Background


FOH (Ross Wilson) @ Gympie Muster 2011

Starting out in Brisbane with a passion for sound and a willingness to learn and listen, Smasha completed work with many artists including The Chosen Few, Ziggerants, Who's Gerald? (featuring Dave McCormack pre Custard)  Strontium Dog & Small World Experience. Mixed gigs for many of these artists including supports to many Oz and International Artists (Dinosaur Jnr, Falling Joys, )

A 3 year stint in Sydney in the early 90’s allowed Smasha to take advantage of the numerous venues and recording opportunities and complete many gigs and studio projects with some progressive indie artists including The Viscous Kits, The Slaters and many recordings with some prominent performers from the lively Sydney Jazz scene including Simon Barker Quartet, Cameron & Fiona Undy, Mike Knock and the late – blind jazz pianist Jann Rutherford. 

Followed by a term in the midst of the European industry, based in London, Smasha was able to endure 3 winters and complete further work with many UK artists and gain a deeper understanding of the music industry . This time also saw him step up his role with the School of Audio Engineering accepting the position of MD of the UK operations. This period within the training school administration  coincided with building & course expansion of the London facility and the introduction of the first Pro School, offering accredited Digidesign Pro Tools training.
Studio clients included JEEP (UK), Billy Rain (UK), Raman Kia (UK), Absolutely (UK), All Clever Animals (UK), Livid (UK), Red Out Loud (UK), Crush (UK).

Album tracking with Sender @ Newmarket Studio

1995 saw Smash relocate to Melbourne and set about establishing a long-term home base to service the Oz industry. Easily moving between studio gigs with bands, post-production editing and mixing for television/DVD and pulling together powerful live concert mixes, some clients of Smash’n’Sound prior to 2005 included: The Feelers (NZ), Anika Moa (NZ), 7 Tongues (NZ), Charlton Hill, Sandrine, Triple J Unearthed winners Mumonkan & Fizard, Speedstar, Ruby’s Grace (WA), The Herd, Good Bhudda, Dilli Allstars,  Bluebottle Kiss, Drop City, Oscar Lima, Wendy Rule, Lavish, The Darling Downs (Ron Peno & Kim Salmon), Cassette (NZ), The Early Hours, Raoul Graf & The Infidels. 

Since 2005 artist to benefit from Smasha's mixes included Meg Mac, Jon Stevens, Leo Sayer, Kate Ceberano, Glenn Shorrock, Russell Morris, Joe Camilerri, Brian Cadd, John Paul Young (JPY), Nicky Bomba (John Butler Trio, Bomba, Bustamento, MSO), Lisa Miller, The Dusty Millers, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra (30 piece skank’n beast), Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks, Archie Roach, Multicultural Arts Victoria (Visible program mentoring and producing world music artists new to Australia), Charles Jenkins (Icecream Hands), The Feelers (New Zealands' most successful band on the 90's and 2000's), House Of Shem (prominent NZ reggae band), The DC3 (featuring DC from TISM & ROOT!) – there are many others – check out the client listing for details.
2011-2013 kiwi production company NZ Sound Reinforcement contracted Smasha for FOH mix services on premier events including World Cup Ruby events and Lord of the Rings charity boxing event in Tauranga.
Smash can also be found as House Tech at Melbourne venues The Caravan Club and Memo Music Hall and offering engineering services Premier Arts, LP Productions, Buxton Walker management and Mark Sydow management.

The last few years has seen Smash’n’Sound step up the production offerings and with some serious investment in some custom vintage  and new professional equipment – see equipment list for details and alliances to some very cool studios and industry services including Allan Eatons Studios, Ninety Nine 100 & Simon Moro, Coloursound, Tokwerx and Kelsonics Studios.

Michael Pollard is an sE Electronics Artist Endorsee proud to spruik that brands strengths.

This 30yrs of industry experience now offers a special blend of skills and life experience to clients, bringing to every client & job a depth of understanding and appreciation of the detail earned the hard way.

Offering personal professional solutions to a wide range of clients, specialising in musical diversity and cultural sensitivity.

Tihai 3 in recording session