Thomas “Mitch” Mitchener is a record producer, operating primarily from his own recording studio, Broadfields in Watford. He has spent the last 12 years working with a raft of rock and indie bands, including Asylums, Hello Operator, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Gallows, and Young Guns. Most recently he produced, engineered, mixed and performed as bassist on the acerbic punk thrash of Blossom, the Top 20 debut album by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes.
A multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass, keys, sax and drums (among others), his experience brings an understanding of the bands he works with. Mitch knows the concerns and creative desires of his artists because he’s been there himself; his background creates a productive studio vibe, while his touring experience brings an intimate knowledge of band dynamics.
Mitch might have cut his teeth with a raft of hard rock bands, but his music influences also extend to dance, pop and soul, and his work isn’t confined to production. Recently he has remixed cuts by the likes of Minus The Bear and punk supergroup, Isles & Glaciers, and he has worked as a live mixer for MTV, working Queens Of The Stone Age track, Better Living Through Chemistry, for the Soundchain series.
In 2015, Mitch was asked to help Secret 7” for their project at Somerset House. The set-up was simple: a pop-up studio was positioned in the grounds of London’s historical building where artists were given 15 minutes to record and cut a single.
“This is a chance to make your own masterpiece,” promised organisers. “Be it a musical performance, spoken word or even a personal message. In the true spirit of Secret 7″ this is intended to be an informal, fun and impromptu experience.” When it came to selecting an experienced and creative studio producer, Mitch was installed at the controls.