"Our studio has a no-compromise approach to recording that strikes the perfect balance between sonic fidelity, creative freedom and affordability. This ensures the ultimate goal – capturing magic on tape."
-JOE LEACH, Producer / Mixer / EngineerMore info
With more than 20 year's experience as a producer and engineer, Joe's ability to record and shape sound combined with his philosophy that the vibe and energy of an artist's studio experience can make or break a song has earned The Cowshed its long and loyal client list. Joe's musical training began aged eight with clarinet and piano and he added contemporary classical composition to his repertoire at the age of 15. He now satisfies his thirst for innovative noise-making as a member of the six-strong electronic-punk outfit Modified Toy Orchestra.
Working on both sides of the glass has been integral to developing Joe's trademark artist-orientated approach. After cutting his teeth as Assistant Engineer at Planet Studios, West Australia's premier 24-track facility, he returned to his native London in the early 90s where he began a freelance career which saw him work with artists from Roy Ayers through to the Stereophonics in top European studios and venues from Shepherd's Bush Empire to Abbey Road. In 1998 he became chief engineer at The Premises in Shoreditch, where he oversaw the complete revamp of the equipment and acoustics before going on to establish his reputation at the forefront of the UK jazz world.
Two years on he launched The Cowshed, a studio specialising in live band recordings combining analogue with cutting edge digital approaches. Since then as a dedicated music recordist he has been the producer/engineer of choice for over a thousand musicians, many of them top international and award-winning acts such as John Etheridge, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Jamie Cullum, Charlotte Church and Marcella Detroit. His conviction that great recordings are well-taken snapshots of exceptional points in time, combined with his commitment to creating the environment that catalyzes the moment has ensured his reputation as a craftsman of vivid, dimensional recordings that exude musicality.
"Our speciality is connecting the artist with their art, making the high tech feel like home."
-BIBA LEACH, Studio ManagerMore info
Biba was born in Rijeka, Croatia, home of Yugoslavia’s first rock concert which spawned the radical punk movement that swept the country during the Communist regime. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management at the University of Rijeka in 1999 while moonlighting at Svid Radio Rijeka, a groundbreaking alternative radio station. Gravitating toward the London music scene she relocated to the UK in 2000 and became an integral member of the Cowshed team soon afterwards. Together she and Joe have formed a formidable duo as she put her extraordinary energy and creative business brain to work as Studio Manager. Biba is now a director of the company and is renowned for creating the Cowshed’s famously relaxed and hospitable environment. Her extensive album credits and thank yous attest to her gift for creating a first class experience for all our clients.
"For me its about energy and performance, to try to capture the human out of the music, and get an emotional connection to the listener, it has to be real"
-TEO MILLER, Producer / Mixer / EngineerMore info
Teo Miller's sound burst onto the airwaves in 1993 with Daisy Chainsaw's powerful hit single "Love Your Money". Since then he has honed his inimitable style by working with many top name producers including Arthur Baker, Steve Osbourne, Gus Dudgeon, Mike Hedges and Phil Vinall, as well as an eclectic range of artists including Robert Plant, Placebo, Blur, Martina Topley-Bird, Happy Mondays, The Pretenders, The Fall, James, The Auteurs and the seminal Black Box Recorder. In addition to being regularly requested as a mixer by high profile producers, Teo is an established producer in his own right. His favoured approach combines the best of old world analogue recording techniques with up-to-the-minute hi-tech methods using the latest digital tools (Pro Tools/Logic/Digital Performer) in conjunction with an eclectic personal collection of vintage gems, from his esoteric Pye compressors to a battered original 1960's Maestro Fuzz Tone. Teo’s driving passion is in capturing performance, something that he believes is only possible by making the artist feel comfortable and creative, but which is often overlooked during the recording process.