Sean Boyd started as a musician, playing banjo at five and adding instruments along the way. Strongest on guitar, Sean also plays organ, percussion, piano, bass and a few others less competently like the bagpipes and fiddle. Writing songs and recording his own records as well as being a sideman on numerous records introduced him to to recording. Early in his career he was lucky to work in great studios with very talented producers which built his respect for high fidelity and the process of making a record – technical, musical and emotional. The Artfarm is a reflection of Sean’s vision of what kind of space allows the greatest artistic expression.
Moving from the studio to the control room was a natural evolution. Studying and playing numerous instruments, including voice, gives Sean an insight into performance and composition which helps him guide musicians to achieving 110% of what they are capable of. The use of tape machines in recording and mixing adds a finesse to any recording and Sean’s keeping tape machines alive and well is a sure sign of his technical prowess.
“The style of music is irrelevant”, says Sean, “If somebody cares enough to write a piece of music then it is my job to reveal the emotion of the piece through the recording process”. Sean has recorded traditional, kirtan, folk, rock-n-roll, classical, dance, world music and spoken word at the Artfarm and feels every project is a challenge to be embraced.
An impeccable ear and the patience of a monk, Sean is enthusiastic about music and making great records.