I've worked with The Cure, Tricky, Pnau, David Byrne, Neneh Cherry, Erasure, Cyndi Lauper, The Human League, Alison Moyet, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie & Mick Jagger, Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Mission, Marcella Detroit John Lydon, Yazz & Yazoo.
I grew up in rural Hampshire on a farm - a long way from good record shops and clubs. My music listening growing up was mostly radio. And I still love good pop music. I'm always looking to make a song more mass appeal. I love coming up with musical hooks on guitar or keyboards. I do a lot of additional production these days where I have creative input to add parts to take your song to the next level. I'm also just as happy to mix what you send me. I love EDM as much as I do rock, pop, goth and indie.
I'm also a drummer and drum programmer. I work in Logic Pro using Universal Audio Interfaces and have some pretty awesome old school outboard equipment like Telefunken, Neve, and Api mic pres and eqs and Manley, Urei, Pye and Api compressors. I also use many of the great UAD and Wave plug-ins. I have Arturia and Native Instruments virtual keyboards as well as some vintage Roland and Kurzweil synths.
I played in bands as a drummer before starting at West Side Studios in London, owned by the great producers, Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, where I assisted on sessions with great acts like Duran Duran, The Human League, Madness, Asia, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions and I graduated to engineer in time to get some credits for working with David Bowie on the Absolute Beginners soundtrack and Mick Jagger and Bowie's version of 'Dancing In The Street'.
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- The Cure
- David Byrne
- David Bowie
- Mick Jagger
- Cyndi Lauper
- the human league
- Neneh Cherry
- Alison Moyet
- Marilyn Manson
- The Mission UK
- Marcella Detroit
- The Sounds
- Shiny Toy Guns
- teddy geiger
- The Mavis's
- Femi Kuti
- The Sugarcubes
- Ian McCulloch
- Mory Kante
- Lisa Stansfield
- Bomb The Bass
- Depeche Mode
- Robert Plant
- The Chameleons
- Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
- robert wyatt
- Sandie Shaw
6 ReviewsEndorse Mark Saunders
My name is Marcella Detroit aka Marcy Levy. I was part of the band Shakespears Sister and also have worked w Eric Clapton, Elton John & more. Mark produced an album for me in 1995 called "Feeler" and it still sounds so fresh and relevant! He's very deft with sound design, incredible engineering skills, plus he's a fantastic musician. He also produced a song of mine in 2021 called "My Weekend" on my album released in November of that year and did a fantastic job. I can't recommend him more! He's very creative too and likes to try interesting approaches to music which I love.
I could sum Mark up in one word ‘Genius’ and leave it there but I will also go onto say that Mark is the full package, not only an incredible producer, mixer, remixer, musician, writer, creative and Wizard behind my latest single ‘I AM WITCH’ but also an absolute gem of a human being with a heart of gold. Highly skilled and easygoing at the same time.
Being a musician and a composer made me have the tendency to look behind the curtains to find the names of the unsung heroes that make the magic happen in the studio. Mark has definitely been one of them for me being a huge Cure fan. I was actually surprised at how approachable he has been as I quickly asked him to help me with the songs I needed to mix and master. Not only has he made them sound way better, he even took the time to make a few needed artistic decisions that have elevated the music. Mark has truly big ears and has the experience only the best producers possess. A real gem!
I first came across Mark in the 90's through his work with Tricky, Neneh Cherry and Cyndi Lauper. I asked Mark to mix my recent album and it was a great experience. He made everything sound as I'd hoped and was very easy to work with, easily accommodating any changes I wanted to introduce. No hesitation in recommending Mark and I look forward to working with him again soon!
Mark Saunders gets my highest recommendation as a mixer, engineer and a talented and creative musician.I have worked with Mark since the late nineties and the last mix he did for me, for my 2022 release “Everything Is Different, “ was delivered with punch and atmosphere - truly a standout on the record!
Mark has also come up with outstanding tracks and production for songs and commercials and he is always a pleasure to work with ( he has a great sense of humor!)
Having admired Mark’s work for decades, I finally plucked up courage to approach him about producing some remixes for The Vaulted Skies.
The very first bounce I received of ‘What If I Were They Boy?’ was everything you could wish for from a Mark Saunders remix and more. With the need for collaboration minimised in relation to this epic initial version, Mark was generous with his time in broader discussions about songwriting and production generally, and the delivery of a radio edit. They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but I can only find positive things to say about Mark.
Interview with Mark Saunders
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please don't be shy to reach out. If I like what you are doing/creating, I'll do my best to accommodate you!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: If I could afford a full time studio maintenance guy, I'd go for analogue any day. The tape machine would have to be from the mid 70s to the early 80s - I think that was the greatest era for most gear actually. The problem is keeping the old gear up and running!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That generally working on music doesn't feel like 'work'. When I'm working on something I love, time fly's and I don't want to stop!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How many tracks/parts have you laid down in the song you want me to mix.....and then I pray it's under 48.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My 1968 Epiphone Riviera electric guitar, my laptop with Logic Pro, a good two channel mic pre, my Flares Pro headphones and my Soundelux U96 mic.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Clean up the bottom end! Get rid of extraneous low end from vocal mics and acoustic guitar mics. It all adds and contributes to muddiness and confused bass notes.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in Logic Pro (since V1.0 in '94!) using a UAD Apollo interface and UAD Plug-ins. I also have old school outboard mic pres, compressors, eqs though by Manley, Neve, Api Urei. I use Arturia, Native Instruments, ReFx Nexus and Addictive Drums for synth, keyboards and drum sounds. My favourite vocal mic is my Soundelux U96 but I also have a Neumann U87 and other Neumann, Audio Technica, Sennheiser and Rode mics.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Hard questions to answer as I love lots of different musicians and production styles. At the moment, I love the production on the Dua Lipa records and Harry Styles - I also really like them as artists. I love Steely Dan and the production, musicianship and especially the engineering on those records. I'm all over the map really. Love Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Cure, Kate Bush.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: More mixing and additional production these days