Daniel Moyler has gone from self professed night reception “tea boy” to an in-demand producer, mixer and engineer with an enviable showreel. Headliner meets Moyler in London to discuss his MPG nomination for Recording Engineer Of The Year.
An ability to stay calm has seen Daniel Moyler through a few scenarios that would cause the most experienced of engineers to lose their cool. Catching up at a London studio to discuss his MPG nomination for Recording Engineer Of The Year the week before the awards take place (which he went on to win), Moyler recalls a particularly frantic time while recording a Jack Savoretti record in Rome:
“I've definitely learned to stay calm,” he laughs. “One of the records I was nominated for was Jack Savoretti’s record that we did last year. We went out to Rome in the middle of the summer – it was incredibly hot in the studio, no one was around, and basically half the gear worked. So there were a few meltdowns about pulling out sections of the desk and to trying to fiddle with it. We had a five-piece band set up and we were recording everything live in the other room. So my job was to ride it out and stay as calm as possible – and try not to let the situation disturb the workflow or their performance. So an ability to stay calm is always useful!”
Brought up on The Beatles and Bowie, Moyler spent his teenage years playing in most of London's ‘toilet venues,’ then turning his hand to engineering when he took a job on night reception at Trevor Horn's SARM Studios. Before long, he progressed to an assisting position and began learning his trade under the world-class engineers and producers that came through the door.
Moyler went on to work with mix engineer Ruadhri Cushnan, and over two years he assisted on records for Ed Sheeran, Half Moon Run and Foy Vance, as well as the Grammy award-winning Album of the Year, Babel by Mumford and Sons. He then joined the Miloco team and later took the leap to go freelance, although he describes his ascent through the ranks a little more humbly:
“It was a traditional route in from tea boy,” he grins. “Night reception at SARM was about 10 years ago now, then I gradually worked my way to assisting, and then moved on to work at Miloco and assisted for a few mix engineers for a while.”
Tea boy on the night shift to working on a Grammy award-winning album is quite the leap in a few short years – a fact that it not lost on Moyler.
“Yeah, it was quite a step up for me at that point. I was like, ‘okay, this is the bigger leagues…”
Although still in the early stages of his career, Moyler has already engineered for a variety of talented artists including, Mumford & Sons, Kaiser Chiefs, ZAYN, Bjork, Dua Lipa, FKA Twigs, George Ezra, JP Cooper, Bebe Rexha, Rudimental, Tom Walker, Labrinth, Zara Larson, Tom Odell, Freya Ridings, Jack Savoretti, James Morrison, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Years and Years, yet his MPG nomination took him by surprise:
“It was a shock! I was quite surprised because there's guys I really look up to and I've seen gone through the process before, so you don't expect these things. But that little bit of recognition is nice,” he concedes.