Phelan Kane (born 12 April 1972, in St Albans, England) is a London based Music Producer, Recording and Mix Engineer Musician, Mastering Engineer and Music Programmer. For almost twenty years he has been active in the music industry making tea, producing, programming, engineering, editing, mixing, performing & teaching.
His credits and clients include sources as diverse as Placebo, Dido, Snow Patrol, Fad Gadget, Babyshambles, Elastica, Bluestone Studios, Phil Vinall, Fun-da-mental, Hut, Chris Wyles, Witness, X-FM, The Drum, V2, The Duke Spirit, Cardboard Disco, One Little Indian, Sasha Skarbeck, Toyota, Aziz Ibrahim, Arista, Yamaha, Ed O’Brien, Alabama 3, Polydor, Lukas Burton, The British Film Institute, Laurence Colbert, Universal, Segs Jennings, Amanda Ghost, Island, Samantha Mumba, PIAS, Steve Dub, dEUS, Channel 4, WEA, Titan, Sony / BMG, Phil Selway, Fangoria, Mute, Zoe, Das Pop, Beggars Banquet, Boy George & Lalalover.
In 2001 Phelan worked closely with pioneering synth Mute recording artist, the late great Fad Gadget a.k.a. Frank Tovey, playing an instrumental part in Fad Gadget’s support on Depeche Mode’s 2001 ‘Exciter’ tour and as part of the Fad Gadget band, performing at Euro Rock in Benelux and Wembley Arena.
Ever a devotee of electronic music, his obsession continued through the next twenty years or so of rave culture and all its associated web of genres and styles, from the growth of Chicago House and Detroit Techno through to the birth of Drum & Bass, the invention of Tech House & the early DMZ Dubstep parties.
Meta Junction Recordings
He is currently running electronic, techno and house label Meta Junction Recordings (www.metajunctionrecordings.com). Meta Junction is a community of London-based electronic musicians and progressive experimentalists working with classic hardware and innovative software. The community’s output mixes a wide range of styles uninhibited by arbitrary labeling, marrying digital communication and new technology with analogue music production methods. Meta nurtures innovation and the characters of Meta Junction are a broad pallet - an inclusive mix of music makers and talents to enhance the electronic spectrum.
The Meta sound was born from an obsession with vintage analogue Moog, ARP & Oberheim synthesizers, modular systems, classic effects units, dub production techniques and a big arse Calrec mixing desk that takes the output way out of the box – with a nod to the classic sounds of the electronic trail blazers and confirmation that the computer is only one part of the production mix.
For over thirteen years he has been involved with delivering and designing contemporary popular music education at HE level. For two years he was the Head of Higher Education at London based Tech Music School and was instrumental in designing, project managing and delivering undergraduate Bachelor Honours degrees in Music Production, Songwriting, Music Business and Popular Music Performance, stepping down to continue post graduate study. He is currently a Senior Music Production Tutor at TMS, specialising in DAW, synthesis, sampling and audio processing. Radiohead members Ed O'Brien and bandmate Phil Selway had music technology lessons with Phelan at Tech Music School in London in 2001.
In 2006 he completed a Masters degree in Audio Technology from the London College of Music. He became one of the first wave of Ableton Certified Trainers in 2008 and Kane has recently embarked on the path of Digital Audio DSP with study for a second Masters in Digital Music Processing. He is an active member of the UK’s Music Producers Guild, holds a PG Cert in Learning & Teaching, is an Affiliate of the Institute for Learning, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Audio Engineering Society. He owns a very (un)healthy collection of samples, plugs and DAW toys and possess an obsession with synthesis and owns many vintage analogue synthesizers such as modular systems, Moog’s, ARP’s and Oberheim’s.