Who we are...
We are Scot McKenzie and Mark Vickers, two roadies who've "toured the world and elsewhere" for the last 25 years. In that time we've done gigs of every conceivable size from toilets to stadia on nearly every continent on earth (neither of us has ever done a gig in Antarctica). We've worked with legends, geniuses and downright idiots, as guitar techs, tour managers and sound engineers. Now we are bringing our experience and knowledge of both live and recorded music production to Bristol. The ethos behind New Cut Studios is to provide the best possible environment for creative work of all kinds, particularly in the audio field and most especially music. We want to build a technical hub to support the many artistic activities in which musicians are involved. If you come to us you don't just get a room to make noise in: you get all the support and experience we've developed in the music industry over the last quarter century.
A view of the "New Cut" of the river Avon behind New Cut Studios, taken from Totterdown Bridge.
New Cut Studios can be found at Ferry Steps industrial estate, where it backs onto the New Cut of the River Avon that was dug by navigators between 1804 and 1809. We're hoping to echo that enterprising spirit in our own venture. We are centrally located between St.Phillips and Totterdown: just across the river from The Thunderbolt over Totterdown Bridge; just along the river from The Paintworks; and just around the corner of Albert Road from Motion and The Marble Factory. We are only a five minute drive from Temple Meads railway station.
And what we've done...
The following is a section of Mark's CV.
"Artists toured with:
Little Axe, Mark Stewart, King L, William Orbit, Black Grape, Moby, John Denver, Daft Punk, Us3, Red Snapper, Alpha, Catatonia, Asian Dub Foundation, Orbital, Basement Jaxx, Lamb, Hybrid, Bent, Freestylers, Zero 7, Dirty Vegas, Archive, Alfie, Stereo MCs, Heather Small, Simple Kid, Bonnie Tyler, Mike Scott, Edwin Collins, The Waterboys, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Skin, Martha Wainwright, Superthriller, M People, Pharrell, Primal Scream, Brett Anderson, Mystery Jets, Goldfrapp, Iglu & Hartly, Stone Gods, Killing Joke, Rox, Paloma Faith, Suede, Spiritualized, Chrissie Hynde, Twin Atlantic, The Maccabees, The Charlatans, Bellowhead, PJ Harvey and Paul Weller; many of whom are, or have been, regular clients. I’ve surely missed some out and I’ve done short stints with other acts not listed here. I'm currently out with PJ Harvey & Paul Weller, from 2015 into 2018 for The Hope Six Demolition Project and A Kind Revolution world tours.
I’ve had the privilege of working on one-off shows with many artists as a backline or guitar tech on showcases, TV & radio broadcasts, recording sessions, awards shows and the like, including The Bee Gees, Mike Oldfield, Aimee Mann, and Paul Heaton amongst others - most recently Paul Weller for Hootenanny 2016 and Later... again in September 2017 for the Later 25th anniversary at the Albert Hall.
I have done many TV shows with band clients, Jools Holland, Top Of The Pops, This Morning, Alan Carr, Andrew Marr, The One Show, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Stephen Colbert and many other TV shows in europe. When I lived in London I also worked regularly on long runs of shows such as The White Room, The Pepsi Chart Show, Jo Whiley and Top Of The Pops.
I have stage-managed secondary stages on major festivals through several backline and audio hire companies. I’ve done shows from the middle of the Channel Tunnel to the middle of the Sinai desert: from toilets to tents to the Sydney Opera House, I’ve done every kind of venue on nearly every continent.
I chimped the Brit Awards for seven years running and, along with other large London shows, I have gained a lot of experience rigging lights, harness work, (re-addressing scans in the air, truss spot-opping, etc.) and have done warehouse work quite often at Neg Earth, Meteorlites, etc. I’ve done plenty of steel bashing on various stage systems. I’m even a pretty good third bird on a PA crew."
The following is a section from Scot's CV.
I have been recording bands for over 20 years from all over the UK and as far a field as Iceland. It is something that started out as a hobby between touring and now has become a larger part of what I do as touring takes a back seat. I really enjoy working with musicians in the development of their music.
Artists toured with as a...
Super Furry Animals, Beverly Knight, Muse, St. Etienne, The Damned, Hurricane #1, Hybrid, Just Jack, Mystery Jets, Archive, Nubiles, Crackout, Gorkys Zygotic Mynci, Scarfo, Linoleum, Pecadiloes, Ladytron, The Animal House, Shout Out Louds, Nightmare of You, The Waterboys, Sigur Ros, Julian Cope, Grand Theft Audio, The Rock of Travolta, The Freestylers, The Stranglers, Grace Jones, Go West, ABC and Tony Hadley.
Winnebago Deal, Five Year Plan, Suitable Case For Treatment, Further (Australia), Broadzilla (Detroit), Mower, Simple Kid, Clocks, Our Lives (Iceland), Dragons, A Fine Frenzy (L.A) and Iglu & Hartly (L.A).
Sum 41, Cornershop, Winnebago Deal, Simple Kid, Shout Out Louds, Clocks and Iglu & Hartly.
Assistant stage manager:
Radiohead / Oxford Homecoming.