room, Tape One.

Having learnt the importance of the mastering process, he moved on to Bayswater’s Marcus Music as an assistant recording engineer.

Marcus’s reputation attracted such artists as Brian Ferry, Grace Jones, U2, Robert Plant and Meatloaf, not to mention producers Trevor Horn, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Rhett Davies and John Porter amongst others. Alongside such professionals Julian quickly learnt his craft.

Armed with this experience, he moved to North London and Jam Studios, developing his engineering skills on projects including David Sylvian, Elkie Brooks and Annabella Lewin.

In 1985 he was asked by producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley to join the team at their newly opened West London facility, the aptly named Westside Studios.

He worked on projects including the Absolute Beginners film soundtrack, Madness, China Crisis, Lloyd Cole and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, as a versatile, creative and imaginative member of the successful Langer/Winstanley partnership.

Turning freelance in 1987 saw further engineering credits with The Silencers, Carmel, Syd Straw and the move into production with The Deaf School live album, co-produced with Clive Langer.

Following a successful mixing project in London for a major Japanese client, he was asked to join the recording of the next album in Tokyo. During this, his first stay in Japan, he was introduced to several luminaries of the Japanese music scene and further offers of work soon followed.

Finding himself spending more time in Japan and less time in the UK, he decided to make the move to Tokyo in 1991.

Since that time he has been involved in a variety of projects, including writing a series of articles for Japan’s largest circulation recording magazine, appearing in a TV commercial and and of course engineering a number a top artists, including work on the 1,000,000 selling album Junior Sweet by Chara.

More recently he has been involved in producing bands in the indies forum and production work for major Japanese labels. He has also been teaching production & recording techniques at Japan’s premier music college ESP.

The future sees further movement into production and the expansion of his studio facilities.

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