Meet the Sound Gallery Team
Sound Gallery's team has many years experience in the music industry and have recorded and produced countless professional and aspiring solo artists and bands. Our team is passionate about music, they are talented musicians in their own right and they are genuinely interested in unlocking potential and nurturing individual talent. Their collective experience spans many fields from recording, production, mixing, mastering, sound design and live sound to album releases, events management, artist promotion, education and marketing.
Jim GRICE Peters
Recording artist - Singer/Songwriter - Producer
Since his early days in London, GRICE has formed and fronted bands as a drummer (whilst pursuing his studies at Croydon Art College) and later on when he moved to the Southwest, as a guitarist and vocalist in bands performing original material. He has released two acclaimed albums (Propeller and Alexandrine) and has recorded and produced a number of solo artists and bands. His innovative approach to sound production and manipulation and his talent for songwriting have attracted interest from professional musicians in the industry which have resulted in successful releases and collaborations. His debut album Propeller (2012) features the late saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft (Pink Floyd, Gerry Rafferty) and was shortlisted in the UK album of the year category at the MPG Awards. In 2015, he released his second album Alexandrine which features Richard Barbieri (Japan, Rain Tree Crow, Porcupine Tree), Steve Jansen (Japan), BJ Cole and Hossam Ramzy (Peter Gabriel, Led Zeppelin). Both albums received highly positive reviews (The Musician, PROG magazine, iOPages) and airplay in the UK (BBC 6 Music/Tom Robinson and BBC Introducing) and worldwide and had tracks included in the PROG magazine CD covermount. The latest release, Refractions EP (vol I) features remixes of GRICE's tracks by Richard Barbieri, Beloved Aunt and Clogmill.
Grice plays a number of instruments including acoustic & electric guitar, bass, keyboards/synths, ebow and other more obscure string instruments (kora, tzouras).
As a social entrepreneur, GRICE has set up a number of initiatives and projects from live music showcases to creative projects and educational programmes for young people. He has worked as an assistant lecturer at City of Bristol College where he set up and run the COBRA projects and later on the ERA project in Exeter. He has organised a number of music industry events and performances, most notably The State of the Arts event, New Works for Lost Voices performance and the Analogue to Digital Music Expo at Exeter Phoenix. In 2000 Grice set up Sound Gallery as a not for profit organisation and in 2007 he founded Sound Gallery CIC as a social enterprise. He established Sound Gallery Studios which opened its doors to the public in 2008 and was involved in the funding bid which secured Sound Gallery a grant for the Vinvolved Youth Volunteering project. GRICE is also the founder of the SiMPTI programme
In 2010, GRICE established hungersleep records, an independent art rock label, which releases his own music as well as musicians and singer-songwriters from his close 'musical family'.
He has also written soundtracks for TV documentaries and short films: Black Diamond films, BBC (William & Kate: A Royal Engagement), MTV, Sky.
GRICE performs live as a solo artist and with guesting musicians. He has recently completed a short UK tour with Richard Barbieri (Japan, Porcupine Tree) and is currently recording tracks for his new EP, due to be released in Summer 2017.
Recording engineer - Sound Production - Sound Design
Recording engineer, sound designer and Sound Gallery's Technical Director, Duncan has extensive experience of working with musicians, composers and arrangers as well as delivering music technology courses and tuition on a number of DAWs (Logic, Cubase, Ableton, Reason). Duncan’s experience ranges from keyboard programming and the preparation of sampled sounds for West End musicals, the Royal National Theatre, TV and film music to recording bands, singer-songwriters, choirs and solo artists including Joss Stone, Slowdive, GRICE, Sound of the Sirens, Wildwood Kin, Rev Hammer, Steve Howe (Asia/YES), Motman and more. Duncan also records audio for voiceovers, spoken word and audiobooks, for advertising agencies, TV, radio, films, TV, radio, theatre productions and art installations, most notably Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (Fox Searchlight), CBBC (Who let the dogs out feat. Rik Mayall), Tony Hawks, John Nettles, Art Malik, BBC The One Show, Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 4, National Geographic, Channel 4 (Embarrassing Bodies), Theatre Alibi, Documental Theatre and more. See full list of CLIENTS here.
Duncan delivers Sound Gallery's music technology courses including Creative Music Technology, Ableton Live, Electronic Music Production and delivers workshops and training sessions for PhonicFM, SWMS, Exeter College Music Academy and is involved in Sound Gallery's SiMPTI work experience and Access to SiMPTI programmes.
He also plays live (Eigenharp) and uses Ableton Live, loops and programming with art rock artist GRICE.
Maria Kamba Peters
Education & Marketing manager
Maria started her music journey in Athens, where she studied piano, music theory and harmony up to grade 6. After finishing a BEd. degree in Psychology, Education and Pedagogy at the University of Athens, she came to the UK where she completed an MEd. in Education at the School of Education at the University of Exeter. After completing her studies, she was employed as a research assistant at the School of Education at Exeter University by professor Malcolm Ross on the State of The Arts project which was published under both their names in 1998.
Following a 12 year career in Further Education teaching Greek and Psychology at Exeter College and Bristol College, Maria was employed by Sound Gallery as programme co-ordinator fort their Youth Volunteering programme. She currently co-ordinates Sound Gallery's music technology courses and SiMPTI work experience programmes and is in charge of administration, finances, marketing and fundraising.
Maria is also part of the hungersleep records as part of the marketing team and as a creative contributor and musician. She also offers consultation services and advice sessions on social media for the modern musician, event management, marketing, educational programmes and music related projects for young people for youth organisations and educational establishments (Exeter College, The Academy of Music & Sound, St Peter's school and more).
In the early 1990s, Nick Tarbitt set up Integrity Records Ltd, now one of the U.K.'s longest running truly independent record labels and known for finding & nurturing cool new talent. Their releases, spanning various genres from punk to drum & bass via indie-folk and quirky pop, have been heard on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, alongside XFM/Radio X, Q Radio, Amazing Radio and numerous regional stations in the UK and abroad. Many of their artists have played live sessions from the BBC Maida Vale studios for Steve Lamacq, Jo Whiley, Zane Lowe, Mike Davies and the late John Peel.
Nick also has several years’ experience as a media & entertainment lawyer, advising musicians, management companies and record labels on contractual issues, but with a particular interest in assisting new artists, musicians and performers with their early steps in the industry, including their first band agreements, management contracts, recording deals, licensing and publishing agreements.
In 2015 Nick partnered with Grammy-winning producer Trevor Gibson to found Integrity Publishing Ltd, a boutique music publisher with a carefully hand-picked catalogue of the finest international song writing talent and pre-cleared quality production music across multiple genres for commercial use in film, television, advertising & computer games.
Integrity Publishing has music placed across the usual range of syncs, from simple corporate videos for in-house events & trade shows through to internationally distributed independent films and retail commercials for prestige brands such as BMW and CHANEL.
Rose has performed as a singer and songwriter since age 16 and delivers vocal tuition sessions at Sound Gallery studios. After completing a degree in Dance at Roehampton University in 2006, Rose moved from Cornwall to Surrey to pursue a career in music. Whilst writing and performing with her originals band 'Maker', she worked at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford as the education co-ordinator for the vocal department until 2009. The opportunity to work with industry professionals (such as Sam Brown and Anne Bailey) inspired Rose to begin working as a session singer. Rose has toured internationally as a backing vocalist for American pop singer Olivia Somerlyn, supporting both Meghan Trainor and Lindsay Stirling. She has also provided vocals (live and studio) and co-writed with various other artists. Other credits include Peter Cox (Go West), John James Newman (The Voice), ERIKA (MIKA, Skunk Anansie) and Nat Martin. Rose's vocals on Nat Martins 2016 EP 'Time Is A Healer' have been aired on Paul Jones' Radio 2 show.Rose performs regularly for some of the UK's top function bands including Motown Supreme, Platinum, 29 Fingers, Chuck Chandler and the Go Go Five among others. Rose is a artist in her own right - her debut EP 'Fears Of Yesterday' was released in March 2015 and she supported ERIKA on her acoustic European tour in October 2015. Her own tour took place in August 2016 with great feedback from live shows and radio sessions. Rose is also a contributor to iSing Magazine.