Keith Nickson-Romagna BA loves to immerse himself in sonic creativity and feels passionate about using his inspiration together with his talent, skills, knowledge, experience and vitality to deliver a final product which reflects his passion while respecting the clients' individuality and essence.
Keith now sings and plays keyboards, guitar and bass but his main talent is in his ability to hear the smallest nuances in the music and interpret them to produce a band's characteristic sound or the fitting atmosphere for a particular event, and so on. His personal satisfaction comes from always giving clients a product that they can feel proud of and that will attract their audinces time and time again.
KEITH NICKSON-ROMAGNA BA
THE EARLY YEARS
This love and passion for all things sonic that Keith feels so strongly about was born a long time before it manifested itself as a talent. Since his early age, Keith was playng with his dad's music system. And by this I don't mean dad's stereo. In those days computers were still in their infancy but an Atari ST or TT could make a lot of noise if hooked up to a couple of keyboards with a few effects (also the occasional guitar) via Midi, controlled by Cubase and later Logic Audio.
And so Keith started composing his first work. Keith's parents probably still have his earliest compositions and if you can find an old floppy disk drive and an old, working Atari, you might be able to hear them.
Keith graduated in Creative Music Technology in 2012 at the University of Hull. Here he had access to the full spectrum of technology to enable him to practice and become fluent in all the processes involved in sonic creativity from sound balancing through to final output. He also was able to gain experience in 5.1 surround sound and experiment with a 16.4 surround system. His long study dissertation album is called "Impressions".
Other achievements are: Keyboard Grade 5 Certificate, a distinction grade NVQ National Award in Music Practice (2009), an A in Music Technology A-Levels, amongst others (2008) and an A in Music GCSE, amongst others (2006).
Keith's practical experience is also impressive. When still at Primary school, he would love going to work with his dad, Paul Nickson who then worked at the BBC (TRU, Radio International and Radio 2) as a senior sound engneer and producer. Keith was inspired by Paul and his work and, with his guidance, soon developed a sound engineer "technical ear", a sense of rhythm and a feel for the music.
Paul Nickson has his own audio engineering business, Track The Right Take and has supported Keith's development with practical experience in the field as a freelance sound engineer in his own right. Keith has also been hired in this capacity by companies like Will Shapland Mobiles and Somethin' Else Sound Directions until he decided it was time to start a business of his own.
When asked about who else inspires him, Keith mentioned: "I have also been inspired by Trevor Horn. What I love about his work is how he manages perfect instrument separation by placing each instrument into its own place not only on the frequency spectrum but also in space with the use of simple effects like reverb/delay or dynamic processing."