Episode 155: Fiona Cruickshank – Multi-award-winning Music Engineer, Producer, Mixer and Editor…

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).

Find out more at fionacruickshank.co.uk

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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

Paul Weller -On Sunset - Album Cover

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 -Fat Pop - Album Cover

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

Fiona Cruickshank co-produced, Engineered and Mixed Dot Allison‘s 2021 Heart-Shaped Scars album, and it’s follow up, Consciousology which is released this Friday 28th July 2023.
Get your copy at dotallison.bandcamp.com

A Desperately Seeking Paul Playlist… Fiona Cruickshank…

Exclusive PW Session Photos… © Fiona Cruickshank

More Information…

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

Recording Engineer
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

Score Mixer
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

Score Editor
The French Dispatch – Alexandre Desplat
The Life Ahead – Gabriel Yared
Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

Air Studios Playlist

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The World’s first Paul Weller Fan Podcast - For the fans by the fans. A musical journey from In The City to Fat Pop (Vol 1). A radio broadcaster who gave up his career with one big regret. Never getting to interview the legendary British musician Paul Weller. This podcast exists purely to solve that issue. Welcome to Desperately Seeking Paul...

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