·Mix engineering

· CD mastering

· Voice Overs

· Audio Editing

· Post-production

· Location recording

· Engineering for FM broadcast

· Live sound engineering

· Compiling MP3 libraries from CD & Vinyl


· And much, much more………


Simon Hanson's career in sound engineering has spanned more than 35 years. Initially as guitarist and vocalist with the band "Omen" (Click here to listen to a three track demo), he took on the responsibility of managing the band's PA system. In 1976 after a chance meeting in a music shop Simon secured the job of engineer with "John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett" (John Otway) touring the UK and Europe, as well as being credited as a musician on their "Deep and Meaningless" album (…if you can call a fire extinguisher an instrument!!!).

In 1979 he joined up as sound engineer with a jazz funk outfit "Stikki Stuff" spending two years on the UK circuit. Through '81 and '82 the band toured with Level 42, Shakatak, Shalamar, Light of the World and the UK Players. Of course with Simon providing all their audio engineering needs.

For the next several years Simon freelanced, doing live sound for many bands and live events. Then in 1989 he teamed up with his trusted friends Adrian Smith and Paul Moore to open the "Blue Note Jazz Club" in Hemel Hempstead (Blue Note) followed a few years later by the "Red Note Jazz Club" in St Albans, "Junction 5" in Watford, "The Boogie & Blues Club" in Hemel Hempstead and "The Jazz Works" in Hove. Simon always ensured that the clubs provided the best in terms of audio equipment and audio Quality. Personally overseeing the gigs, to ensure his stringent standards were consistently met.

During 2005/6 Simon relocated from the South East of England to Cumbria and established his new company "ImoProductions" which along with many other things has mixed and mastered the Cumbrian band Sonic Tradition's latest album (sonictradition). He also engineered the live sound for Welfare State International's "Longline: The Carnival Opera" (Guardian review, Welfare State International).

2007 has brought Simon new challenges and successes including working with Andy Jupp, a.k.a. the "Charityshop dj" (Charityshopdj), and for the first time he ventured into the world of Engineering for FM broadcast at this years Solfest music festival (Solfest), with "Solfest fm". Broadcasting live for three days to a 15 mile radius around the festival site from the live stages along with live acoustic sessions and interviews with performers and artists including "Badly Drawn Boy".

2008 Simon took time out in the early part of the year to travel to a small village in India and teach in a local school (Check out the 'Madla School' tab here). This year "Solfest fm" was even bigger and better than last year and edited highlights can be listened to at the solfestfm website. Simon has also been working with local artist Dan Fox and demonstrated Dan's 'Interactive Body Suits' (a MIDI based radio linked, audio visual performance art concept) at a 'Art Locates Me' function held at the Lantern House International facility in Cumbria.

2009 Along with the usual mixing, mastering and post production work, Simon was asked to put his old 'Front of House' engineers hat back on to do some live work with the very exciting Balkanics Band. Simon was also involved in the Initiative Arts 'Pre-Vent' venture, a temporary installation of an audio visual arts project in a vacant town centre shop, where students of Accrington Academy and people in the street talked about community and extremism. Again this year Solfest fm broadcast live festival highlights to the surrounding area. During September and October Simon went on a six week road trip in the Indian Himalayas with his good friend Andy Jupp a.k.a. the "Charityshop dj" (Charityshopdj) as part of a pilot project using music to bridge cultural boundaries.

2010 First job of the year...mastering Cumbrian band Wierdstring's latest album. Then more of the usual "bread and butter" work. Simon has laso ventured into the world of video this year with a commission to edit a short promotional film for the Bombay Picture Palace.

Again Simon moves into another new field as Production Manager for Dan Fox's latest street theatre production "Adrift" which is funded by the Arts Council and Lakes Alive.

2011 Just a few highlights

Boom Bike gig in Preston for More Music

Quadrophonic sound system for a gig as part of the FON festival organised by the Octopus collective.

An all day live mobile webcast of "The Commentators" for the AND Festival

Recording 5 tracks by the Boom Bike Big Band at the More Music Hot House facility

Providing audio enhancement for "Childs Play" a musical play written by Kinks singer Ray Davies CBE. Also providing audio feeds for the film crew (interview with Ray, Video of play) and the BBC (see review)

2012 Just a few highlights

Taking part in the Sci-Fi-London 48 Hour Film Challenge with Dreamtime Film. Boom mic and audio editing assistant. "The Dial".

Various "Boom Bike" gigs.....Stoke 100 Community parade organised by B-Arts & Preston carabian carnival

Wirless headphone Battle of preston reanactment

Festival No. 6....Supporting Sound Intervention Installing 5 sound sculptures and a mobile PA system

2013 A few highlights

Recorded a three song demo for Little Island

Installed a quadraphonic PA system for the Octopus Collectives Full Of Noises (FON) 2013 concert at the Nines in Barrow in Furness

Worked with Sound Intervention to install Howling Wire at Beacons Festival

Working with local Cumbrian singer song writer Rita Baugh. Mixing and mastering her debut album Housework which includes a track produced by Ken Stringfellow (REM). See her winning The Furness Building Society Charity Challenge (great intro....!!).

Client List

Dick Morrissey and Ian Taylor Trio

John Etheridge Quartet

Rico's All Star Ska Band

Jim Mullen

Phil Mulford's System X

Roadside Picnic

Martin Taylor with David Newton and Andy Cleyndert

Alec Dankworth's Acoustic Tamba

Nine Below Zero

Johnny Mars Blues Band

Gordon Giltrap & Martin Taylor

The Tina May Quintet

The Claire Martin Quintet

Jazz Jamaica

The Theo Travis Band

Tony Remy

The Stan Tracey Quartet

Mulford/Macfarlane Group

The Sarah Jane Morris Band

Jason Rebello

Geno Washington

Jackie Leven

Paul Moran's B3 Smokin'

Sonic Tradition

Otway & Barrett

Jacqui Dankworth and Field of Blue

The Laurence Cottle Quintet

Ray Gaskins

Dennis Rollins - Badbone

Jean Toussaint Quartet

Lloyd Ryan Quartet

Conrad Herwig Quartet

Sax Appeal

Kimbara Brothers


Dudley Phillips Definite Turn

Antonio Forcione and

Eduardo Niebla

Noel McCalla

Big City Brass

Stuart Hall Quartet


Pigs Heads Sons

Hard Lines

Pot Pourri

Steve Arguelles


Vic Hugo's Picante

Greg Lyons Quartet


The Fairclough Group

Coup D'Etat

The New Noakes Quartet


The Ian Shaw Band



La Clave

The Janette Mason Band

Orphy Robinson - Annavas



Carol Grimes and Ian Shaw

Paul Lamb and the King Snakes

Todd Sharpville and the Blues Barons

Ray Gelato and The Giants of Jive


Lamin and Tobabbolu

The Polly Brown Blues Band

Tiger Lily & The Jitterbugs


The Bop Brothers

Buzz Brown and The Stingers

The Desperate Dan Blues Band

Orquesta Salsa Y Ache

The Jerry Playle Band

The Ed Bentley Blue Note Quartet

The Elmores

Anita Carmichael

Edward II


The Beaujolais Band


The Budapest Café Orchestra

Dee Roe

The Whole Thing

Dave O'Higgins Quartet

The Graham Robins Band

Tim richard's grooveyard

Cubana Bop

The Creative Force

The Tim Garland Quintet


Soul Station

The Township Express


Christine Tobin

Anita Kelsey

The Dirty Dogs

SG Groove Express


The Robin Jones Latin Jazz Sextet


Noel McKoy

Grupo X

Protect The Beat

Soukous Koumbele

Anita Wardell Quartet

Stikki Stuff

Cow Licks

Charityshop dj


Viva Santana

Sound Interventions Ltd

The Balkanics Band


More Music

Octopus Collective

The Commentators

AND Festival

Grizedale Arts

Ray Davies

Rita Baugh