Hackenbacker mixes charity single to rival The X Factor for Christmas No. 1

Hackenbacker has recently mixed a charity single penned by Katie Elliott and Anthony Marks to raise money for homeless charity Shelter and a Gloucestershire youth centre, entitled ‘Meet Me in Winter’.

Produced by Ian Dean, who has previously worked with Sir Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler and Dame Evelyn Glennie, the track was mixed at audio post facility Hackenbacker, which offered free studio time, as well as the services of Hackenbacker founder Nigel Heath to deliver a 5.1 mix for the song’s promo video. Heath has also mixed and mastered the single, which is available from both iTunes and at retail now.

“I first heard about this project through Ian, who I first met when I was sound editing Sir Paul McCartney’s Tropic Island Hum film in the late 1990s,” Heath explained. “I really liked what the project was doing and found Katie’s story both moving and inspiring. The mix for the promo is pretty cool as we were able to really exploit the 5.1 aspect to add a new and exciting sonic element to what was already a beautiful track.”

The ‘Meet Me in Winter’ project was inspired by Elliott’s experiences with bipolar disorder and the support she received from her local community in Wotton-Under-Edge.

“This community has helped and supported me through difficult times and I want to give something back,” she said. “The more I’ve talked to people about my experiences, the more I’ve realised that many others feel the same way. We all have stories to tell about what community means to us and we all have something to share.”

Heath concluded: “It was great to mix the track for Ian and Katie and to feel that our London-based company was doing a little to help a community project that may be quite a way from us geographically but is close to us all in terms of its message. Hopefully this promo will be seen by many people and they will all go out and buy the single.”