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Our Team

Chris Hughes Manager and Head Engineer

Chris has over 15 years experience as an engineer, producer, songwriter, musician, record label owner and has worked with major commercial artists and labels.

Chris initially started Oscillate Studios in 2011 from a tiny padded studio in Marlsboro House on Hilton Street and within 6 years has expended into two state of the art facilities at Knutsford and Fourways House, Hilton Street.

Chris’s production, engineering and musicianship skills has helped him work alongside major artists such as The Courteeners, Babyshambles (Pete Doherty – The Libertines), Peter Hook’s the Light, Gregor Hunter Coleman, Laura White and Syd 31 and has work released on top house label D-Vine Sounds. He regularly engineers for producer Joe Cross (The Courteeners/Hurts) for new up and coming current acts such as the LaFontaines, Carnival Club, Satyr Play and Dantevilles. He has also worked as a producer for BBC Outreach’s Keep It Real project in conjunction with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chris is also a proficient musician playing guitar and bass. He has music signed to LA publisher PIG Factory with placements on MTV (Jersey Shores and America’s Best Dance Crew). Chris also had success with TVMR, a joint venture with Hacienda DJ Jon Da Silva, supporting New Order and Jamie T, resulting in a full album release called Factory Fatigue on Hacienda Records. The band are currently working on a follow up in 2018.

Other past projects included setting up breakbeat/electro house label Splank Records which released released 27 EPs and one album from 2004-2010. He played guitar and Ableton Live for his venture Groove Allegiance and extensively toured in the UK including Fabric, Sankeys, Glade Festival and overseas venues in China, USA, France, Spain and Canada.

Aaron Lidster – Recording Engineer, Remixer and Producer

Aaron is a Music Producer and DJ from Manchester with a degree in Creative Music Production  (BA) Hons from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Aaron has had key sessions and master classes with British Producer “Ken Scott” Best known for engineering at Abby Road Studios, noted for his work with “David Bowie” on “Hunky Dory” also working with The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran and many more. Aaron has also worked alongside Bill Evens known for engineering Le Roux, MAZE, Flying Colors and more. He also recorded a live set for Peter hook’s The Light (former member of Joy Division, New Order) which was recorded and put onto tape.

Aaron has a great background in Electronic music growing up listening to 90’s house music and R&B. Coming from a club culture background he is heavily influenced by sound systems. His main focus is music production, mainly producing for himself and other DJ’s to play out in clubs. Aaron’s focus is using Ableton live and Logic Pro for Production and Recording, focusing on bass driven music. He is currently working on two Record Labels that should be soon to be public in late 2018. He is also currently doing guest mixes for radio shows, soon to have his own monthly shows.

Samuel Ferry Songwriter, Composer and Engineer

Samuel is a songwriter and composer with a passion for many types of music from orchestral and symphonic works to Motown and pop.


He enjoys writing both for singers and instrumentalists and is also a skilled orchestrator and arranger. Samuel graduated from the University of Liverpool with a Masters in Musicology in 2010 and has worked as a composer and orchestrator since then, devising arrangements of existing music, orchestrating the work of others and composing original material for advertisement, film and choreography. He is always willing to experiment with new ideas and has written fully orchestral music in a more classical style, musical theatre pieces and electronic music. He particularly cites John Williams, Anton Bruckner, Gary Barlow, Andrew Lippa, Max Martin and Cole Porter as influences on his musical style. More recently, Samuel has been working with Ivor Novello Awards winning musician/producer Ray Hedges who has had seven UK no1’s and over 60 top 20 hits with various acts (Take That, Boyzone, Faithless)

Hristo Kolev – Recording Engineer, Musician and Producer

Hristo or Christo as we know him specialise in mixing, production and recording. In particular Rap, R’n’B but can work with any style.

Hristo or Christo as we know him, began by writing metal and industrial music and later moved to Drum and Bass and Dubstep. Today he works mainly with cinematic and guitar driven music but also has experience of working with R’nB and Hip Hop artists. Having graduated at Manchester MIDI School he is experienced with using multiple hardware gear (SSL, Midas, Neve), amplifiers, guitar effects, microphones and recording techniques, digital and analogue desks as well DAW’s such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Ableton, Cubase, Fruity Loops and Reason.

During his time as an engineer he has worked on projects with Graham Massey (808 State) and top level voiceovers at Oscillate with actress Ruth Gibson and comedian Dan Nightingale. In fact Manchester MIDI School liked him so much he still freelances there as a technician helping students out and is also a valued member of the Oscillate Team.

Hristo Kolev