On this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by another hugely talented individual in the world of music – Engineer, producer, mixer and editor, Fiona Cruickshank.
One of the few people to feature on our series, who is involved in more music releases each year than Mr Weller ! She has been working in studios for over a decade now and is more in demand than ever – even getting a well deserved double win at the 2022 Music Producer Guild Awards for Recording Engineer of the Year and Breakthrough Producer of the Year.
Her portfolio shows a breadth of creative approaches transcending film, music, and performance arts.
Check out some of her incredible CV below… including Paul Weller‘s 2020 and 2021 album releases – On Sunset and Fat Pop (Volume 1).
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EP155: Fiona Cruickshank – Multi-award-winning Music Engineer, Producer, Mixer and Editor… – Paul Weller Fan Podcast : Desperately Seeking Paul
2020 – Paul Weller – On Sunset
Fiona engineered strings at The Church Studios from arrangements by Hannah Peel. Paraorchestra have been mentioned on the podcast before – this incredible, integrated orchestra of professional disabled and non-disabled musicians – the first ever orchestra of its kind in the UK.
Fiona engineered on Village, On Sunset, Earth Beat and Rockets (which had additional string arrangement from Andy Crofts.).
2021 – Paul Weller – Fat Pop (Volume 1)
Paul Weller’s 16th Studio Album (another Number One !) was recorded around the covid lockdowns, with him initially sending bits to band mates over email.
On 3 tracks, Glad Times , That Pleasure and Still Glides The Stream, we have Hannah Peel’s string arrangements with Paraorchestra.
Fiona Cruickshank engineers the strings again at The Church.
Dot Allison – Heart-Shaped Scars & Consciousology
A Desperately Seeking Paul Playlist… Fiona Cruickshank…
Exclusive PW Session Photos… © Fiona Cruickshank
Having worked in-house at AIR Studios for over 11 years , Fiona joined AIR Management in 2018.
During this time, she has been lucky enough to work with some incredible composers and artists including Dario Marianelli, Alberto Iglesias, Marc Shaiman, Jed Kurzel, and Jacob Collier.
Growing up at AIR meant that she got to work with some of the world’s best engineers and producers on projects in many different genres – from film and TV scores to classical albums, big band, jazz, rock, pop, bluegrass… and everything in-between!
As well as engineering, she does a lot of score and classical editing – making the music sound as good as it can before mixing. She has also worked as a film music editor on projects such as The French Dispatch, Aladdin, Britannia, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Beauty and the Beast, and The Alienist.
Selected Music Credits
Paul Weller – Fat Pop, On Sunset – String engineer
Dot Allison – Heart-Shaped Scars / Consciousology – Engineer, producer and mixer
Coldplay – Everyday Life – Additional Engineer
Jacob Collier – Djesse Vol. 2 (Album) – String engineer
Keaton Henson – Six Lethargies (Album) – Engineer, producer and mixer
Rupert Cross – Smart Shoes – Mixer
Juliet Garrett – Follow The River EP – Engineer, Producer and Mixer
Andrea Bocelli – Si – String Engineer
Jacob Collier – A Noite & Lua – String Engineer
Laurie Holloway – Laurie Holloway – Engineer, Producer & Mixer
John Metcalfe – Absence – Mixer
Freya Ridings – Freya Ridings – String Engineer
Best Known For
Producer, Engineer and Mixer
Six Lethargies – Keaton Henson
Heart-Shaped Scars – Dot Allison
Score Engineer and Mixer
Wrath of Man – Christopher Benstead
The Phantom of the Open – Isobel Waller-Bridge
Supernova – Keaton Henson
The Windermere Children – Alex Baranowski
Long Live My Happy Head – Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres
Fate: The Winx Saga – Anne Nikitin
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse – Isobel Waller-Bridge
Parallel Mothers – Alberto Iglesias
The Tiger Who Came to Tea – David Arnold
14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible – Nainita Desai
Fat Pop, On Sunset (Strings) – Paul Weller
Djesse Vol. 2 (Strings for various Tracks) – Jacob Collier
The Whale – Rob Simonsen
Sex Education (Seasons 2 & 3) – Oli Julian & Ezra Furman
Misha and The Wolves – Nick Foster
Munich: The Edge of War – Isobel Waller-Bridge
The Pool Project (Album Mix) – Oliver Patrice Weder
The Dropout – Anne Nikitin
The French Dispatch – Alexandre Desplat
The Life Ahead – Gabriel Yared
Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman