**NEWS**!!! So excited to be awarded Producer of the Year from NMG Awards 2017. Massive thanks to everyone who voted for me.

**NEWS**!!! So excited to be awarded Producer of the Year from NMG Awards 2017. Massive thanks to everyone who voted for me.

A fun photo from a visit to Strong Room Studios

A fun photo from a visit to Strong Room Studios

SUMMARY

22 yr old self employed self taught Record Producer with my own studio and also a portable studio for OB’s. Producing albums, five of which have had Sunday Times Culture Reviews, EP's and a number of singles which have gained BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music play since 2013. Producer of the Year 2017 thanks to NMG Awards. Generally sole producer/ engineer on releases. Co writer and also performer on many of the tracks - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keys, Percussion, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Cello and backing vocals. Endorsed by DigiGrid and Audio Technica.

OK, so I wasn't QUITE this young when I started producing...

OK, so I wasn't QUITE this young when I started producing...

Youngest female producer to have tracks played on BBC Radio 2 – first track was Diamond Girl by Kelly Oliver played by both Bob Harris and Mark Radcliffe in 2014.

8 plays for tracks from 4 artists played on BBC Radio 2 (Kelly Oliver, Emma McGrath, Maz O’Connor, Kate Dimbleby)

4 plays on BBC 6 Music for 3 artists (Kate Dimbleby, DIDI, Kaity Rae) 2016/7

Engineer/producer for Balcony TV London 2015 – 2017 – capturing sound (with no assistance) and providing all the equipment for doing so, for up to eight artists/bands per session.

Was SO excited to record The Hoosiers for Balcony TV London !

Was SO excited to record The Hoosiers for Balcony TV London !

Balcony with a view - in action for Balcony TV London

Thanks to working for Balcony TV London I got to meet an icon from my childhood, Rupert Grint!

Thanks to working for Balcony TV London I got to meet an icon from my childhood, Rupert Grint!

Recorded Peggy Seeger in her home for award winning Armistice Pals EP project (2015).

 

Brought my studio into Peggy Seeger's home to record her vocals for the Armistice Pals charity project in 2015

Brought my studio into Peggy Seeger's home to record her vocals for the Armistice Pals charity project in 2015

Peggy was lovely to work with

Peggy was lovely to work with

Invited to take part on Laura Marling’s Reversal of the Muse project in 2016.

Rhiannon Mair and I very excited to be recording Laura Marling as part of her Reversal of the Muse project

Rhiannon Mair and I very excited to be recording Laura Marling as part of her Reversal of the Muse project

A wonderful memory with Shiva, Laura Marling and Rhiannon Mair/ Reversal of the Muse

A wonderful memory with Shiva, Laura Marling and Rhiannon Mair/ Reversal of the Muse

Produced five tracks which made Track of the Week for BBC Three Counties Radio between 2015 and 2017 for Lewis Bootle, Minnie Birch, Alexa Mullins, DIDI and Emma McGrath.

Featured by BBC Three Counties in 20 minute interview by Mike Naylor in May 2017 (click here)

Had a lovely chat about being a female producer with Mike Naylor for a feature on his BBC Three Counties Show early 2017

Had a lovely chat about being a female producer with Mike Naylor for a feature on his BBC Three Counties Show early 2017

Produced Five albums which gained glowing reviews in Sunday Times Culture: The Christmas Present (Dec 2014), The F Spot Femmes Fatales (March 2015), Downtown (Oct 2015), Kelly Oliver’s Bedlam (2016) and Kate Dimbleby Songbirds (Feb 2017).

Two 4* reviews in Sunday Telegraph, for Kelly Oliver’s album, This Land (2014) and The F Spot Femmes Fatales (2015) and both were in their Albums of the Year lists plus a feature about Downtown CD in Telegraph Music.

Studio interfaces supplied by DigiGrid May 2017

Meeting with DiGiGrid - who now provide my interfaces!

Meeting with DiGiGrid - who now provide my interfaces!

Headphones sponsorship Audio Technica April 2017

Double page feature in Headliner Magazine (March 2017) (click here)

One Page feature by PRS for Music’s M Magazine in ‘Producer’s Week’ March 2015 (click here)

Interviewed by Ruth Barnes Resonance FM (Feb 2017), Tim Willett’s Cambridge 105 show (Oct 2016), Brian Player’s Blues and Roots Radio show (Jan 2017) and Katie Davis Wandsworth Radio (2016) about being a female producer. (click here)

Lead Producer on three successful grant funded applications from: Help Musicians UK (Kelly Oliver), Arts Council Wales (Danielle Lewis) and PRS for Music Lynsey de Paul prize (Emma McGrath).

Youngest full member of MPG (Music Producers Guild) since 2016

Board member of the Beats Board at FAC (Featured Artists Coalition) since 2016

Invited to be on a panel for the MPG at the NEC Birmingham (2016)

Judge and award presenter for NMG Awards 2016

Loved being a judge for the NMG Awards - also got up on stage to present an award!

Loved being a judge for the NMG Awards - also got up on stage to present an award!

 

Invited to run a session for music producers by Bare Bones Studio in Bristol (May 2017)

Invited to run a lecture at Impington College in Cambridge (May 2017)

Invited to conduct a #normalnotnovelty women’s only production workshop at Red Bull Studios, London (July 2017)

Invited to present at a female entrepreneur Symposium at Huddersfield University with a focus on discrimination with the LGBTQ environment (in Sept 2017)

 

TESTIMONIALS

‘I honestly don't think I could've made Songbirds without Lauren.  Her openness and willingness to try things differently meant that we created a very unique sound.  A very  unusual mix of quiet confidence with a youthful/fresh perspective makes her a particularly strong producer to work with’. Kate Dimbleby (four plays on BBC Radio 2 and four on BBC 6 Music)

Such fun watching Kate Dimbleby live in session on Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show in May 2017

Such fun watching Kate Dimbleby live in session on Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show in May 2017

Lovely to accompany Kate Dimbleby for her BBC Radio 6 Music live session for Tom Robinson in May 2017

Lovely to accompany Kate Dimbleby for her BBC Radio 6 Music live session for Tom Robinson in May 2017

‘I was lucky enough to make my new CD with Lauren - she both recorded and produced it.  Recording with her was brilliant, she managed to encourage the best performance from me whilst keeping the process enormous fun!  Lauren's talent is listening to a song and knowing how to bring out the best arrangement, whilst keeping the original essence intact.’ Bella Gaffney

‘..label boss Helen Meissner says she wants to champion female songwriters with this release and bang the drum a bit especially as we have a female producer Lauren Deakin Davies who has produced all bar one of the tracks on this fine compilation of grass roots female artists. And many thanks to Helen for pointing out to me in good time that today’s show falls in International Women’s Day, which is why the whole show celebrates women; women’s achievement, women’s pride and womens’ struggle.” Tom Robinson on air, BBC6 Music. March 2015. After playing a track from The F Spot Femmes Fatales on two consecutive shows 7/8th March.

‘Lauren was wonderful to work with on my latest EP 'Fly'. (released late 2016). She is very calm and focused while producing which helped my creative process. She has a great ear and worked quickly too. The EP was recorded and producer with Lauren as a result of funding by Arts Council of Wales, and it was her track record which helped secure the funding. Here’s some highlights which were down to Lauren’s efforts and the reaction to the EP

*BBC Radio Wales presenter Adam Walton described a track recorded and produced by Lauren as timeless, 'it could stand up in any era'.

*I got to perform the some of the tracks on Live National Television in Wales.

*The EP went on to secure festival opportunities such as a performance on the BBC Introducing Stage at BBC Country File Live in Blenheim Palace.

*Tracks from the EP were played on BBC 6 Music and made playlists on Welsh National Radio such as BBC Radio Cymru, Radio Wales and Amazing Radio.’ Danielle Lewis

“The clear and crisp production ensures that the delivery is about as pure as you’d want it to be without it being sterile, i.e. you can hear the personality of the artist bursting forth in the song and you can’t ask any more of an artist than that” Neil King (FATEA Magazine)

 “Lauren Deakin-Davies who produced Kelly’s debut album, ‘This Land’, captured the folky nuances displayed in both Kelly’s vocals and songwriting perfectly.” Malcolm Carter (Black Penny Music)

“An important thing to note about Lauren is that she is a musician herself, and a very competent one at that. You can therefore put your complete trust in her and rest assured that, when recording. She is friendly, encouraging, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Recording is an intimate, and often a long process, and Lauren has that quality of making you feel completely at ease, which in turn brings out the best in your recording sessions. She is passionate about her work - the finished product is not just an example of your talent, but of hers as well, so she puts the same level of feeling and thought into her part of the process as the artist does with their part. I think that is a necessity when you’re recording with a producer, it’s essential for you to highlight an issue and then say ‘Can you hear it as well?’ and your producer say ‘Yes I can hear it.’ This is exactly the response Lauren gave throughout the entire recording process, and not only does she pick up on faults that might otherwise go unnoticed, she was able to effectively fix every problem or issue that I highlighted to her. Above all, she is patient. She doesn’t rush or pressure you, and as an artist who wants the finished product to be the best I can deliver, it is only through recording with someone with Lauren’s patience that this could ever be possible.” Kelly Oliver who has worked with Lauren on This Land and Bedlam

I have been delighted to be asked to talk to school children, lecture students and run workshops for producers on topics ranging from being a woman in music, making a living out of music and being an LGBTQ+ producer.

‘Lauren's relaxed and friendly personality brought out the best in all of the guests at the recent London Red Bull #Normal Not Novelty workshop she hosted. She tailored the content to make sure that everyone would learn something useful, and she asked all the right questions of the guests to get them engaged and involved. Lauren is extremely talented in many areas, and she used her many skills to give guests invaluable information - thanks for speaking at Normal Not Novelty Lauren!’ Katie Tavini - Mastering Engineer. Host at Red Bull Studios.

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Impington College – talk by Lauren Deakin Davies on production and tech in music. (June 2017)

Stef: I loved hearing Lauren's songs and finding out about how music is produced. It was cool to hear how she started by leaving school and how she did well! James: Very good talker, good music! Genaro: We got to hear songs and techniques from a professional singer songwriter and got useful feedback on our songs. Eric: We saw some interesting pedals to have fun with. Rachel: I was inspired by her and related to the music. I learned how useful music tech is.

Les Ray – course leader: Lauren was an excellent guest speaker for the students because she provides a fine role model for young girls (these were aged 14) as regards such things as making your way in a male-dominated business, showing girls they can be interested in techy stuff, that it is not exclusively for boys. She also has a real knack with explaining the creative process, which as great for all the students. All the students found Lauren friendly and engaging, but also incredibly knowledgeable. I found that she was very professional and committed. I would not hesitate to ask her to come and speak to students again in a future course.

‘Lauren came to our music collective in Bristol to deliver a workshop about production and recording in a home studio environment. She kept the group engaged from start to finish and many of the participants commented on how much she covered in a short space of time. Lauren is able to bring a great range of information together in a way that is accessible, easy to understand and well pitched to the group in front of her. What she delivers is hands on and practical as well as technically informative. We are looking forward to working with her again soon.’ Anna Kissell, Bare Bones Collective, Bristol

 

‘..she’s only 21, youngest member of Music Producers Guild … a very gifted young producer and performer, she’s a very bright girl who’s produced a good number of acts…’ Chris Hawkins on air, BBC 6 music