Famous Times was started in 2001 by Musician/Producer Sean Read and is based at his home in Clapton, Hackney, East London. Designed by a musician with musicians in mind Famous Times aims to provide an inexpensive yet great sounding, professional studio that has a relaxed, inspiring atmosphere conducive to making really good music. The studio has a spacious, stylish and comfortable control room with a separate, acoustically treated recording room that is large enough to record a live band. There is a range of Analogue and Digital recording equipment including a Tascam 1″ 16 track reel to reel tape machine, a great mic collection, loads of valve outboard gear, some guitars and amps as well as a variety of other instruments including a vintage Ludvig drum kit, a Hammond C3 Organ with Leslie 122 speaker, a Wurlitzer and various keyboards. There is also a baby grand piano upstairs. See Recording Equipment and Instruments for a full spec of the studio and its equipment.
Sean Read has been a professional musician for over twenty five years and a Producer and Engineer for twenty. He plays Keyboards, piano, saxophone, trumpet, percussion and sings. Sean Read is a member of Kevin Rowland’s Dexys and has played and recorded with Manic Street Preachers and Edwyn Collins for many years. Sean was an original member of Beth Orton’s band, playing on her first four albums and co-writing tracks on Central Reservation. Sean has also played and recorded with Chrissie Hynde, Graham Coxon, James Dean Bradfield (on his solo project) and The Soul Savers feat. Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) and is an original member of The Rockingbirds who’s latest album he produced, recorded and mixed at Famous Times. Sean Read has recorded, mixed and mastered dozens of artists (see client list and discography) and his production credits include Dexys latest Album ‘Let The Record Show’ (top 10 UK Album Charts June 2016), the new Tracyanne & Danny record, the side project of Camera Obscura‘s Tracyanne Campbell and Danny Coughlan, is currently working on production of Edwyn Collins‘ forthcoming album ‘Badbae’ with whom he is writing and recording the soundtrack to the forthcoming film ‘Always, Sometimes, Never’ written by Frank Cotterel-Boyce and starring Bill Nighy, Sam Riley and Jenny Agutter and previously produced The Rails ‘Marvellous Companion’ (Island), Beth Orton songs on ‘Pass In Time’ (EMI), Fionn Regan ‘100 Acres Of Sycamore’ (Heavenly), Pete Greenwood ‘Sirens’ (Heavenly), James Walbourne ‘Drugs and Money’ EP (Heavenly).