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Thanks to Martin Moscrop for the photo

We are sorry to report the death of Manchester producer/engineer Stuart James.

Stuart had a long history on the local music scene as an engineer and producer. Indeed I had worked with him on several session I was producing at Suite 16 studios in Rochdale and he was great to work with – affable, extremely talented with a great ear for sounds and also prepared to make mad tangents work in the studio with the patience of a saint.

He was also great company and one of the nicest people I have ever had to work with in the tight confines of the studio,

Starting in the late seventies, he was initially a local radio producer, who had recorded sessions with the likes of Joy Division, OMD and Ludus and especially ACR who he worked with for years and was a key part of the early Factory and Manchester scene family even if he was over shadowed by Martin Hannett. In recent years he had been as the tour manager of the Chemical Brothers.

From New Hormones website

James went on to work with most of the New Hormones roster over the next couple of years. “He was our producer: Factory had Hannett, we had Stuart,” says Boon. “I was the poor man’s Martin Hannett,” says the producer, semi-jokingly. “New Hormones didn’t have a lot of money to spend in the studios, so it was very much about getting it down. There wasn’t a great amount of time for experimentation. My idea was to just bring the best out of the bands, as much as possible. I certainly wasn’t trying to imprint an auteur’s sound on them,” explains James.

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