University of Northampton music students learn from top producer Tony

Tony Platt in the studio with Popular Music students

Tony Platt in the studio with Popular Music students

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A record producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in music history is passing on his expertise to Popular Music students at the University of Northampton.

Engineer on one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, AC/DC’s Back in Black, Tony Platt has also racked up studio time with Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Motorhead, Foreigner and Iron Maiden.

Starting out in the 1960s at the world-famous Trident Studios, Tony got his big break in his late teens, when he was snapped up by Island Studios.

“In my second week of work at Island, I walked in and there were only three bands in the studio for the next two or three months - The Stones, Led Zeppelin and Free.

“I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” said Tony.

A successful stint at Island led to a glittering four decade-spanning freelance career for Tony, who is now helping the University’s Popular Music undergraduates learn the ropes of studio recording, mixing and mastering, in his role as an Associate Lecturer.

Tony added: “The first thing I say to the students at their first lecture with me is ‘think of yourselves as being in the music industry from this point onwards’.

“Being on a music course is different because from the very first day you can form relationships, build your network up with other musicians and technicians.

“I tell them to find a band and start recording them and put records out. The students have access to wonderful facilities here at the University for three years - for free.”

Dr Nathan Wiseman-Trowse, Associate Professor in Popular Music at the University, is delighted to have Tony amongst his teaching ranks.

He said: “Tony is able to put our students at ease in the studio and encourage a creative and sophisticated approach to recording, mixing and mastering, whilst developing a real sense of professionalism in our undergraduates.

“His input to the course is invaluable, and our students really thrive in his classes. Tony’s depth and breadth of experience amassed during his career is incredible.”