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PLASA to demonstrate recording a live band with acclaimed sound engineer Simon Todkill

Todkill will record live emerging artists, VC Pines and Effie, in front of an audience at PLASA to reveal his top techniques

PLASA has added an exciting new feature to this year’s show called Stage to Studio, where two emerging artists, VC Pines and Effie, will be recorded by renowned sound engineer, Simon Todkill, in front of an audience.

Staged jointly with Sound On Sound and Headliner Magazine, these professional sessions will run from 3pm on both September 15 and 16, showcasing how to get the best recording from a live performance.
With the engineer’s Digital Audio Workstation displayed above the stage and live commentary, the audience will learn techniques for capturing high-quality sound from the stage. This will include microphone choices and placements, step-by-step mix decisions, and how to maximise multi-track recordings.

Following the sessions, the audio stem files will be made available and a competition will open. A team of experts will then pick the best mix and the winner will receive an exclusive professional audio prize.

VC Pines, whose style blends alternative soul, poetry and punk, has garnered the support of BBC Radio’s Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Chris Hawkins, Huw Stephens and Cerys Matthews, as well as Clash Magazine, Headliner Magazine, Atwood Magazine and Fred Perry Subculture.

In addition, Effie was crowned NME emerging artist 2018 and has earned praise from BBC Radio 1’s MistaJam and DJ Target, Capital XTRA, and KISS as well as Clash and Notion magazines. She lent her vocals to ‘Body Talk’ by dance duo Just Kiddin and wrote and sang on ‘3 Words’ by FooR.

Sound engineer Simon Todkill has worked with the likes of Kanye West, Matt Corby, Hiatus Kaiyote, Charli XCX, Movement and The Griswolds, earning him numerous Gold and Platinum album credits. These include Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Matt Corby’s ARIA Song Of The Year ‘Brother’.

Furthermore, Miloco Studios are providing the expertise and professional equipment for Stage to Studio. Established in London in 1984, Miloco now runs over 90 studios worldwide.

Between the Stage to Studio sessions, upcoming talent will perform acoustic sets courtesy of ‘Tony Moore Presents’. Moore began his career as an original member of Iron Maiden before moving to Cutting Crew in the mid ’80s. In more recent years, he has promoted homegrown talent at the Bedford in London, including Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini and James Bay.

PLASA Show is running from September 15-17 at Olympia London. You can register for a free badge and find out more at