Recording Europe is an ever-evolving concept based on the idea of a nomad recording studio that tours Europe to record and film bands. So far 72 bands in 11 countries have worked with us.
But beyond recording images and sounds, Recording Europe is about telling stories.
We told such stories in the past through a documentary, video sessions, vlogs and an upcoming audiobook (expected in December 2018)
Who we are:
Kevin is a musician and audio engineer from Switzerland, and a graduate from an Audio Engineering Society affiliated school. He came up with the Recording Europe concept in 2015 when he felt the urge to meet people and multiply his hands-on experience as a recordist in unfamiliar/challenging conditions. During that trip he directed a documentary, and was joined by his friend Ragnar Ólafsson in 2016.
He has been playing music for more than 20 years, and got interested in producing/engineering during his late teenage years. Since then Kevin has been passionate about the Do It Yourself (DIY) ethics and attitude, even before he knew about the existence or the name of such a movement. That passion intensified with the years and became the main topic of the documentary he directed. He taught himself as a hobby for close to 10 years until he decided he wanted to make producing music his job, and attended a two year program in an AES school.
He worked live or in the studio for bands/artists/companies such as Ubi Soft, Unfold, Zéro Absolu, Coilguns, Louis Jucker, Among Gods, Julien Fehlmann, Myrra Rós, The Rambling Wheels, Yvan Bing, Juan Blanco…
Kevin worked and learnt for 2 years as an assistant at Studio Mécanique, Switzerland. It gave him the chance to work with/for inspiringly humble people, practice his craft on vintage gear as well as cutting edge technology, and dedicate himself to music both inside and outside of his comfort zone – Baroque, Jazz, Metal, Hip-Hop, Film scores, Pop, Punk…
Ragnar Ólafsson is a musician and recording engineer from Iceland.
Since graduating with a B.A in Literature from the University of Iceland in 2008, Ragnar has made his living as a DIY musician. He has recorded, produced and self-released more than a dozen albums with various bands and projects, and toured and performed his music in more than 30 countries.
Always passionate about finding his own voice in music, and never playing to the forces of commercial or mainstream music, Ragnar’s music has the quality of being unique and personal, but not always profitable. This has pushed him to acquire a wider range of skill set and learn and master every instance of the music business, from composing, arranging, recording, producing and releasing music, to booking concerts, planing tours and handling media communication.
He first got the taste of the DIY modus operandi at the age of fourteen when he started writing music music fanzines in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he grew up. At the same time he developed an affinity for putting together music projects and went through a colorful palette of bands and band-members which included Olof Dreijer (from the Knife) and singer-songwriter Jens Lekman.
After High School Ragnar moved to Svalbard where he worked for two years and formed the world’s northernmost band at the time, Iris-Magnus. After moving back to Iceland in 2003 Ragnar started studying singing and electronic music at Tónlistarskóli Kópavogs, alongside his literary studies, and supported himself as a music engineer, cover artist, vocal coach, troubadour and jazz pianist before making his living from his own music.
As multi instrumentalist and singer he has performed music in styles ranging from jazz and opera to folk, pop, rock and metal.
Ragnar is a founding member of several Icelandic bands. Most notably Ask the Slave, In Siren as well as his most successful act Árstíðir who has released four studio albums to date, had two #1 hits in Iceland and through relentless touring built a devoted fanbase in Europe, Russia and the United States. Ragnar is also the lead vocalist of Lightspeed Legend, a keyboardist for Sign, and session organ player for Sólstafir.
In recent years he has regularly composed and recorded soundtracks for indie short films and trailers. His first solo album “Urges” was released digitally to the world in June 2017.