Our Team

Chris Hughes – Manager and Head Engineer/Music Producer

Chris has 20 years experience as a producer, songwriter, musician, mix and mastering engineer, 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 in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, and within 10 years has expended this into two state of the art facilities at Knutsford and Fourways House, Hilton Street.

Chris is a sought after multi-talented musician, producer, mixing and mastering engineer having worked with hundreds of artists, bands, major record labels and celebrities. Some of the pick of the people he has worked with are The Courteeners, Perrie Edwards (Little Mix), Tones & I, Cristoph, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Yendry, Babyshambles (Pete Doherty – The Libertines), Peter Hook, Paul Pogba, Gary Neville and Jason Manford, 

He has mixed and mastered major albums including Calva Louise/Euphoric, Strange Bones/England Screams and for Ubisoft (PostMatch – LoFi Music)

As a songwriter he has written and produced for countless artists some of the picks being Lewis Maxwell Capturing The Dark and music campaigns for The Royal Society Of Chemistry through to Bloom Franchise (album currently streaming 4 million and counting).

He has also worked as a producer for BBC Outreach’s Keep It Real project in conjunction with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a musician he has supported New Order and Jamie T.

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 Abbey 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 also currently doing guest mixes for radio shows, soon to have his own monthly shows.

Dan Leaning – Music Producer & Mix Engineer

Dan’s initial introduction to music was as a Drummer, and has since amassed over 5 years of experience performing at venues and festivals in the North of England.
Dan obtained a BA Hons in Music and Sound Production from BIMM Manchester in 2023, and it was there that he won the university’s 2022 Remix Competition, which opened up an opportunity for a personal Masterclass with legendary Producer & Engineer, Rick Snoman at Altar Studios. Rick has performed work for stalwarts of the Music Industry like Britney Spears, The Chainsmokers, The Stone Roses, & Justin Timberlake.

Dan’s main focus is Post-Production and Mixing, in which his objective is to extract the maximum from the Client’s creative vision, by tailoring his approach and workflow with the artist in mind.

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