Shed Seven guitarist visits Department

Posted on 4 November 2019

Joe Johnson, guitarist and keyboardist of the York-formed Britpop band Shed Seven, visited the Department of Music on Thursday 31 October.

The workshop was held for 2nd year BA Music and Sound Recording as part of the core Audio Assemblage, Organisation and Processing module, and was designed to show how some of the processes that the students have been looking at in lectures are used in the practice of a professional rock guitarist.

Joe, who wrote the music for the band's first hit 'Dolphin', explained how he had developed his guitar sound and brought in his pedalboard which is set up for both live shows and recording in the studio. The students experimented with microphone placement and multiple microphone techniques for capturing a guitar performance in the studio.

Founded in York in 1990, Shed Seven are arguably York’s most successful rock band and were a staple on the Britpop scene, with their career at its height in the 1990s and having 15 singles making the Top 40 and four Top 20 albums.

After breaking up in 2003 and reforming in 2007 for a greatest hit tour and continuing to perform periodically ever since, in 2017 they released Instant Pleasures, an album recorded with internationally-renowned producer Youth at his studio in Spain, which reached number eight in the UK album charts. The band will be embarking upon an arena tour in November and December.

Tim Wright, Associate Lecturer in the Department who organised Joe’s visit, said: “I am very grateful to Joe for coming and showing us how he produces his guitar sounds. The session gave us an insight into how a professional guitarist works and really brought to life some of the processing techniques we have been looking at in lectures.”