Advanced Music Production alumni, Alex Gamble, is “kicking ass,” said Grammy winning engineer, producer and mixer Dave Schiffman. Since graduating in 2013, Alex has been very busy making his mark on the Canadian music scene. In 2014, Alex moved to Toronto where he began as an intern at Union Sound Company. “My career has developed a great deal,” said Alex. “Lately I split my time between mixing, engineering, production, and assistant engineering at Union. I really have to thank the owners of the studio for helping to get things going for me – Leon Taheny, Chris Stringer, and Ian Gomes. They have been incredibly supportive of me; introducing me to musicians, allowing me to collaborate on their projects, and being great all around mentors.”
Alex explained that everything in his career kicked off because of an opportunity he received while he was a production student at Nimbus.
“Keith Parry knew a band who was looking to have a student assist on a record they were making. I put my name forward, and everything started happening from there. Eventually I met Leon, who was producing the record. We enjoyed working together and kept in touch. Next thing you know, he is asking me to come to Toronto to help him build a new studio. I packed up the car and drove to Toronto as soon as I graduated!”
Alex worked with Dave Schiffman when he came to Union Sound to record an album for the band Pup. “I was Assistant Engineer during the sessions. Working with Dave was a great experience. He’s recorded some of my favourite albums (Mars Volta, System of a Down, Vampire Weekend), so having the chance to watch him work taught me a lot.”
What are you working on now?
“2015 has been very busy. Earlier in the year I flew back to Vancouver to produce 7 songs for a great singer songwriter named Adam Giles Levy. I just finished producing two singles for a talented new rock band called London Stone. I’ve recorded a couple releases worth of material for the band Germaphobes, the first of which is coming out in a few weeks. I’ve mixed records for Benjamin Hermann, Selina Martin, and Harvey Cameron. I also got the chance to record some music written by The Bruce Peninsula for the soundtrack of a film called Sleeping Giant. During my off time, I’ve also been writing my own music.”
What are you most proud of?
The Gold Record Award I received from Nimbus was a really special accomplishment. That year did so much for me, both as an engineer and as a person. It changed my life completely, and being recognized in that way by the school meant a lot.
Listen to some of the music Alex has recently worked on:
- Germaphobes – “Magic Eye” (Noisey Premiere)
- Benjamin Hermann – Windows Wide Open
- London Stone – Let It Ride
- Animal Atlas – Mollasses (Mixed by Alex. Produced by fellow Nimbus alumnus Dylan Irvine)
- Legs – Bones Will Roll (Mixed by Alex. Produced by Nimbus Alumnus Brendan Guy)