In-House Head Engineer & Studio Manager
Studio Manager Neil Baldock joined Depot Sound August 2020 returning from Los Angeles where he worked as a freelance engineer for 6 years.Over the past 30 years he has worked with artists like Kanye West, Neil Finn, Crowded House, Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and Head Like a Hole and had the privilege to learn off of some of the world’s best producers like Jim Scott, Joe Chicarelli, Nick Laurnay and Chris Lord Alge. In New Zealand he has been head engineer at both Revolver and Roundhead Studios and lucky enough to work at some of the best studios around the world including Olympic Studio (UK), Metropolis Studio (UK), East West Studio (LA), Sunset Sound (LA) and Paramount (LA). Neil is looking forward to sharing, teaching, encouraging and helping a new generation of artists, engineers and producers, both local and across the greater community, to adapt to the ever changing process of making records in a place designed for creativity, whilst providing a studio environment that can deliver world class results.
Since being immersed in music & volunteering at Depot Sound from his teenage years to graduating from SAE to managing Depot Sound for a period as well as being a performance musician in various bands, Morgan has rapidly built a reputation for quality recordings and sound design, working with many of Auckland’s emerging bands and solo artists.“My job is always changing and includes a mix of recording bands, voiceovers, producing for solo artists and mixing and mastering. I’ve had the pleasure of performing as a musician in a number of bands over the past ten years and am deeply passionate about bringing the joy of live performance into the recording studio.”
Upon completion of his Bachelor of Recording Arts at SAE, Akshay has quickly found himself at Depot Sound after being chosen for the NZ music commission Internship.
“If I can help someone create a piece of music that matches their artistic vision, then that’s a good day’s work…Collaboration over competition.”Akshay is very present within the NZ music scene. Whether it be performing with his band ‘Keith.’ around the country, or recording and producing for other artists such as LB, Holly Afoa, Cardinal Sleepdog, Molly + The Chromatics, King Kapisi and many others.
After Spending ten years recording and performing in bands around the Auckland music scene, Hugh started working out of Depot Sound in 2019.Since then he has worked with a wide variety of artists including Nootropica, László Reynolds, Heretic and Clarence, while continuing to perform in bands such as k m t p. Hugh has a keen interest in recording bands live and electronic music production, which results in the use of a diverse range of techniques in the studio.
After getting his start as a freelance engineer and producer at the Depot in 2018 Harry has gone to win a VNZMA and be apart of the Parachute Producer Development program working closely with the artists in development at parachute music to help develop their sound.“I have a passion for helping an artists find their unique sound and pushing them to dig deep within themselves along the production journey to reach a final result that is unique to them and that they love”
NZ Music Commission Intern
My passion for music started almost 10 years ago when my parents introduced me to the piano and guitar, and it has since grown and evolved into a deep love for recording and music production. Every moment that I’m not recording or mixing, I’m thinking about recording and mixing, or learning about recording and mixing!It’s so crazy that I am able to watch and learn from someone like Neil, and I’m really grateful to both the Depot and the Music Commission to have this opportunity.