John Dent (award winning record mastering engineer) RIP
With music, it’s the people who are lurking in the background that really create the magic. One of these people was John Dent who died over Xmas. John was a brilliant mastering engineer who over the decades took your recorded songs and cut them to vinyl, CD or whatever format you were releasing on.
It’s a tech job but without an innate love and understanding of music, it would be impossible to do properly. John was the best and turned every record he worked with into a piece of sonic wonder. He started at Trident and then moved to the Exchange in Camden and impressed everyone with his generous spirit and his craftsmanship.
He was also a genuine and beautiful man who cared as much about scruffy young bands like mine as the huge jobs he would be doing back to back first in Camden and then at his own place Loud Mastering in Taunton – a place built in his own image with tape machines and wizard technology!
Over the years I turned lots of people onto this wonder engineer and everyone was blown away but his craftsmanship and his genial nature that saw him awarded Mastering Engineer of the Year at the Music Producers Guild Awards 2014.
John Dent was mastering for over 40 years and was seriously good at it. His experience spans from cutting all the original Bob Marley records for Island Records in the late 1970s to mastering PJ Harvey’s recent