About Mike Spink
Mike cut his musical teeth in his teens as a songwriter, bassist and drummer in numerous bands in the North of England. Although always fascinated with both the technical and creative aspects of the recording process it wasn’t until he went back to education in 1997 that he started to realise his rightful place was on the other side of the glass.
After progressing from a short diploma course at Leeds college of Music in 1998, Mike then went on to study at Paul McCartney’s prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where he graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Creative Music Technology.
Since then Mike has worked on a plethora of recording and production projects including 2 consecutive UK Number 1 Albums with Jake Bugg’s eponymous UK No.1 debut album (Double Platinum) that has sold over a million copies worldwide and The 1975’s debut UK Number 1 album (Platinum) that has also sold well over 500,000 copies worldwide. Other notable credits include working with The Gaslight Anthem, James, The View & Amber Run, Wolf Alice, OMD, Circawaves, Kill it Kid, Lewis Watson, Tribes, The Academic, Whitecliff, All Mankind, DD Allen & JacksonsWarehouse to name but a few.
After working closely with the incredibly gifted Producer & Mixer – Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, The 1975 Jake Bugg etc), Mike is now focussing on Freelancing as a Producer and Mixer in his own right and more recently launching and promoting his new Online Mixing Service - The Mix Basement.
“I love engineering and consequently the way I Mix & Produce is heavily influenced by the way I look to put sounds together. However, for me….It’s all about the music, the artist and ultimately the song ! I’ve always said that music should drive technology and not the other way round – Thus, when Producing I love to spend as much time as possible with the band / artist in rehearsal and pre-production getting the songs, arrangements and parts nailed so everyone feels relaxed and confident when the red light goes on. It’s only then we can all focus on creativity, vibe and capturing something truly exciting”.
“When I’m Mixing - for me, its all about serving the song and the production to the best of my creative, artistic and technical ability, in order to create something that forces the listener to consciously or subconsciously emotionally engage with the song. Vibe and energy are big factors here - but equally attention to detail is key. …I firmly believe a good mix should take you on a journey whilst providing subtle points of sonic interest along the way”.