David Leighton Music
About
David Leighton is a Record Producer, Mix Engineer and Songwriter, currently working in conjunction with various production/management labels and studios within London and surrounding areas. David predominantly works with commercial Indie/Rock and Pop acts, but regularly strays into various other genres for collaboration and writing projects. By not settling entirely within one area of music, David has allowed himself to work for and with numerous artists and bands, producing over 200 records to date and amassing an extensive client list along the way. Numerous records David has worked on have been released by publishing labels, gained radio airplay and received positive reviews from music magazines and critics alike.
Contact: David@DavidLeightonMusic.com
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"David was like a zen master to work with, a very calming presence in the studio with an impeccable ear for over dubs. He really went the extra mile after some producers might have just gone home after doing 'their bit'."

(Sam Pickett - Artist)

"David is a stunning engineer/mixer, professional and extremely easy to work with. Ideas and suggestions he brings to the table are always well thought out and add to the track. All in all, top bloke, can't keep up with the northerners on the booze, but excelent at what he does."

Your New Antique (Band)

Credits
Listed below are some of the Bands/Artists David has worked with, his credit/role on each of the projects, session feedback, press articles and release artwork:
  • Latter Day Saints - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Taking Liberties - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Nigel Passey - Produce / Engineer
  • Opinaut - Produce / Engineer / MixLatter
  • Voodoo Stripe - Produce / Engineer
  • Bad Touch - Produce / Engineer
  • Sawsound - Produce / Engineer
  • Dan Wilde - Mix / Master
  • The Jebs - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Emel Micheal - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • The Bluebook Project - Producer / Engineer / Mix
  • Debonair - Engineer / Mix / Master
  • Fat Calf Media - Engineer
  • Odd Rival - Engineer
  • Slixonic - Engineer / Mix / Master
  • Have Yacht / Have Not - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Operational Rubber Duck - Produce / Engineer
  • Seclusion - Engineer / Mix
  • Emma Langwith - Engineer / Mix
  • Your New Antique - Produce / Engineer
  • Million Faces - Produce / Engineer
  • The Summer War - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • The Lost Players - Produce / Engineer
  • Dakota - Produce / Engineer / Co-Mix
  • The Dancing Dead - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Dead Social Club - Produce / Engineer
  • The Dismissive Attack - Produce / Engineer
  • The Perfect Crime - Produce / Engineer / Mix / Master
  • Sam Pickett - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Escape December - Produce / Engineer
  • Woodcut - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Base 11 - Produce / Engineer
  • Vows - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Mars Fortress - Produce / Engineer
  • Strangers To The Underground - Produce / Engineer
  • Project:Voices - Write / Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Sally Keeler - Write / Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Old School Reasons - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Franklyn - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • East Road - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • The Mojo Slide - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Tonight We're Electric - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Stereo Espionage - Mix
  • The Thieving Beggars - Mix
  • Xidus Pain - Write / Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Rant Casey - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • Dropout-Dan - Produce / Engineer / Mix
  • T-Belly - Produce / Engineer
  • AliceBand - Engineer
  • Absent Friends - Engineer
  • UnderClass - Produce / Engineer
  • The Cartel - Engineer / Mix
BBC Introducing Badges Like A Melody CD Artwork Nigel Passey Band  CD Artwork Dan Wilde CD Artwork  CD Artwork Jack and the Beanstalk CD Artwork Nigel Passey Band CD Artwork 2 The Summer War CD Artwork

"David is one of the finest young talents I have come across in recent years" - Dan Turner (Producer/Engineer Bullet For My Valentine, Cradle of Filth, The Cardigans, Suede)

"Working with Dave was a great experience in every way you would want it to be. We spent months developing our songs to perfection before we started recording and in the three days we spent in the studio with him our songs developed even more due to his incredible ear and song writing ideas. He is a talented professional, and a great guy to work with. We had a lot of laughs, a hell of a lot of fun, but most importantly three amazing sounding tracks were recorded. We have a lot of love for this guy and can’t wait to work with him again!" - The Nigel Passey Band

"David is a stunning engineer/mixer, professional and extremely easy to work with. Ideas and suggestions he brings to the table are always well thought out and add to the track. All in all, top bloke, can't keep up with the northerners on the booze, but excelent at what he does." - Your New Antique (Band)

"Working with David has been amazing. Not only has he got a great ear, he knows what works for me, and is able to tie up all my ideas to make my sound what it is. Having met David for the first time he made me feel at ease, he listened to what I wanted and we then began our musical journey. I come with the Ideas, and he gels them together, he has been my glue and has been my drive force through-out this project, really bringing out the best of me as an artist. I have been able to be creative, feel at ease, have a good laugh and really stay true to my music as David encouraged me to. He is hard working and from engineering through to mastering, anyone who works with David will know they will get quality, dedication and his talent." - Emel Michael (Artist)

"The entire studio atmosphere is conducive to the utmost creativity, from the picturesque surroundings, to the stacks of phenomenal equipment. This goes hand in hand with David's ability to run the studio, and get the very best from each song. I've never met anyone with such an innate understanding of everything recording encompasses, from the technological aspects of ProTools to the creative elements of writing and structuring a new piece. He has certainly helped us craft our best work, and I wouldn't ever want to record in a different environment." - The Summer War (Band)

"Judging by what David Leighton has put out so far he looks certain to have a big future, definitely one to watch" - Tom Simkins (BBC Introducing Presenter)

"David was like a zen master to work with, a very calming presence in the studio with an impeccable ear for over dubs. He really went the extra mile after some producers might have just gone home after doing 'their bit'." - Sam Pickett (Artist)

"This was our first time recording at RiverRun Studios and it definitely won’t be our last. Right from the get go David made us all feel really comfortable and showed a great deal of passion and knowledge, which resulted in a very professional yet enjoyable recording experience. We were so happy with the final recordings that we booked up immediately with David to record our E.P." - The Bluebook Project (Band)

"Working with David has been a real pleasure for us as a band and as individuals. He puts in an awful lot to his work and was really pro active in getting us into the studio. That reflected in the energy and frankly the dedication he showed to our music. With his advice and guidance we were played on the BBC, and are going in for a live radio session soon. Definitely recommended! ” - Have Yacht | Have Not (Band)

"Leighton has developed an extensive knowledge on how each genre is created and how to achieve the best for each artist he works for. Illuminate is a catchy but never cheesy slice of brilliant song writing, both lyrically and musically stunning throughout. Hugely talented musician." - Paul Richards (Music Critic)

"David brings warmth, clarity, character, impact and punch to his productions. His work demonstrates constancy and vision and is on a par with many contemporary commercial releases in his chosen genre. His proficient management of recording sessions is an asset and his personable manner puts artists at ease within the high-pressure environment of the recording studio. David has already fostered a quite extensive client list and resulting portfolio, which places him at the start of an apposite career in the recording industry. If he continues to work at his current rate and standard he will forge a strong path in this field that others will admire and follow." - Daren Pickles (Senior Lecturer/Record Producer)

"David has assisted on a few of my studio sessions and I have always found him hard working and very amenable. He is very friendly and fit's in well with the session. He has also shown a good working knowledge of the whole recording process and particularly good skills using Pro Tools. Having heard some of David's mixes/productions I think that he shows a good grasp of sonic’s and frequency. His mixes have flare and sound well balanced with good clarity" - Matty Moon (Producer/Mix Engineer)

"This is the second record we have made with David Leighton at River Run Studios as we were so impressed with the process and the end result the first time. Dave is very helpful and genuinely enthusiastic about all styles of music from the first stages of the drum tracks right down to the final mix. He is always on hand to lend his honest opinions and his own creative ideas that we would probably never have thought of. With an excellent attention to detail and the patience of a saint Dave made sure we got the sound we were after. We will definitely be back for record number three." - Old School Reasons (Band)

"From start to finish our time at River Run Studios was excellent. Dave Leighton makes sure the process from recording right through to mixing is perfect by suggesting his own flare throughout, he shows a real passion for music and it's this that sets RiverRun apart from the rest. A true ambition to make the most out of anything and everything that goes on inside those four wall’s, we won't be recording anywhere else!" - Taking Liberties (Band)

"David recently recorded and produced an EP for me over three days at River Run Studios. I am so pleased with the results. His attention to detail and creativity have bought a unique and unexpected feel to the music as has his inventive approach to recording and engineering sound. David is patient, calm and puts people at ease whilst always maintaining an efficient, professional environment in the recording space. Over the course of the three days there were a large number of musicians in and out, and this was all managed brilliantly. I would highly recommend him to musicians and bands alike." - Libby Caulfield (Artist)

"We recorded our Debut EP with David Leighton and he made us feel very at ease with the whole process. David got the sound that we were looking for absolutely bang on in each of the tracks, we'll definitely be recording future releases with David." - The Jebs (Band)


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Studio
Riverrun Studios is a long established recording studio that has been making great records since 1991! We are based on the rural Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire border and offer a first class recording facility in a quiet secluded location. With alternative live & control room set-ups for varying acoustics, a lounge area, kitchen and bathroom/shower facilities, our self-contained studio provides a recording haven for all styles of music, artist or band.

Whilst the studio is spacious, it still maintains its character and is a great environment to inspire writing sessions, recording projects or rehearsals. Based around an Apple Mac and Pro Tools rig with Empirical Labs, SSL, Universal Audio, TL Audio and Digidesign preamps/dynamics, we also have an extensive collection of new and classic microphones including AKG, Shure, Sontronics & Rode.

Alongside the recording equipment, we also have a range of instruments available to musicians & artists including a house drum kit, amps, guitars & percussion. The studio itself is based in the quiet village of Potton with easy access to London via the A1 and rail links from Sandy station (40 minutes from/to London Kings Cross). Situated in the area around the studio are also a number of pubs, restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets.
River Run Studios Desk
River Run Live Room
Please drop us an email with any queries, proposals or just to chat about a potential recording project! - info@riverrunstudios.co.uk