GCRS appoints new sound designer

Grand Central Recording Studios (GCRS) has hired Culum Simpson as sound designer.

The appointment comes shortly after the launch of new rooftop studio space The Lofts, and on the back of an ‘exciting’ period of growth for GCRS.

Simpson has five years’ experience in audio, working at London studio Jungle on campaigns for the likes of Google, Pepsi, National Autistic Society, PETA and the Royal Navy. He has had what can be described as an unusually rapid rise to success, gaining three major sound awards for his work in his first year as a sound designer.

Before moving into sound design, Simpson worked as an actor, played in a band and ran his own rehearsal studios – a range of experiences which he feels has contributed to his skill and creativity in sound design.

He will be tasked with supporting GCRS in its ambition to bring ‘audio excellence’ to some of the world’s best commercial spots and will also take an active role in ensuring that the company continues to nurture talent at all stages of development.

Carole Humphrey, managing director at GCRS, commented: “We are tremendously excited about welcoming Culum to GC. Not only is he a true rising star in the UK sound industry, but he is also a really nice bloke. He is going to be a great fit with the culture here and I know that his talent, creativity and enthusiasm will make him very popular with all of our clients.”

Commenting on his new role, Simpson added: “I have had my eye on GCRS for a very long time and was absolutely delighted when Carole approached me to be part of the team. As well as working with this talented group of people, on critically-acclaimed commercials for world-leading brands, I’m excited to be learning what is possible with the top-of-the-range audio equipment that GCRS has invested in.”

GCRS’ seventh floor studio space The Lofts opened in late 2015 and, later this year, Studio Five will become one of the first commercial sound studios in London to incorporate Dolby Atmos.