E2: Tim 'Spag' Speight. Pro studio tales and educational insights
S1E02 – Tim (Spag) Speight
A podcast about Education in Audio, Music Production, and Music Technology.
In this episode, we meet up with Music Producer and Educator Tim ‘Spag’ Speight, a professional both in the music industry and in further education. Spag is a freelance recording and mix engineer and a course leader at Barnsley College. He’s worked for some of the greats, Pete Waterman, Simon Cowell, Donna Summer, Steps, Westlife, McFly, Kim Marsh, S Club 8, Dannii Minogue and many others.
We start off exploring the rather bleak industry forecasts for our creative sectors, currently suffering and expected to be suffering for some time to come due to the global pandemic.
Spag chats about his career, how he regained his creative spark, and we ask the question if music production is exclusively a young man’s game. We also discuss how the industry has changed with the availability of smaller, more mobile technology.
Our discussions also revolve around that elusive link between academia and industry, the differences and the similarities, and how we - as educators - allow the next generation of upcoming talent to be inducted into a professional community within the industry. We also end with the revelation of just how some pro vocals manage to sound as pro as they do: its Vocal-gate, but not that kind of gate!..
Links and Sources featured in this Episode:
- Tim Spag Speight LinkedIn Profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-spag-speight-95438433/
- Oxford Economics (2020). The Projected Economic Impact of Covid-19 on the UK Creative Industries. [Online]. Oxford. Available from: https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/20200716_OE_Slides_new%20ACE%20data%20-%20Clean%20-%20with%20NEMO%20caveat.pdf. [Accessed: 21 July 2020].