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Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather!


Bit of an EQ update for you all. I have been working with two brilliant new clients over the past few weeks - Marguerite Griffiths, who is undertaking an album of self-penned instrumentals as well as some original songs is a very original talent whose  writing reveals a broad appreciation of all music forms. Through her I have also been introduced to several new session singers whom I can call on for other clients' projects.


The second new client is Lesley Wilson, a Scottish lady whose writing  definitely reveals her Celtic roots! In addition to her 'serious' writing  though, she also composes comedy songs. Naturally, sessions with Lesley have  been great fun.


Another new client, Rob Turvil, was in recently laying down a really great pop  song. I was recommended to Rob by Wes Cardy, a client of many years  standing, and a talented writer and performer in his own right.


And some very exciting news, my daughter, Alyce Practyce, will have her first single out shortly. It is a ballad cover of a Beatles song 'I've Just Seen a Face' and  the i-tunes release will be accompanied by a video which is in the final  editing stages. Both Alyce and I are very excited about the release as it should provide a good kick-start to her career. I'll keep you posted!


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It has been another busy few weeks at EQ Studios. The really big news is that 2 new videos featuring my daughter Alyce are being edited as we speak with a view to be released on YouTube shortly. We'll keep you posted as would love your feedback!


On the client front, we continue to work with Russian singer/songwriter Erwin putting his original recordings out in an English format - he really is super talented!


This week, one of the most exciting talents we have encountered, singer songwriter Alyse Kirtley is coming in casino spiele to record some original pieces. She is also a great pianist!


Recently we have been working with Marguerite Griffiths on a commissioned piece - a really lovely song. Also, Pattie Allen has been co-writing with John using her original lyrics to John’s melodies and arrangements.


Another talented lady, Jane Edington has been in singing her own original compositions.


Fear not gents as we do also work with males other than Russian ones! Regular client Mike MacLachlan has also been in the studio starting work on a new song.


I am off on holiday until 10th July but please do give me a call on 020 8968 3322 after that and I'll be happy to book you in!




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I thought I would share a bit of a story with you all this week!


I was getting ready early last Saturday morning for a long drive to Cornwall where my band Tuxedo were booked to play at a wedding. I put on the TV while I was having breakfast and saw the RAF helicopter flying into Lands End to deliver the Olympic flame to the first of the round Britain relayers. The first holder to have his torch lit was gold medallist Ben Ainslie, who trotted with it a few hundred yards before passing the flame to the next torch-holder. 


Several hours later, after the band had set-up in the wedding marquee, we retired to a local pub in Port Isaac. When in walked Ben Ainslie, clutching the torch! It was certainly a surreal moment!


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We've been busy down at EQ Studios! Last week we had a amazing new client in the studio in the form of the very talented Pattie Allen. She is an amazing songwriter and working with her was an absolute pleasure.


We worked together to produce a demo of her beautiful ballad 'Wings of Home', enlisting the help of the superb jazz pianist Brian Dee who has performed with Peggy Lee, Chet Baker and Benny Carter - and now us!


The tune is a real heart-breaker: Pattie tells me that several of her female friends have wept when they hear the song. (Sorry, Pattie - I promise to tune my guitar next time!)


On a more personal note, I have put my name forward for nominations to the BASCA (Songwriters) Committee. If you have a vote, please do put it my way! Take a look at this page for more info -:


I feel that my background as an accountant plus my experiences with the song-writing community means I could contribute greatly and would be(hopefully!) a real asset to the committee.


Hope you've all had a brilliant week in the sunshine!


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As a musician/artist, positive feedback from anyone who appreciates your  work is always lovely to hear – regardless of whether that person is a  professional in the industry or a listener who enjoys your work and creations.


However, it’s always a great boost when you get good feedback from someone who is firmly established – perhaps even someone who you admire or whose music you or others have been listening to for years.


This week I received an email from Kay Shelley, who last year with her partner Gavin Sparks, did an album of original jazz tracks called 'Pimp My  Jazz'. I produced this album at EQ Studios as well as playing keyboards and singing backing vocals.


Here is part of the email that was sent to Kay -:


“I heard the song "Loving Love", and I have to say that you have a lot of talent. xxxxxx is right when he says that the track reminds [him of] the foggy atmosphere of London.


You did a great job!


Best wishes

George Michael”


Kay has also informed me that George confirmed that he had been given a copy of the album. Kay and I have both agreed that for an international artist of his caliber to bother to send an email like this must mean that in his opinion (and hopefully many others!) the song and the production is of a pretty good quality. (By the way, George confirmed that it was ok to use his quote for publicity purposes ☺)


Of course, needless to say I’m delighted at such wonderful feedback! And if you’re curious to her the album 'Pimp My Jazz' you can purchase it here -:


If you do have a listen, please let me know what you think!


Hope you all have a great weekend :) John.


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Well, I've definitely had a busy one at EQ Studios this week! Thought I'd share a bit of what I've been up to :) On Monday evening I was playing acoustic guitar for the amazing Alyce Practice at Nambucca in Holloway Road, North London. The thought of performing new material is daunting for any artist, so it really helps when you have a friendly, receptive venue to perform your songs - Nambucca certainly has that. It's a lovely place and we had a great evening! Thanks to any of who you came along!


This week I've also been doing some intensive studio ?????? ????????? sessions with Russian artiste Erwin, where I have been devising English lyrics for his Russian songs. It's something a bit different but I'm thoroughly enjoying it and we're thrilled with the progress so far. He has such a great voice - a real pleasure to work with. 


I've also just finished another session with soul singer Rasheed Ogunlaru. What with Albert Lee, Steve Strange and Bridge of Sound, the talent bar sure is rising these days!



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So, if any of you have visited the EQ Studios homepage recently, you may  have noticed a new little feature in the form of a video. I wanted to create  a video to try and enable people to get a better idea of what we do at EQ  Studios – and to see who they’ll be working with if they book a session :)


The video was filmed and produced by Denise Kirtley of Raising Awareness and I have to say, I think she did a great job – it would be great to hear what  you think!


In other more studio related news, Albert Lee's latest album 'On casino internet The Town Tonight' is now out, featuring engineering contributions from me. For all you country/rock music fans, I definitely recommend you have a listen.


We’ve also had leading Irish pop/folk singer Theresa Rodgers laying down vocals in the studio for her new album, so that’s been a really fun project to be  working on. You can read more about Theresa and her work here


I hope you all have a great week ahead!




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I hope the New Year has proved a good one for everyone so far!


Just a quick update on what’s going on at EQ Studios. This week, we are proud to announce the release of the album 'Starting Now' by 'Bridge of Sound'. The album, which was produced at EQ Studios contains some wonderfully varied songs and features the vocal talents of MD Harvey and Alyce Practice. 


If you want to take a listen, just head over to to see a video of Alyce singing the beautiful ballad 'Live Today'. In addition, you can hear samples kasyna of other songs and also purchase tracks online or by post. This was such a great project to work on and we're delighted with the results. I'd love to hear what you think so any feedback you have, please feel free to leave a comment on this post.


Here’s to a productive week ahead!



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Well, it’s definitely a bit of a wind-down period for EQ Studios as Christmas descends, so I’ll keep this blog short and sweet!


One thing I do want to mention is the Professional Development Series courses that BASCA are rolling out in 2012. You can view them here-:


As you all already know, I’m a huge fan of the work of BASCA and would strongly recommend that if you are going on to invest in a course, a recognised body such as BASCA is the place to do it. Plus the fees are incredibly reasonable.


All that leaves me to say is a huge thanks to all my clients for their continuing support of the studio. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with everyone and I’m really looking forward to seeing what next year brings!


So, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Here’s to 2012!


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Christmas isn’t far off but it came a little early for me this week when I received a copy of legendary guitar hero Albert Lee’s latest album ‘On The Town Tonight’. Aside from it being an incredible album, there on the back is my name as the producer at EQ Studios. It was a very proud moment Albert has been an idol of mine for many years and to be a part of one of his creations is just phenomenal for me!


Last week a great pedal steel guitar player, Roger Rettig flew in from the USA to lay down some tracks, and on Tuesday brilliant Irish artiste Theresa Rodgers came in to record a song for her latest album.


I also got the opportunity to work with the lovely Denise from Raising Awareness who filmed and will be producing a video for EQ Studios. It was great fun and I’m excited to see how the video will turn out!


So Christmas is coming up….and I can’t resist another little plug of our EQ Studios gift voucher scheme! A great way to offer a friend or family member the opportunity of spending time enjoying the recording experience at EQ Studios, you can buy vouchers for 2 hours at £80, 4 hours at £150 and 8 hours at £280. If you'd like to find out more please contact me on


Until the next blog, hope you all have a great weekend :)


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This past week I’ve been having a great time in the studio with some of my Irish clients.


Theresa Rodgers has been in laying down vocals for her latest album and Mick McGinty’s latest album ‘Michael’ is now fully mastered and I have to say, sounds fantastic. There will also be a launch party for Mick’s album release at Moore’s in Colindale, which I imagine will be a fun evening! I’ll be helping out on guitar and my daughter Alice will be on backing vocals. Both of us are also featured on the album.


We also laid down the backing track of a new ballad written by Rasheed Ogunlaru. It’s very much in the development stages but I’m incredibly excited - it is quite beautiful. Earlier in the month we worked on another of his own songs  ‘Meanwhile Life Passes By’.  You can have a listen to the track we recorded and produced on YouTube.


In other news, there is a brief but very kind reference in the BASCA magazine ‘The Works’, about my appearance at the Songshop event back in September. ‘Special guest John Hamilton from EQ Studios gave an impressive demonstration of building a demo from scratch’. It’s brilliant to get such positive feedback so I’m really pleased with that. Good to know I wasn’t talking nonsense ;)


If you’re looking for some interesting reading material, I recommend you have a look at this article by Paul White on DV Magazine about the common mistakes made when recording and mastering. There are some very useful tips-:


Hope you all have a great week! 





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This week, I’ve had the pleasure of working on some really interesting bits and pieces. On Monday, we completed mixing and mastering the debut album for ‘Bridge of Sound’. It’s a very unique concept album co-produced by EQS and the artiste, featuring vocals from composer Michael Harvey, Alyce Practice and Dean Dyson. The album features an incredibly eclectic mix of songs, which in some ways is reminiscent of The Allan Parsons Project where a single composer brings in various session singers with Allan Parsons producing.


We also produced a demo of ‘Busy Times’, a beautiful song written by BASCA member Philip Clover and Julie Harrison. My daughter Alyce provided some of the vocals and the whole session was an absolute delight. 


Philip very kindly posted the following comment on our Facebook pageHad a fabulous two days at EQ Studios this week. John Hamilton is just the best... and Alyce is a most brilliant versatile vocalist. So to you aspiring songwriters out there... get down to EQ and John will interpret exactly what you are looking for. Well worth it.’ 


Those are the types of comments which are just brilliant to hear and it’s always great to know that the client has had a good time whilst in the studio and of course, is then pleased with the finished product!



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I can’t believe we’re already reaching the end of October and I’m glad to say it’s been another very busy week here at EQ Studios.


So earlier in the week I had jazz musicians Brian Dee and Tony Hiller in again finalising their songs. They’re sounding great – even though I’m present (and of course engineering) every stage of the recording and mastering process, it’s always nice to see how a song is developing, and this promises to be good!


Tomorrow I’m really excited to be recording some songs by the very talented songwriter Tim Fraser. Singer Louise Setara is doing the vocal honors, and she really is fantastic. If you haven’t heard her, Google her – a wonderful voice and talent. To be working with such high caliber musicians is just brilliant.


This weekend I’m also laying down the vocals of one of my own songs called 'Little Me' with June Caravel. Go check out her 'London Song' on YouTube – it’s so good! She's actually French, you know! 


Two very nice people, Patrick Ryan and Julie Yammanee were also in this week completing one of their own songs called 'Last Chance Christmas'. They have been fun to work with.


Finally, this goes out to all singers out there - the BBC is doing a vocal talent competition called ‘The Voice’ ( I know, I know, there are so many of these talent shows around but I really like the look of this as it promises to concentrate on talent as opposed to the soap-drama of X Factor. The last date of entry is midnight on the 24th Oct - so don't hang about!


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Hope everyone has had a great week! It’s been another busy one here at EQ Studios and I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great musicians. This week I had renowned jazz pianist Brian Dee and his writing partner Tony Hiller in the studio recording some original tracks. Later that day we were joined by legendary trumpeter Bruce Adams who laid down some amazing overdubs. Needless to say, the tracks are sounding fantastic and these really are great guys to work with. It certainly makes my job so enjoyable!


The quality of musicianship throughout the whole session was absolutely fantastic and I was blown away by the talent on display. Tony who is a very successful publisher is flying over to the States to pitch the songs to 

producer David Foster, who has produced albums for Michael Bublé. I’m looking forward to hearing how that goes!


What a really love about my job is its diversity and earlier in the week I had a hypnotherapist in recording a CD to help people with insomnia. CDs and podcasts are a great way of providing a service to a large number of people, so if this is something you may be interested in doing, then please do contact me on


That’s about it for now but I’ll be back on the blog next week with some more EQ news and updates.



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The first quarter of 2011 is almost over, but it doesn’t seem like three months since our last newsletter. 

The studio has been very busy since the New Year – some earlier projects continue – Albert Lee album and DVD, and Michael Harvey album, while Gavin Sparks' plus Corrib's albums were mixed and mastered in February.


Two new clients have appeared this month. Lee Laurent and Ravi (both of them the result of a recommendation at a BASCA song 'surgery').


Other clients who have been in include Brian Dee, Tony Hiller, Phil Ryan, Sonia Rattan, Peter Conway, Keith Munday (trying out our new Shure SM7 microphone on a beautiful blues instrumental dedicated to the late Gary Moore. Veteran singer Freddie Woods has been in recording an album of standards and Mick McGinty has begun an album of Irish folk. Songlink's David Stark was in with two wonderful session singers doing bv's to his lead in great little song 'Astronaut' - don't forget you heard it here first, folks!


I have written a piece of music with French lyrics by Elie-Paul Cohen and daughter Alice laid the vocals down last week. Although I say it myself, it's a beaut!


On the voice-over front, Valentine Palmer voiced some great lines in his inimitable mellifluous tones, while the lovely Annie Ashcroft (Self-Confidence Centre) recorded a hypnotherapy tape on the subject of success and relaxation. Don't ask me what I thought of it - Annie wakened me up when it was over - and somehow or another it didn't seem right to charge her for the session!


Finally, and with great sadness, I heard of the passing last week of Pam Robbins. Pam ran The Original Songwriters in Kensington and latterly in Bethnal Green. She was a true friend to a host of musicians, singers and songwriters and many people owe their first break in performing their material with a great backing band to the facilities provided by Pam at TOS. Two artists I have produced, Lucie Kaz and latterly daughter Alice performed at TOS and really benefited from the experience. Her passing is not only a personal loss to me but to the song writing community in general. 

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November/December has, once again, been a very busy time at EQ Studios. Not only has the studio been running to full capacity, but the general quality of work has also been of the highest standard.

In the first week in December we had the honour of welcoming guitar legend Albert Lee into the studio to lay down tracks for his forthcoming album. John H. has long been a fan of Albert’s and having the experience of recording one of the true virtuosi of guitar at EQS was truly unforgettable. It was also great fun to sit over coffee with Albert and his drummer/label manager Peter Baron and hear him reminisce about his experiences with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, The Everly Bros, and many others.

In November we hosted sessions with the eminent actress Phyllida Law (mother of Emma and Sophie Thompson) who performed voice-overs for a childrens’ book written by Sandra Conway. Her adaptability and professionalism were a joy to experience. The book is great, also!

Good news for another of our clients, Peter Conway. One of his songs has been short-listed by Hollywood as the title-track for the next Justin Timberlake movie, now in production.

Dave Smith and Peter Buley were in, writing for Shirley Bassey – a brilliant track produced by us and featuring the vocals of John’s daughter Alice. She gets better by the day!

btw Alice will be appearing  on the 19th December at Dingwalls in Camden, singing backing vocals for Jonah Lewie.

Dave also came in to sing a self-penned number as an audition piece for the latest heats of Britain’s got Talent

Robin Smith from Rokpool was in compiling his Christmas album – some wonderful songs.

Nigel Jackson, a gifted writer and guitarist, came in to record and sing his latest in a series of marvellous songs.

We had a session with a tremendous singing talent Sean Ruane – an operatic tenor (check him out on YouTube).

Album projects with Barry Dawes (gospel), Gavin Sparks (jazz) and Michael Harvey (eclectic!) continued through Nov and Dec.

Noted jazz pianist and composer, Brian Dee, came to the studio with his partner (publisher and lyricist) Tony Hiller (Brotherhood of Man) laying down new songs.

BASCA member, Mike McLachlan was in producing a brand-new song – again sung by John’s daughter Alice. Mike is such a fine commercial writer, and Alice did a great job.

Sonia Rattan came in to finalise three new songs – also very commercial.

Actor Robert Willox came in to do a London themed song (aimed at the London Olympics) – sung by Alice – (Alice is really turning out to be our latest secret weapon of success!)

We have just completed a beautifully moving tribute to John Lennon composed by client David Evans.

Mixing/mastering the latest album by Irish folk group Corrib is just about finalised – this album promises to be quite beautiful.

Finally can we take this opportunity to thank all of our clients for their custom over the past 12 months, and wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We look forward to being of service to you in 2011.

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A bit of a catch-up blog as the past few months have been interrupted by hols plus a successful (non-urgent) hospital op in Sept for JH.

First, congrats to client Juliet Lawson who has placed a song with Monica Mancini (Henry’s daughter) for inclusion in her new album. We produced the song for Juliet a year ago and were always very impressed by its qualities. Great news – and encouragement to the rest of us - that if you have the talent, keep at it, something can happen. You know my refrain – ‘don’t give up’.

We are finalising two albums that started in the summer:

Jessie Pie, a folksy, bluesy, jazzy, burlesque artist who writes some of the quirkiest (and intelligent) songs we have encountered has been a constant source of inspiration, and Gavin Sparks/Kay Shelley, a song-writing team doing a mix of standards and jazz-rock material, underpinned by Gavin’s amazing guitar playing are now at the mixing stage of what has been a wonderful experience for us.

Phil Ryan and Sony signing Peter Conway have also been in doing some great new songs.

Other recent clients include Mel, Sonia Rattan, Barry Dawes, David Stark (Songlink), Brian Dee and the legendary Tony Hiller (Google this guy!), Marc Charlier, Corrib, Ella Brestelli, Maya, Dan Chisholm (Radio Presenter), Mario Campanale (Chelsea fan-song – we’re nothing if not versatile!), Hoagie (interesting left-field stylist), and Dave Whittle.

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May has been another busy month for EQ Studios:

Mixing was completed on tracks by Francia Kyekue, CAB James (a beautiful ballad sung by John’s daughter Alice, Jeff and Diane Ebdy, John Miller and David Stark (Songlink International) Special congratulations to David receiving ‘critics award’ for best song Gold Songs (produced at EQ Studios) in the Maltese Song casino online Festival.

Work has started on a mini-album being produced by us for the amazing Jessie Pie (a truly original voice).

Also the Irish folk band Corrib will be in to complete mixing of their second album. It is brilliant.

Wheels at last are turning at the BBC to kick-start pre-production of the music sit-com, American Fade All songs are being produced at EQ Studios.

Finally, and on a personal note, following her success at The Original Songwriters in March, daughter Alice (Miss Practice) will be performing there from 8.30pm next Wednesday,  (9th)  The Original Songwriters, FYM  FYG Bar, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 0EL.. It would be great to see you there!

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And it's that time of the year where we are looking for the signs of growth and development in our businesses. This has been a busy time, of which more later, but first, a big congratulations to John Wayre who has his composition (produced by EQS) Playtime accepted for regular plays by MTV USA. John is a great example of clients who is always looking to get his music exposed and earning real MONEY!! Well done, sir - you are an inspiration!

This has been such a varied time. Last week we had six classical singers recording adaptations of Mozart (Robin Willow) followed jeux de poker next day by Francia  singing her own compositions in Swahili. Great fun and she was very complimentary about the track we put together.

Mike Maclachlan, capitalising on his recent song movie placement in Germany, was in doing a new song - sung by the ever wonderful Alice Hamilton. If you haven't seen Alice's (aka Miss Practice) recent appearance at The Original Songwriters in FYMFYG at Bethnal Green, visit Alice will be back at TOS on Wed 9th June - it will be nice to see you there. TOS is an evening dedicated to the exposure of songwriters - check it out - it could be something that benefits you.

Gema Gold, recent winner of the Kosher Song Contest has been in singing some great songs. Brilliant singer with great prospects.

Other clients include Phil Ryan, Rasheed, Jeff Bannister and Julienne, John Miller,  Silhouette (v original artiste), Dave Whittle who travelled down from North Yorks. the wonderfully talented composer and pianist, Brian Dee (working with equally gifted singer, Paul Wood) and the multi-talented Irish folk group, Corrib.

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February has been an interesting and busy month at EQ Studios.
We finished mixing Sony writer Peter Conway's tracks for Newton Faulkner - everyone at Sony very happy.
Mahattan Clique's (and Grammy winner) Phil Larsen was in producing brand-new girl group The Neons (watch out for them).
JNet's Mike Segal brought a brilliant new singer Charlotte Peters singing original material.
Others in included Rasheed, Phil Ryan, Ken Smith, Ray Glastonbury and Mike Maclachlan. (Mike has a cut, produced by EQS, in a new German feature film.
Finally, on a personal/musical note, John's daughter Alice is doing a showcase with the house band at The Original Songwriters on Wednesday 17th March. It will be Alice's first gig with a live band and she is most excited. The venue is FYM FYG Bar, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0EL.
Alice has decided to call herself 'Miss Practice'. Music starts at 8.30, and Alice and John would be thrilled if you could come along and cheer her on.  

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