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Iwan Gronow - Johnny Marr/Eyecatchmusic

Musician, Writer, Producer
Iwan Gronow
Eyecatchmusic

Iwan Gronow enjoyed hit singles and a top 20 album with the band Haven and now plays bass in Johnny Marr's band as well as running Eyecatchmusic with his writing partner Tom Twemlow. They record music together and also produce sync music for film and TV, and all with a variety of Astons...

Haven, Mutineers, Eyecatchmusic, Johnny Marr, Sentric Music
How to catch music

I grew up in Cornwall and moved to Manchester 18 years ago with the band Haven. We were managed by the late great Joe Moss and produced by Johnny Marr and were signed to Radiate, a subsidiary of Virgin in 2000. Our debut album Between the Senses charted in the top 20 and also included the hits Say Something and Til the End which we performed on Top of the Pops.

I have now been a member of Johnny Marr's band since 2013, and have toured the world and played many festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella and Fuji Rock. I have also appeared on TV programs such as Later With Jools Holland and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Myself and Tom Twemlow played in a Manchester band called Mutineers and the band released the album Friends, Lovers and Rivals. Since being in the Mutineers, we have continued to write and record music together and we have also now formed Eyecatchmusic. At present we are putting together a body of work, leading towards having a substantial amount of quality material to push towards being used for film and TV work.

A/B to go-to

My recording set up is actually pretty simple really. I use Avid Pro Tools with a Universal Audio Apollo interface. I would generally use the UA Neve 1073 plug-in from the Apollo as well as a compressor plug-in to track down guitars, bass and vocals. Guitar wise I now use the Aston Spirit mic with my Vox AC15 amp. For vocals it also has to be the Spirit mic. I’ve tried a few mics but the Spirit has to be far and away the best one for me and my voice.

We actually A/B’d the Spirit next to a Neumann TLM103 Mic and also a Neumann TLM 193 just to see which we preferred. It turns out that the Aston mic was a lot smoother and clearer on the top end. It worked really well with the vocal treatments we were using and it was just perfect for our tracks. At present we are working with Sentric Music. For well over a year now I have been using Aston mics for this project and they have simply trumped any other mics we have used.

Just recently I recorded an acoustic track with my Martin guitar using the Spirit. I was so pleased with how rich the sound was, having struggled with other mics doing the same type of recording. The Spirit is now definitely my go-to mic.

Drum wise we’ve been using the Origin for the bass drum and the Starlights for the overheads, and we have also been using the Starlights for guitars. I find all the Aston Mics good all rounders with no end to recording possibilities. There is no doubt that Aston is my word of mouth.

Out-takes

Q. If you weren’t working in music what would you be doing?
A. “Living in Cornwall, eating pasties, surfing, skating and doing as little as possible.”

Q. What would your fantasy mic be?
A. “A mic that would do everything an Aston mic would, plus water and feed me so I wouldn’t have to stop recording.”

Q. What are the 4 words you’d chose to describe Aston, or your experience with the brand?
A. “Friendly, ambitious, vibrant and informative.”

Q. What is the first song that made you cry?
A. "Sam Cooke -  A change is gonna come"

Q. Who are your favourite artists?
A. Gerstein: “Magazine, Arthur Lee and Love, Blind Faith, Skip Spence, Brian Eno, Modest Mouse, The Horrors, Broken Social Scene and Mogwai.”

Aston Credits

Aston gear has been used on the following projects...

Eyecatchmusic

Sentric Music

Johnny Marr

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