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The Essential List: Will Frances

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Grand Central Recording Studio's creative sound designer on food, culture and the kit he can't live without

The Essential List: Will Frances

Will fell down the sonic rabbit hole as he hit his teenage years, with a strong love for drum & bass, house and techno which sowed the seeds for a career in sound. DJing and music production were a side hustle alongside his first career as a carpenter and after working on the tools for a while he changed direction completely achieved a degree in music from The London College of Music. 

Time spent crafting sound for Disney, advertising agencies and a variety of longer-form projects has given Will a finely tuned set of skills. Always open and willing to share ideas, experience and collaborate, Will continues to make an impact with whoever enters his studio.


Lifestyle

Place of birth: Chelmsford 

Staycation: Devon

Vacation: Italy/ Thailand

Place of work: GCRS Studio 7 

Place of workout: The cycle lanes of London

Side project:  Carpentry & Handyman.

Mode of transport: Bicycle

Mentality: Keep busy, keep learning and sharing wisdom


Culture

Musician: John Coltrane

Genres: D&B, House, Techno, Dub and Jazz

Sound designers: All the talented crew at GCRS

Photographer: My dear wife who documents our family life

Film: Parasite, Modern Times

Documentary- Samsara, My Octopus Teacher, Sour Grapes

Series: Love Death & Robots, Black Mirror, Zenimation

Commercial: Honda: The Cog & Hands 

Music video: Rubber Johnny Chris Cummingham & Aphex Twin 

Video game: Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1

Board game: Eye Found it

Book: George Orwell; Animal Farm

Podcast: Tonebenders, The Somm 

Magazine: Resident Advisor

Bonus sites: Ultimate Handyman, Great Art Explained, Joolz Guides, Sagulator, Cutlist optimiser, Wine folly.


Food and Drink

Breakfast: Rarely

Restaurant: Pure Indian Cooking

Working lunch: Busaba

Snack: Cheese board

Guilty pleasure: La Fleur Peyrabon Paulliac (magnum), Conte

Bar: Vagabond

Booze: G&T, Pomerol, Paulliac, White Burgundy, Glenfiddich 18  

Not booze: Water

Bonus food: Raclette

Bonus beverage device: Coravin for all the left over wine (I’ll use it one day)


Kit

Computer: Battered MacBook Pro  

TV: Yes

Headphones: k702s

Pen / pencil: Carpenters pencil or chalk

Where you document an idea: One of three note pads- Sound, Building & General

Casual clothing: Mostly

Smart clothing: On Occasion

Watch: Citizen Divers

Collection: Corks


App: Vivino

Website: Pro Sound Effects, Soundworks collection, 

Social media feed: Carpentry_bymar, SW__Handyman

Work program: Protools, Ableton

Digital work tool:  Arturia & Native Instruments

Analog work tool: Ears

Morning grooming / makeup essential: hahaha 

Bonus kit essential: Six in one tool.


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