A LOCAL music producer who set up his own recording studio in a derelict barn has been invited to work in Sweden and California.
James Auger has just returned home to Rosedale Lane, Port Mulgrave after a stint working for a record label in Sweden and later this year will be jetting out to the sunny state of California to work for producers over there.
It is only two years since he started his own recording studio - an idea he dreamed up while studying music at Whitby Community College.
Along with his dad Bob, who provided musical inspiration for James through his own love of blues, country, rock and heavy metal music, they came across the barn which was no more than “a pile of bricks” at Red House Farm, Boulby.
They spent six months doing it up and the business took off from there with them charging music makers an hourly rate.
James (19) said: “To start with I didn’t really expect to get bands that were established to come to me. I thought they would think ‘oh he is only 18 and has no idea’ but I did some things for friends and from word of mouth it went from there really.”
One of his clients now is Richard Hawley, a former guitarist with Pulp.
James added: “Moving abroad all started with music exchange trips with Whitby College and ever since I did them I had always wanted to move to Sweden so I sent a portfolio to a couple of labels and got a reply.
“It is an amazing place but really expensive and ridiculously cold. California was the same kind of thing, I have some friends on Long Beach and they said if I get a job I can stay with them so come summer I will be working at both of them so I can’t wait.”
In between Sweden and California James will also be manning a mobile recording studio in the North East where he hopes to take the art of music production to local schools and youth groups.