Owner / Engineer / Producer
In the fall of 2016, Mudshark was revamped and reopened by David James, a producer and audio engineer with over 20 years of recording and production experience as well as the singer/songwriter for the group Wolf Ram Heart. David is a Recording Workshop honors graduate and specializes in vintage recording production as well as analog-based gear and tube equipment. It was in high school during the mid 1990's, that David began for the first time, mixing and recording bands to 4-track tape in a flat above his parents house.
After only a short time, his own group was named as a finalist for Musician Magazine's best unsigned band in the country. In 1998, David's songs were discovered by founding members of the British pop group, Duran Duran and he was asked to come to England to take part in recording projects with the band. David's songwriting influence can be heard on songs such as "Somebody Else Not Me," "Reach Up for the Sunrise" and "Lava Lamp" from Duran Duran's 2000 Pop Trash and 2004 Astronaut albums.
In 2011, David wrote and produced the critically acclaimed Betrayal of Hearts album for Wolf Ram Heart. The album was later heralded by the press as a "headphone masterpiece" and a retro futuristic classic. In 2012, Blurt Magazine described David's writing and production as "cinematic" and sharing sensibility with "veteran film scorers as diverse as Ry Cooder, Calexico and even director David Lynch."
In the winter of 2017, David was asked to come to London England once again this time to assist Engineer/ Producer, Tony Visconti (David Bowie, TREX/Marc Bolan) and Chris Porter (George Michael, Elton John) on sessions at Visconti Studios in Kingston. David has developed a special relationship with Visconti Studios and has been back many times since assisting and producing his own sessions with artists. In the fall of 2018, David had the honor of working with legendary Beatles recording engineer, Geoff Emerick. In 2019, David had the opportunity to work with both Engineer/ Producer, Alan Parsons (Pink Floyd) and Haydn Bendall (Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney). That same year, David also took part in his first ever sessions at the famed Abbey Road Studios.