Monnow Valley Studio Team
Jo has worked in the music industry for over 25 years. Her career began at APT Distribution (now PIAS) in York, stock controlling releases for numerous indie labels including PIAS, KLF Communications and Too Pure. She took the role of Production Manager at Mushroom/ Infectious Records before moving back into label management at BMG Distribution. A call asking her to join the PR team at the newly formed V2 Records in 1996 saw Jo relocate to Wales where she was instrumental in developing new signings, Stereophonics. In 2000, the arts organisation, Community Music Wales, received funding from Europe to assist young Welsh musicians into employment and Jo took the position of project manager, mentoring artists including Bullet For My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend and Lostprophets. It was there she discovered two bands, who she would later go on to manage full time – Jarcrew and People In Planes. Jarcrew signed with Gut Records in 2004 whilst People In Planes signed to US indie Wind Up Records in early 2005. She took on running Monnow Valley Studio in the summer of 2006.
Studio Manager Megan joined us here at Monnow Valley at the start of 2014 having previously studied Music Technology at Swansea Metropolitan University majoring in Music Business. She partook in work experience at Monnow Valley back in 2007 and has continued to work closely with the team before finally joining us permanently last year. Since graduating, Megan travelled around Australia for a year before deciding to return to the UK to develop her career within the music industry.
Tom is a freelance producer based in Monmouth and was in fact our in-house engineer at Monnow Valley Studio for 3 years in his late teens/early 20s. In Tom’s time freelancing and as our in-house engineer, he has worked closely with key recording artists including The Enemy, Bullet For My Valentine, Iggy Azalea, Future Of The Left, and worked on albums released through key labels such as Warner Bros, Sony, XL and 4AD.
Matt graduated the Tonmeister Music & Sound Recording course in 2015, with previous studio and live experience with Peter Gabriel Ltd at Real World Studios. As an assistant, Matt has worked for artists including Peter Gabriel, Atif Aslam and The Steve Rothery Band, as well as engineering and producing for Capitol artist Frances.
Beau has joined us for a year on work-placement from the Tonmeister Music & Sound Recording course.