Dave Rhodes

DaveStudio Manager & Head Engineer

I enjoy recording and mixing all styles of music. I’ve always loved being around creative people when they are finding a new sound for the first time, writing the perfect lyric to go with their new melody or pouring their heart and soul into a performance.

In the 4 years I’ve been running Depot Sound recording studio I’ve enjoyed driving some significant upgrades including a new purpose built control room. The upgrades have allowed us to work with larger groups of people and to a higher standard. In the new Studio I’ve had the pleasure of working with The Warratahs (Country album of the year 2016), Brendon Thomas and the Vibes, Push Push, The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, Head Like A Hole, Play it Strange artists and many more.

Before I started at Depot Sound I spent 7 years at Stebbing Recording Centre in Herne Bay. I worked with a huge variety of people from solo artists to orchestras, advertising agencies to community and school groups.  At Stebbing I worked with Six60 and the APO, John Rowles, the Topp Twins, Hollie Smith and lots of other cool musicians of all styles.  I also edited video, authored DVDs and learned a lot about digital media conversions and CD and DVD manufacturing.

Before Stebbing, I spent 9 years making New Zealand On Air funded radio programmes to promote New Zealand music to mainstream radio.  I made shows for The Rock, ZM, The Edge, Classic Hits and smaller regional stations.

During that time I worked closely with Pagan/Antenna records. I recorded, mixed and even made a few music videos for bands like Pluto, Voom, Darcy Clay, Tadpole, Dub Asylum, Sam Hunt and Crumb.

In 2002 I won the Tui (New Zealand Music Award) Engineer of the Year for mixing Blindspott’s debut album.

Outside the studio, I’ve played and recorded with a number of bands including Static Era, 29 Blackbirds and Stylus.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss any recording ideas you have. I love to chat about music and recording so I’m sure we can find a way to achieve whatever crazy vision you have!