Rob Currie is a producer and sound engineer based in Gravenhurst, Ontario. He keeps a studio at Currie's Music, a well-known eclectic shop he operates with his brother, Andrew.
Rob's style in the studio emerges from his geek-level love of uncommon vintage equipment and an interest in authentic sounds produced through the use of natural reverb and room effects. With an appreciation for realistic, "human" qualities in recorded music, Rob embraces honest sound and happy accidents. He has an experimental approach to tracking, and is a wealth of knowledge and ideas when it comes to mic techniques and ambient sound. Rob works both creatively and technically with musicians in the studio, bringing the best performance forward during recording, whether by recommending new approaches to phrasing, chording or singing, or simply waiting for the perfect take to happen - he reaches to capture the perfect balance of emotion and musicianship.
Rob's personal music collection is a vast and genre-spanning library. Albums that frequent his turntable are by Swans, Frank Zappa, The Weakerthans, Hank Williams, Taylor Swift, The Wooden Sky, Joel Plaskett, The Poques, Loretta Lynn and Against Me. As a result of many years teaching guitar, playing in bands and working as a session musician, Rob's taste in music is far-reaching and his appreciation translates into dedication and care in the studio and a passion for working with great artists of all styles. From the sweet, sad sounds of a pedal-steel played by Burke Carroll, to the raw punk rock of Raymond Luxury Yacht, haunting collaborations with acclaimed alt-country artist, Bet Smith and experimental rhythms with Johnny Fay of The Tragically Hip, Rob's list of projects grows more interesting all the time.
The recording studio at Currie's Music is a comfortable, welcoming space for musicians. Dimly lit, cozy, eclectically furnished and unpretentious, the room inspires creativity, concentration and a sense of ease.
Rob's interest in natural reverb recently lead to a project with composer and piano player, Dan McCoy, tracking late at night at the Gravenhurst United Church. Rob has also recorded live performances for artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Walter Trout, Tim Reynolds (from the Dave Matthews Band), Cameo Blues Band, Marc Jordan and Shirley Eikhard.
With a passion for independent music, Rob aims to make it possible for talented artists on a tight budget to record great albums in his studio.