Press and Testimonials
“Iain, Everyone’s work there is going to launch my one man show to a quality that up until now I could only dream about. I cannot express how happy I am to have found you. The tracks for Still Rainin and When The Night Comes sound fantastic, like I knew it would. Jimmy Reed (Guitarist & Vocalist from Chigaco). Creating backing tracks for his live shows
“We’re all really happy with the work that’s been done and even as I speak, the tracks are being used on the high seas. It’s been a real pleasure to work with you. The team are very happy to be singing with you’re work and that makes a real difference to the overall quality that we’re looking for. Thank you very much. Hugh Fowler (Peel Entertainment). For custom backing tracks for the theatrical production of Piano Man
“Iain was a consummate professional and perfectionist when it came to working on my project. I was consulted with every step of the way leading up to the final product. That, to me, is key to a good working relationship. I am sure others who have worked with him will agree with me that he is a true professional in every sense of the word. Definitely not the last project with this incredible producer.” Khylune – singer/songwriter from LA & Kuala Lumpur
“I first met Iain and Kirsty from Offbeat Productions over 20 years ago. Their musical talent, productions and friendly helpful attitude have always been second to none. If you are looking for top notch productions look no further”!!!
Keith More (Guitarist with G3, Tina Turner, Michael Schenker, Five Star, Asia, Joe Satriani + Composer/Producer and creator of Easydrums)
“Very enjoyable session at Offbeat – Iain got a great acoustic Dobro sound straight away with minimum fuss. The technology’s all there but equally important is the friendly vibe and comfortable atmosphere. Just relax & do your stuff!” – Rod Clements (Guitarist – Lindisfarne)
“A high risk leap into Gaelic ragga” Shetadh Cailleach from the album SOLAS by Talitha MacKenzie. Q MAGAZINE ****
Produced and co-arranged by Iain McKinna
“I’ve been working with Iain at Offbeat for over 5 years now, during that period I have been musical director at the King’s Theatre. The vibe in the studio makes it great to work in. I also had to arrange & make tracks for a the musical (the Songs Of Sister Act) again it was made easy by his support & willingness to solve problems, come up with sounds & even give a free beer or 2″! Rich Anderson (Pianist/keyboards player/Arranger + MD)
“Like the song folks and the production is excellent. Nice playing. What a fantastic view from your rooftop. Top class”. Davey Paton (co-founder of Pilot & Bass player with Kate Bush, Elton John & The Alan Parsons Project)
“I loved working in the studio with Iain; it was such an explosively creative environment to make music in. I learnt a lot about producing, mastering and we ended up with a great sounding result within our deadline. It was a lot of fun”. – R&B artist Obehi
“Iain at Offbeat has an incredible range of music production skills; great ears, ‘old school’ studio training combined with modern digital production techniques along with a professional and friendly approach. I would personally recommend Offbeat to any musician wishing to take their music/songs to the next level.” – Neil Warden (Guitarist with Blue Soul Groove and Tam White + The Stevie Hay band)
****Diving For Pearls by Allie Fox “a beautiful debut album”
****A Sea With 3 Stars by Nectarine No9 “delivers a fistful of diamonds”
The Story Of Film ” To Iain, in admiration for the great job on recording my commentary for the whole 15 episodes
” Mark Cousins
“Offbeat Studio’s provide high quality productions in the heart of Edinburgh. The Offbeat technicians bring out the best not only in the performer but have the most up-to-date creative ideas for today’s music industry” – STAGEWORX DIRECTOR – DAVID GREER
“On pipe major Derek Potter’s return to Britain he swapped his combat uniform for full Highland regalia to promote Spirit Of The Glen which is curreently no 13 in the official Uk chart, and winner of the coveted Christmas no 1 slot in the Classical chart”. THE SUNDAY TIMES
“Tam’s many years of experience show in well-constructed songs, well played, well sung and well arranged. Solos are brief, mostly on guitar and always tasteful an complementary to the song”. TAM WHITE ALBUM – HOLD ON – MUSICIAN MAGAZINE
“Really enjoyed our session. You did a superb job under a tight deadline and I learned a lot about mastering”. – ANT DAVIS
“Iain has a genuine enthusiasm for his clients and patience by the bucket-load, and being an accomplished musician himself he adds enormously to the arrangements, both in terms of ideas & playing the instruments. I have never met anyone who is so meticulous & such a perfectionist technically yet also has such inspirational ability to get the best possible creative results from me in the studio on the day. The best pair of ears in the business!”
ALLIE FOX (Guitarist/Composer/Singer)
Akassa by Hamed Kane – “Thrillingly authentic”
Akassa by Hamed Kane - “Majestic Senegalese trance music”
AKASSA – HAMED KANE – SENEGALESE SUFI TRANCE
“Working with Iain has been a great experience which I believe transcends all spiritual barriers.
Thanks to Offbeat for their full contribution to the first ever release of ‘Bayefall’ music”
HAMED KANE (Senegalese drummer and vocalist)
“Jimi the piper (on highland, lowland, border, Arabic and electronic pipes) and lotsa friends with string instruments; tripped out bagpipes collide with Pink Floyd at a world music convention. Excellent” – EARTHDANCE by Jimi McRae
“Thank you very much for the tracks. Offbeat’s a nice cosy studio and I felt very relaxed. I have already recommended the studio to a friend! “. JOEY McDOWALL – (Singer/Songwriter)
“Although he’s never really been away, Mike Heron is back! A new album – Where the Mystics Swim (Demon), however, sees him once more unashamedly updated and shorn of self-indulgence”
“Iain McKinna has a musical sensitivity and technological know-how which makes him a great producer and sound engineer to work with. Whether it’s Scottish Border Ballads, highland bagpipe rock or techno dance Iain instinctively knows what to do. I worked with him in 1989 with my folk-rock, bouzouki-based band The Filmmakers and then again in 2004 and 2009. Both times he raised my game and gave me a recording I could be proud of”.
DAVE ROBB Singer/Songwriter/Bazouki player
“A swinging soulful mix which cleverly manages to sound pleasingly familiar and highly original at the same time, full of subtle and unexpected surprises.” BBC Radio Scotland
“Tartan stereotypes are tossed aside as McRae’s skill proves the pipes as powerful, moving and diverse as any instrument”
- Earthdance by Jimi McRae
“Iain is a top notch producer. He’s very thorough, and most importantly a good laugh to work with! He’s very experienced in a wide variety of genres. I really enjoyed working with him on ‘For You’ and hope to work with him again soon. ”
KEVIN J MACLEAN (Singer/Keyboard Player/Songwriter
“There ain’t no party like a Jools Holland party, thats for sure so don’t fret if you can’t decide who to see/what to do/where to go tonight – the music maestros’ doors are open to everyone. He’s got Paul McCartney, Kaiser Chiefs, Mika, Kylie and of course the Pipes and drums of the Royal Scots Dragoons, Happy New Year”! ****TV Times
“Hi Iain. It was great that we stayed at No1 in the Classics for 10 weeks and that the Spirit Of The Glen album has been received with great enthusiasm..Thanks for all your great work on the album..yours aye”.
Pipe major Derek Potter – ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS
Hold On by Tam White ” A flavoursome stew which succeeds in retaining an intensity of feeling within a contemporary treatment .” THE SUNDAY HERALD
“Great Ezcape, an Edinburgh based hip hop crew… Rappers Profisee and Simba and producer Vigilante make booming but elegant music; the beats are made with precision, and the raps are intricate.” SUNDAY HERALD
“Really enjoyed the sessions we did towards the end of last year and I’m hoping to get back in to record some more! For anyone reading that is thinking about recording with Offbeat, I really recommend it!! Not only did I enjoy the whole process, but the songs I came away with sound fantastic”!
COLIN ASQUITH (Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter)
“Every time I have worked with Iain at Offbeat I have felt in very capable hands. In an extremely professional yet friendly environment, I have achieved great results after every session. I look forward to working with Iain again soon, and would thoroughly recommend Offbeat to anyone looking to gain a polished and professional result with their recording.” ANNA JAROSZ (Singer/Songwriter)
A brilliant fusion of unusual Gaelic “mouth music” and modern technology from a singer with an amazing voice PLAYBOY MAGAZINE
“Offbeat recording studios is amazing, during my recording I felt relaxed and this was my first time in a studio. Iain appreciated my ideas and offered advice on how to make the best of it. I enjoyed every day of my recording and will use Offbeat in future projects”.
CHRISTINE ROBBIN – (Gospel Singer/Songwriter)
Borderland by John McNairn ” The Roots Of Border music come through loud and clear” THE SCOTSMAN MAGAZINE
Borderland by John McNairn “This is an album which stands head and shoulders above the others. It breathes new life into old ballads to add a generous pinch of spine tingling elegance” EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
“Iain brings a polished and professional sound to my recordings, with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. I have used Offbeat for years now, and Iain always gives great input in developing my ideas”.
JAMES FORREST (Songwriter) SUPASONIC MUSIC