Supertone’s Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell set each other a playful challenge of choosing seven songs each by musicians and artists that have influenced them and changed their world as songwriters and musicians.
They share stories about the incredible era of music and the musicians that have inspired them, playing guitar and bass, the obligatory gear-geeking, studio recording techniques, songwriting, the influence of movies on music, the power of the groove, great Auntie Winnie from Wales and the excitement of thinking about what 2016 will bring.
Simon also tells of how he has been tormented by Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash for 40 years.
The show features music by David Bowie, The Beatles, Wishbone Ash, The Jackson 5, Led Zeppelin, The Temptations, and many more.
*It was recorded in-between Christmas and the New Year before the devastating death of David Bowie.
This episode is sponsored by DWJ Pedals - the best vintage style pedals on the market!
A must-listen show for music lovers!
Photo: Phil Kneen
Clients of the Supertone Studio will now be able to enjoy our 'Rock'n'Roll ketchup, homemade from local ingredients: guaranteed to galvanise your groove!
Don't miss the fantastic new episode of The Supertone Show podcast out now!
Supertone's Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell chat to uber talented flautist, vocalist and music educator Erin "Marisol" Corine.
This is a special show in so many ways - Erin has such a passion for music and is bursting with vitality and enthusiasm for everything from music education to her latest Project Neo-Nina, which is receiving rave reviews - combine that with an exceptional sense of humour and you get a dynamite of show!!
It also features music from Betty Who, Hiatus Kaiyote, Yolanda Adams and Miguel Poveda plus a mystery track which is the song that makes you want to turn the radio OFF!
This episode is sponsored by Van Weelden Amplification, one of the best Dumble clones available - as used by Joe Bonamassa.
Photo: Simon Taylor
Happy New Year / Feliz Año Nuevo
We are kicking off 2016 with a Willy Wonka meets Reggae groove on The Supertone Show podcast.
Simon Campbell and Suzy Starlite chat to producer, kickass bass player and musician Will Lydgate from Steelgrass Recording Studio in Kauai, Hawaii.
The show is something of an introductory reggae masterclass and covers everything from its origins through to how to create a reggae groove, the current trend of five stringed bass guitars to the wonders of growing cacao beans on his farm.
It also features music from The Roots Radics, The Wailers, Bob Marley and Cas Haley.
This week's show is sponsored by DWJ Boutique Pedals
New gear demo video series by Simon Campbell. The first episode features the mighty Van Weelden 'Twinkleland' amplifier which sounds amazing!
This week on the Supertone Show, Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell chat to Carol Mendoza - songwriter, actress and lead singer of LIMBOTHEQUE - one of the best and musically refreshing bands in Spain.
The show is based around music featuring songs from Little Richard, Kitty Daisy & Lewis to 'On the Floor' - a track from her latest album 'Crash.' They chat about life growing up in Spain when Franco was in power, musical influences, the creative process working with Limbotheque, inspirational stories, exciting new projects, the mighty paella...and have a lot of fun in the process.
This show is sponsored by Gartone Amps.
In a perfect collaboration of Tone Masters, Supertone's Simon Campbell has been working closely with the most excellent Dan Whitelock-Jones from DWJ Pedals on developing a new range of Supertone pedals and amplifiers.
There will be some cool twists to classic designs.
Needless to say, they will have a 'Super Tone'.
MIGHTY LICKS is a new series of bite-sized Blues-Rock guitar lessons from British Blues Awards nominee Simon Campbell and features the Van Weeldon Twinkleland amp, loved by many guitar players including Joe Bonamassa.
A new video will be released every day for seven days.
Feel free to share with your guitar playing friends...
Photo: Simon Taylor
This week Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell chat to GRAMMY award winning engineer Manuel Tomas. A really interesting and fun show, especially relevant for aspiring engineers and music producers. They chat about his time living and working in LA, recording techniques, how to get the best out of bands and play some of his favourite tracks, including one in particular that really turns him off!
The show is sponsored by DWJ Boutique Pedals.
Supertone Records are compiling a list of world class session musicians for work on future projects at their vintage residential recording studio in Valencia, Spain. If you would like to be included, please send us your day and hourly rates, plus a biography and some examples / links to your work to [email protected]
Estamos confeccionando una lista de músicos de sesión para nuestro estudio. Si quieres estar incluido envíanos tus días disponibles y horarios,un currículum y algunos ejemplos de tu trabajo a [email protected]
The Supertone Show is a new music-based podcast where Simon Campbell and Suzy Starlite play music and talk to musicians, producers, engineers and artists who are either on tour or working in Valencia, Spain.
In this episode, Simon and Suzy had a really interesting and informative chat with Canadian musician Claude Robillard from the band Daze of Dawn.
They covered everything from his musical inspirations, the current political climate in Canada, life in Spain, Led Zeppelin, recording techniques, to the intimate secrets of the contents of his fridge.
A new show is released every two weeks. Please share with your friends and if you want to get in contact, email: [email protected]
It's great fun meeting people and hearing their stories....
Following a long and arduous search, we are delighted to announce that Jörn Braun has been appointed as our new business manager who will be handling all our the music related affairs.
It is important to find the right person who totally believes in both your music and creative vision and Jörn is just the person we were looking for. He brings to the table a wealth of music industry experience and knowledge both in Europe and Internationally, having worked with Sony Music Entertainment Germany and RTL for many years and is a thorough professional with a great sense of humour - all the requisites of a great manager.
For all enquiries; festivals /live music performance, production, recording studio, publishing, licensing - please contact: [email protected]
We have started a series of music based podcasts, hosted by Simon Campbell and Suzy Starlite recorded at Supertone Records residential recording studio in Estivella, Valencia.
The 'Supertone Show' is released every two weeks and features people from the creative community: artists, producers, sound engineers and musicians who are living in and around Comunidad Valenciana, Spain, plus our studio clients and international artists travelling through the Province!
The first one will be released at 2000 UT (2100 CET) on Sunday, November 8th, 2015 and features guitarist and producer Angel Vela (pictured with Suzy in the photo).
We will be talking about music they love & hate, cool people they've worked with and admire, gear-geeking, their own creative work, what's in their fridge, their life experiences... and adding a bit of cultural flavour with reflections about what it’s like to be in real Spain (with maybe the odd Spanish lesson thrown in...)
It's pretty sweary and irreverent, and not for the easily offended ;)
Supertone Records will be running The Supertone Stage at Estudio Loft Co-Social as part of the inaugral MUV Circuito de Musica Urbana Festival in Ruzafa, Valencia.
Musicians performing at this charming and characterful venue are Jerez Texas (the official opening performance for the festival), Grup Instrumental de València with Isabel Julve and Ricardo Esteve, DJ Paco Valiente, Dómisol Sisters, Albert Sanz Trio, DJ Will - Reggae Night - Sounds of Jamaica, Adrian Levi and Canibaal Music & Poetry and Erin Corine - Project Neo-Nina.
Supertone's Simon Campbell and Suzy Starlite will also be performing (The Starlite Campbell Band).
Four days of music, artists, DJ sets and performance in venues and outside in the streets across Ruzafa; a vibrant, creative and individual district of the city.
The MUV Festival will be the place to hang out in Valencia...
Fabulous review by Liz Aiken at Bluesdoodles!!!
"Bluesdoodles is back for the second time in a week to this unique and very special venue, the welcome and warmth from the moment you step into The Convent, through to the show where the sound has a depth that you would not expect from an old chapel sound that resonates with echoes of the stone and vaulted ceilings.
Tonight in Stroud and across the world via Netgig we have Simon Campbell & Suzy Starlite a duo who create music with a wealth of skill on guitar and bass, and joining them on the stage was Danilo Adriano Argenti Gener completing the rhythm section on drums and Christian Madden on Hammond and Grand Piano filling in the sound so that the audiences were drawn into every varied rack offered tonight.
Simon is definitely upfront with guitar playing that ranges from controlled blues, melodic acoustic, Rock n’ Roll energy and the exploration of the strings in the style of Prog Rock, in his white suit and straw hat he grasped your attention; and, more importantly, it was retained throughout the gig.
He would not have the freedom to explore his music if he did not have a rhythm section that was that rare combination solid but not staid, the drumming from Danilo was inspiring sometimes showing that it can be more effective to do less with well-timed drum beats augmenting the full sound being delivered by the guitar keyboard combination.
Danilo’s little half-shuffles and the use of sticks, standard, percussive mallets and brushes often with more than one type of stick in one hand there is a tonal texture and subtlety not normally heard from the back.
Supporting Danilo in creating a rhythm section with hidden depths is Suzy Starlite whose bass playing engaged and was the perfect foil for the enthusiastic playing from Simon; it is amazing that she has being playing Bass for just eighteen months as she has a natural feel for creating the bass tone that compliments the tracks that varied across the set.
The keys from Christian were sublime from full organ crescendos through to gentle notes he wrapped the third layer of chords around Simon’s guitar adding shape and texture to the lyrics as the story unfolded. This was a quartet that wanted to talk to you through their eclectic mix of tones on tracks including a collection from their current album The Knife, including the title track, Dreamer and Affairs of the Heart re-affirming the quality of the songs included.
We also had an early listening opportunity for their anticipated forthcoming album The Coat; the title track saw Suzy leaving the bass and sitting behind the majestic Grand Piano, her vocal prowess had already been confirmed with some stylish Harmonising with Simon and she now sung a song very special to her and for everyone who has lost someone important or they are not there and was dedicated to her mother who has early onset Alzheimer’s a thought-provoking and emotionally stirring number.
The last song of the night Hello, which is also on the forthcoming album, had five distinct movements and, is definitely more Prog Rock than blues but worked so well with Suzy’s vocals, clever guitar solos. Each movement had its own distinctive shape and tonal character and for me full of interest and the pick of the set for me.
This was an exciting, intriguing at times challenging set stretching across all the styles of recorded modern music and it worked, they are certainly worth checking out as they will surprise and the musicianship is spot-on.
Listen to what you missed from Simon Campbell and Suzy Starlite via The Convent's Netgig. Bluesdoodles will and we were there on the night…"
Liz Aiken - Bluesdoodles
New article from Simon and Suzy on the two UK shows at Ramsbottom Festival and The Convent, plus news on the new record 'The Coat'!
"If you want a great recording experience that needs that extra touch of magic, love and nurturing... Supertone Studios is your kind of place.
I couldn't have felt more comfortable mixing my latest album with drummer Jorge Rossy at Supertone Studios. The studio set up is stunning and the equipment is to the highest standard.
The working environment is calm and relaxed, allowing for concentration. We were able to enjoy our time but also be extremely productive. This is one of the most unique and impressive recording studios I have had the pleasure to be in!
Simon and Suzy are very easy going folks and they will always be ready to help during the recording or mixing session. Great ears and empathy; great coffee machine!
The town of Estivella and the area near by have a special magic and age-old tradition that fascinates the traveller and fills their free time with unrepeatable moments."
Javier Vercher: Saxophone & Woodwind
A video from our friends G R O U N D P I L O T S who came to record at the Supertone Studio in August 2015. Featuring Simon Campbell (Guitar and MOOG Guitar) & Suzy Starlite-Campbell (Bass). This is what they said about the experience:
"What an exhilarating and productive experience it was for "Ground Pilots" to fly over to Valencia Spain and work the incredibly talented duo "Simon Campbell & Suzy Starlite Campbell" on our 2nd album "The Race - A Magical Boy - the Film".
The studio set up is a musicians dream with everything you require at hand including a Trident Vector mixing desk plus an array of ultra superb guitars & microphones to ensure the sound quality of everything you do at Supertone Records is the best it could possibly be.
Soon as we arrived we felt at home as "Simon & Suzy" made us feel so welcome straight away as they're such kind and attentive people.
Day one was a great bonding session for us all as we discussed about the weekend recording we had ahead, also visiting their local town and even having a little dance to a band parade in the streets before heading back to the residential studios and having a swim in the pool and listening to Abbey Road on Vinyl in a thunderstorm. (A moment i'll never forget).
When it was time to hit the studio, it was time to hit the studio in a big way full of excitement and enthusiasm, "Simon" was mind blowing with his knowledge of tech and his playability once he picked up a guitar made me feel like I was in guitar heaven setting his amplification to 10 making "Jimi Hendrix" blush, "Suzy" on equal measure playing her bass so expressively and on point was simply a joy to behold.
These guys know exactly what they're doing creatively and I'm so pleased to have had the chance to work with them both. a magical experience to say the least !!! 10/10"
An amazing testimonial by Chris Cheek who recorded his new album at the Supertone Studio:
"As the name implies, that's exactly what you get at Supertone Studios!
Simon and Suzy's dynamic mix of top quality microphones and state of the art recording gear coupled with an incredible audio console and a spacious, great sounding live room all add up to a superb recording experience.
In relaxed and comfortable surroundings, you can do what you go there to do.. play and record good music without distractions. Being such kind and professional people and in a charming and subtle way, Suzy and Simon provide an environment that's very conducive to creative work.
When you're ready to roll, they're ready with you… when you need a break, their humor and hospitality is refreshing and energizing.
Being experienced, seasoned musicians themselves, Simon and Suzy have naturally cultivated a wonderful balance of living and working through the rhythm of the day. They've refined and simplified the technical side of things so you can just focus on the music and enjoy an inspiring atmosphere.
Supertone Studios is a real oasis, unlike anything you'll find elsewhere. Whether you're having a coffee in their modern kitchen, sitting around the table in the big, airy dining room or outside by the pool chasing one of their adorable hounds, you'll feel right at home. It's all part of the magic of that hidden and beautiful place, nestled in a rugged landscape under an open sky.
Making music becomes an extension of being there…"
Very happy to welcome the wonderful, London based Ground Pilots to the Supertone studio in August to track some guitars played by our very own Simon Campbell and engineered by Suzy Starlite.
You will soon be able to hear them on "The Race - A Magical Boy - The Film"... Fabulous!!!