Mixing and Mastering Engineer, music producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Andrea Gobbi is from Rome, Italy. He moved to Scotland in 2001, where he began putting together his own recording and music production studio, Carrier Waves. After receiving his Diploma in Audio Engineering at School of Audio Engineering (SAE), he started his career as a composer of electronic music, writing for small film and theatre productions in Scotland and collaborating with Scottish musicians.
Andrea made his name in the Scottish Folk music scene as a live and studio audio engineer and producer, drawn to the challenges of how to best reproduce and represent the energy of live acoustic performances in the ever-changing world of music.
He also has a strong focus on innovation, employing cross genre techniques to further the reach of his music productions.
Andrea's productions started getting noticed at national level during 2013, when three Scottish albums produced/engineered by Andrea were mentioned in The Scottish Herald’s ‘Top 50 Albums Of The Year’: Turn All Memory To White Noise by Laki Mera; Later…When the TV Turns To Static by Glasvegas; Airfix by Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson. He has since produced and engineered several award winning albums and his productions repeatedly feature in UK-wide award ceremonies, such as the Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Songlines magazine awarded Ross Ainslie's 'Sanctuary' and Jarlath Henderson's 'Hearts Broken, Heads Turned' the Top of The World Status, along with 5 star reviews.
One of the projects Andrea co-founded and regularly produced, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton's 'Symbiosis', won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo in 2017, and was nominated for the same award in 2018.
Andrea has recently started working with award winning Scottish folk trio Talisk. Having produced, engineered and mixed their latest release 'Beyond' he has now joined the band as production manager and live engineer.
Andrea won the Producer of the Year award at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2018. As a producer and studio engineer, Andrea is currently highly sought after in the Scottish music scene. He works closely with musicians, producers and arrangers, the likes of Hamish Napier, Ross Ainslie, Duncan Lyall, Patsy Reid, Jarlath Henderson, Greg Lawson, Innes Watson, Seonaid Aitken and many, many more.
Andrea works mostly from GloWorm Recording Studio in Glasgow City Centre. He has also created a brand new pre/post production and edit suite, which is the latest incarnation of his studio, Carrier Waves, conveniently situated in the same building as GloWorm Studios.
As a musician, arranger and composer, Andrea was founder member of Laki Mera, a Glasgow leading electronic and acoustic group that started back in 2001. This project pushed the boundaries of electronic music in the first decade of the millennium, merging it with acoustic and vocal arrangements and employing live samples of machinery, scratches and glitches. It was during his time with Laki Mera that Andrea saw the early stages of his production and composing skills develop, arranging and scoring for strings and brass, as well as playing several string and percussion instruments himself. He continues to have a passion for vintage synthesisers, and has been collecting them for many years along with a number of obscure world music instruments which he uses (where required) to give a unique character to his productions.
As an electronic musician, Andrea is part of the Jarlath Henderson Band, continuing to push the boundaries of electronic music, reproducing textures and grooves from Jarlath's album, with an array of innovative electronic musical instruments, like the wireless audio cubes.
Amongst many other acts, Andrea has been working as a live sound engineer for Treacherous Orchestra (11 piece Scottish Folk ‘super-group’) for over 10 years. He co-engineered their latest release, and also played a key role in their live success, contributing greatly to their sound and musical impact.
Andrea's approach and expertise in music has led him to work with many leading Scottish groups, both live and in the studio. Amongst these are Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Band, Elephant Sessions, Blazin' Fiddles, Ross Ainslie, Hamish Napier, FARA, Talisk, Ímar, Kinnaris Quintet, Old Blind Dogs, Tryst, Breabach, Duncan Lyall, Innes Watson, Angus Lyon, and many more.
Andrea is regularly employed by Showcase Scotland Expo as main audio engineer for their showcases around the world, playing a key role in making sure Scottish music is represented at its best.
Andrea regularly engineers front of house sound for one of the biggest world music festivals in the world, the Rainforest World Music Festival, in Borneo, Malaysia.
His talent as an engineer led Andrea to being headhunted by Glasgow Indie band Glasvegas, who employed him as their live engineer from 2011 to 2014. Glasvegas also worked closely with Andrea on all of their recording projects, including their 3rd release, which the band recorded and mixed with Andrea over the summer/autumn of 2012.
Please check the Discography page for full details on releases.