Iain 
McKinna

Producer. Engineer. Musician.

Iain McKinna started out as a guitarist and vocalist in Edinburgh band Moonshine in 1974, gigging extensively throughout Scotland with the band on the local and University live music circuits.

In 1976 he started Edinburgh's Southside Studios in the old wash house in Simon Square with Guitarist & Bassist Richard Brown. The studio comprised of 2 x (Teac 3340s) 4-track recorders with a home made mixing desk. This period coincided with Punk and New Wave and the studio recorded first demos for many well known bands like The Scars, TV21 & The Valves. And The Rezillos used the studio as a rehearsal space!

In 1980 he formed Flying Colours with Jamie Campbell and they signed to E&S Music, a publishing company owned by Simon Cowell & Ellis Rich. The studio closed and the band recorded and toured with drummer Pete Griffiths. They supported Level 42 in a tour of England and played regularly at the Embassy Club in London before splitting up in 1983 after Pete left the band.

In 1983 Iain recorded a solo album at Dragon Studios in Hastings under the name of Zed with his new partner Kirsty recording backing vocals. In 1984 Iain worked as an engineer and session musician at Edinburgh's Planet Studios which was owned by Wilf Smarties who famously recorded the debut single Wishing I Was Lucky with Wet Wet Wet

During this period Zed recorded a mini album entitled Message which was produced by Culture Club's sound engineer Nick Atkins. Iain also recorded a collection of songs which he co-wrote with The Bay City Rollers for Stiff Records at Planet.

Meanwhile, Zed continued to tour Europe while living in Skye and it was there they met producer Chris Harley aka Chris Rainbow, who went on to produce the band at Edinburgh's Palladium Studios in 1985. The band subsequently signed to Vinyl Villains and recorded more material at Palladium working with engineer Keith Mitchell. 

The next definitive stage in Iain's production career came when he and Kirsty decided to partner up with Vinyl Villains' founder John Edwards to open their own studio. In 1987 Sonic Studios opened their doors to the general public, and Iain & Kirsty completed their album just as the studio began to take off. 

During the next five years the band changed their name to The Harmonics and produced two albums worth of material while they continued to gig locally. 

All this time, though, Sonic Studios' growing reputation meant they were becoming ever more popular with bands and songwriters like Win and The Fire — and this was also the time when corporate giant Tennents had their own label and recorded several singles there with producer Alan Rankin, formerly of The Associates

Other artists included The Impossibles, Nik Straker, The Apples, Yoyo Honey, Orange Grove were also recording at Sonic for major and indie labels.

In 1991 the studio was sold to Cava in Glasgow, and Iain & Kirsty went to the Algarve in Portugal to work on a live circuit there just prior to starting Offbeat in 1992.

Now after 42 years in the music business Iain is still writing songs and plays a whole range of instruments on many artists recordings. His latest project with Kirsty McKinna is Harmonic Overdrive. Their single You Inspire Me is being played on BBC Radio 6 and is featured on the BBC music website. Iain loves spreading the wealth of his experience and knowledge and is currently working with young up and coming singer/songwriters, helping them develop their songwriting skills.

Music Clients

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SEONAID AITKEN
YOYO HONEY
NECTARINE NO 9
BRIJ BAJWA
DAVE ROBB
HARMONIC OVERDRIVE
REBECCA NEWMAN
TONY B
BO WEEVIL
HAMED KANE
TAM WHITE
FRANCIS COWAN
THE FIRE ENGINES
DEAF HEIGHTS
THE BAY CITY ROLLERS
NICK MASON
ROGER ENO
KEITH MORE
HEX
CHRIS BRADLEY
JESS ABRAMS
FULGOR
PIEFINGER
TALITHA MACKENZIE
MIKE HERON
BEN INVITSKY
THE APPLES
ORANGE GROVE
GODSQUAD
WHITEHOUSE
NIK STRAKER
ROBERT MAITLAND
BLUE SOUL GROOVE
J.A. CONNOR
CRUISE
JOHN BURGESS
TREVOR WHITE
SAMANTHA E
STAGEWORX
SHANE HURLEY
MARIA MULLER
DEREK WILLIAMS
EDDIE LOGAN
PAUL GILLAN
PIERHOUSE STUDIOS
STUART MITCHELL
PAUL ELLIS
Martin Coull
Matt Seattle
Mikey Nolan
Niall Muir
Mike Whittington
Nigel Richard
Dick Lee
Niki King
Norine Babs
Pat McGarvey
Patrina Morris
Vigilante
Rob Whittington
Ronnia Sybiria
RP BANKOLE
Simon
rel records
RAIN RESERVE
SIR TOM HUNTER
CALLUM MALCOLM
JOHN MCNAIRN
CHRIS RAINBOW
FLYING COLOURS
ELLIS RICH
THE ABBEY STILLS
GEOFF GEER
RUSSELL BURN
FOSS PATERSON
NEIL WARDEN
TONY GATELY
RYAN SINGH
THE HARMONICS
ZED
TAWANDA MUCHEMWA
SIMON COWELL
PUCHI
MUFF WINWOOD
ALAN RANKIN
D.C.ELLIS
THE OLIVES
ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOONS
ROSS MUNRO
SOPHIE BANCROFT
CRITTERHILL VARMINTS
JON COHEN
RENAUD CMELA
IMAGINARY CREATURES
SAVOURNA STEVENSON
RUTH NOTMAN
MIKE PEDEN
JIM SUTHERLAND
ANNIE MCCAIG
PAT MCGLYNN
THE SCARS
TV21
WILF PARKINSON
AUBREY PARSONS
LES MCKEOWN
THE VALVES
FREEZE
CHIARA LORDI
SASKIA ENG
WILF SMARTIES
MARK AG
SIANNIE MCDOUGALL MOODY
FLORENCE JACK
DAVID ELl
Callum McNair
Sandy wright
Doug Anthony Allstars
Martin Hess
Jeff Friedner
Colin Steele
Bobbie heatley
Frank usher
Kit Clark
Gary Houston
Geoff Geer
Ronnie Rae
Harry Sullivan
Tom McKinna
Vigilante
Tom Tufnell
ROBERT BELL
SEBASTIAN HORSLEY
STEPHEN DORFF
THE IMPOSSIBLES



ROD CLEMENTS
ALLIE FOX
TENNENTS RECORDS
IAN MASTERS
MANI SHONIWA
RAB KING
SUGAR BULLITT
FRASER SPEIRS
DONALD SHAW
BRIAN KELLOCK
FAT SAMS BAND
MARK AG
ONE FINE WEEKEND
KHYLUNE
OFFBEAT RHYTHM SECTION
MARK NAPLES
JON TURNER
CHRIS SUMMERS
LESLEY YOUNG
KITH & KIN
JAMES LOCKE
ALONE AGAIN OR
GAVIN BLACKIE
MARK BURGESS
SKYLER JETT
SIR CHRIS EVANS
ALLIE FOX
ROSALIE DEIGHTON
STEVE BALSAMO
TED MCKENNA
RICH ANDERSON
DONALD SHAW
SINISTER LAMB
IRVING DAVID
JAB JAB
DARREN WHARTON
HAMED KANE
MELANIE O'REILLY
BRUCE FINLAY
HOGGI
MARCI MUSIC
SAMANTHA TALBOT
DAVE VALENTINE
HANS ZIMMER STUDIOS
CAPTAIN SHIFTY
JENNIFER ROBERTS
BATTERY STUDIOS
RON SHAW
Dougie Mathieson
Ian Green
JAmes Oliva
Skinz
Sound Delusion
Nik Paget Tomlinson
John Barrow
John Rae
Ronnie Rae
Ronnie Rae Senior
John Wardell
Kenny McLeod
Toto McNaughton
Marcina Arnold
SHANE HURLEY
IZZ JUVEY
GRIVAS
Wendy WeatherbY




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RUBY WAX
GAVIN HASTINGS - HSBC BANK
DRAGONFLY PRODUCTIONS
BOFA PRODUCTIONS
GLENMORANGIE
MICHAEL MOORE
RED BULL
BBC MAKING HISTORY
KATHERINE GODFREY
VIV KROSKOP
MORE 4
BLOC DIGITAL
NEIL OLIVER - COAST AUSTRALIA
CREATIVE FORCE DUBAI
STIRLING COOPER
SOPHIE ALDRID - BBC AUDIO BOOKS
ALAN KNIGHT
PATRICK KIELTY
EWAN BREMNER
-WHAT IS THIS FILM CALLED LOVE
DAISY CHAIN ASSOCIATES
RUGBY EXPLORER
DISTILLERY TV
NHS
MEGAN TURING - AUDIO BOOK
DAVID CALVITTO
LIBERTY BELL
NORMAN STONE - 1A PRODUCTIONS
HERITAGE SCOTLAND
GAYANNE POTTER
MARK MANSELL
JEAN ANN DOUGLASS
JEN WAKEFIELD
WALLACE HEIM
SOPHIE DUKAR

RUSSELL HOWARD
NEW YORKER MAGAZINE
HARPER AUDIO
DIVA CREATIVE
PHIL NILAND
JJ CHALMERS
TONY SINGH
JACK CLAFF
BBC BYTESIZE
MARK COUSINS
MORROW COMMUNICATIONS
HANDSUP PRODUCTIONS
LIZ LOCHHEAD - BBC RADIO 4
ALAN LITTLE - BBC RADIO 4
AEGON
SECURE WORKS
MAURO SILVA
ROYAL LONDON
BRIAN COX - NEWSNET SCOTLAND
WHEN GREEKS FLEW KITES BBC RADIO 4
THE GRACEKEEPERS - AUDIO BOOK
RONNIE BROWN - THE SALTYRE SKY
EARTHRISE - ALJAZEERA TV
GRAIN MEDIA
MINDFULNESS UK
ETHICAL SHELLFISH COMPANY
TOTAL OIL
WHITE TV
CUT MEDIA
TIGRESS PRODUCTIONS
HOPSCOTCH FILMS
OLGA KOCH
CAITHNESS VISITOR CENTRE
HISTORIC SCOTLAND
BBC RADIO 4
BBC 1 TV
BBC RADIO 1
RUSSELL BEARD
EXCELLENT TALENT
MAX FACTOR
SCOTTISH POWER
SUNDAY MORNING LIVE
THE ONE SHOW
ALLAN STEWART
GALILEO PUBLISHING
SKY
JAMES LAWSON
LAUREN TILLY
VIN HARRIS
EMIRATES AIRLINE
PRECIOUS MEDIA
KYBERPOETICS
KIRSTY LOGAN
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
MILK MARKETING BOARD
NENEH CHERRY -STOCKHOLM MY LOVE
PAMELA STEVENSON CONNOLLY BRAZOUKA
KINGS THEATRE, EDINBURGH
SHAFTESBURY THEATRE, LONDON
DAMN FINE MEDIA
BANYAK PRODUCTIONS
TRAVEL DEPARTMENT
PICTURE HOUSE FILMS
DONNA GIFFEN - SHOWREEL
SCOTTISH VOICE OVERS
NEW WAVE ENTERTAINMENTS
AC2
SPEAK EASY
MICHAEL WALSHINGHAM
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
GREEN ROCK TV
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