Chris BolsterEngineer

Chris Bolster

ENGINEER

Chris has had an interest in the capture of audio since his music teacher first allowed him to slip out of class for a few hours to set up a PA back in high school. His engineering career began not long after that in 1995 at York Street Studios in his native New Zealand, where he worked with a whole host of local talent and his passion for classic vintage equipment began with the use of the legendary 1974 EMI/NEVE Custom QUAD console that was installed at the studio.

In 1998 Chris decided to try his luck in the land afar, 5 weeks later he joined Abbey Road Studios, broadening and developing his recording knowledge along with his technique while working across a diverse range of musical projects and genres. He quickly developed a real passion for the studio’s acoustics, as well as its wealth of modern and vintage equipment still in service.
During his time at the studio Chris has worked on album and tracking sessions with some of rock, pop and electronic music’s most influential artists including Al Di Meola, Foo Fighters, John Fogerty, Kate Bush, Oasis, Matthew Herbert, Maroon 5, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, Ray LaMontagne and Take That. He has also worked beside a number of world class engineers and producers including Chris Kimsey, Danton Supple, Dave Sardy, Eddie Kramer, Ethan Johns, Geoff Emerick, Jon Brion, Phil Spector and Phill Brown.

Chris has worked on Motion Picture soundtracks for Beyond the Sea, Harry Potter, Punch Drunk Love and 12 Years A Slave. and surround DVD production work - for artists including The Beatles, Coldplay, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Placebo and Travis.

He was also involved in the live broadcast recording for the Live From Abbey Road Series, working with Bat for Lashes, Blondie, Civil Wars, Doves, Fesit, Foals, Florence + the Machine, Gossip, Gregg Allman, The Killers and Yusuf, as well as the Absolute Radio Acoustic sessions were he engineered for Beady Eye, Of Monsters and Men, Mumford and Sons, Suede and Tom Odell.
 

Discography

2016

Beautiful Lies - Birdy

Beautiful Lies

Birdy
C4's Future Sounds - Channel 4

C4's Future Sounds

Channel 4
GOGO DEMPA - Dempagumi.inc

GOGO DEMPA

Dempagumi.inc
Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic - The London Orion Orchestra

Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic

The London Orion Orchestra
Running - Comic Relief Single - James Bay

Running - Comic Relief Single

James Bay
Un'Altra Vita  - Elodie

Un'Altra Vita

Elodie

2015

 Occhi Profondi  - Emma

Occhi Profondi

Emma
Channel 4 Future Sounds Live Video Recording - Aurora, Loyle Carner, Alessia Cara, Pretty Vicious, SG Lewis, Bonkaz, Blossoms, Izzy Bizu, Barns Courtney, TALA

Channel 4 Future Sounds Live Video Recording

Aurora, Loyle Carner, Alessia Cara, Pretty Vicious, SG Lewis, Bonkaz, Blossoms, Izzy Bizu, Barns Courtney, TALA
Cover Story - The Verbs

Cover Story

The Verbs
Good Souls: The Greatest Hits - Starsailor

Good Souls: The Greatest Hits

Starsailor
Live From Abbey Road Classics - Brian Wilson & Feist

Live From Abbey Road Classics

Brian Wilson & Feist
Live From Abbey Road Session - GoGo Penguin

Live From Abbey Road Session

GoGo Penguin
Ronaldo (OST) - Walter Mair

Ronaldo (OST)

Walter Mair
The Big Music Project - BPI - Daniel Scott/Aina More

The Big Music Project - BPI

Daniel Scott/Aina More

2014

Ephemeral - Rich Aucoin

Ephemeral

Rich Aucoin
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Revisited and Beyond - Elton John

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Revisited and Beyond

Elton John
The Beatles (OST) - Magne Furuholmen

The Beatles (OST)

Magne Furuholmen
Wake Up Dreaming - Jacky Cheung

Wake Up Dreaming

Jacky Cheung

2013

All Your Life A Tribute To The Beatles - Ali Di Meola

All Your Life A Tribute To The Beatles

Ali Di Meola
Collaborations - Michael Nyman

Collaborations

Michael Nyman
Come Rain Come Shine - Tomoyasu Hotei

Come Rain Come Shine

Tomoyasu Hotei
Full Circle - Adrian Munsey and Andrew-Powell

Full Circle

Adrian Munsey and Andrew-Powell
Ice for Aureliano Buendia - Evgeny Grinko

Ice for Aureliano Buendia

Evgeny Grinko
John Wilson Orchestra at the Movies (The Bonus Tracks) - John Wilson

John Wilson Orchestra at the Movies (The Bonus Tracks)

John Wilson
Michael Nyman Collaborations - David McAlmont

Michael Nyman Collaborations

David McAlmont
Molten Gold / Pink Frost 13" - The Chills

Molten Gold / Pink Frost 13"

The Chills
Momentum (Deluxe Edition) - Jamie Cullum

Momentum (Deluxe Edition)

Jamie Cullum
New (Collector's Edition) - Paul McCartney

New (Collector's Edition)

Paul McCartney
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 12 Years a Slave

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

12 Years a Slave
Standards For Living - Steen Jorgensen

Standards For Living

Steen Jorgensen
The Founder Effect I - Wilkinson, Thomas, Noble & Coxon

The Founder Effect I

Wilkinson, Thomas, Noble & Coxon
The Founder Effect II - Wilkinson, Thomas, Noble & Coxon

The Founder Effect II

Wilkinson, Thomas, Noble & Coxon
The Founder Effect III - Thomas, Noble, The Both

The Founder Effect III

Thomas, Noble, The Both
Wrote A Song For Everyone - John Fogerty

Wrote A Song For Everyone

John Fogerty

2012

Human Heart - Ramin Karimloo

Human Heart

Ramin Karimloo
Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Rick Wakeman

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Rick Wakeman
Mörkerseende - Andreas Grega

Mörkerseende

Andreas Grega
Overexposed - Maroon 5

Overexposed

Maroon 5
ParaNorman (Original Soundtrack) - Jon Brion

ParaNorman (Original Soundtrack)

Jon Brion
Season 5 - Live From Abbey Road

Season 5

Live From Abbey Road
The Best of Yami Matsutoya: 40th Anniversary - Yami Matsutoya

The Best of Yami Matsutoya: 40th Anniversary

Yami Matsutoya

2011

50 Words For Snow - Kate Bush

50 Words For Snow

Kate Bush
Cold Blows The Wind - Bellowhead

Cold Blows The Wind

Bellowhead
Director's Cut - Kate Bush

Director's Cut

Kate Bush
Don't Worry - About Group

Don't Worry

About Group
Emergencys, False Alarms, Shipwrecks, Castaways, Fragile Creatures, Special Features, Demons And Demonstrations 1999-2010 - Joel Plaskett

Emergencys, False Alarms, Shipwrecks, Castaways, Fragile Creatures, Special Features, Demons And Demonstrations 1999-2010

Joel Plaskett
L'Amore E Una Cosa Semplice - Tiziano Ferro

L'Amore E Una Cosa Semplice

Tiziano Ferro
Letters - Matt Cardle

Letters

Matt Cardle
Season 4 - Live From Abbey Road

Season 4

Live From Abbey Road
Start & Complete - About Group

Start & Complete

About Group
You're No Good - About Group

You're No Good

About Group

2010

Hedonism - Bellowhead

Hedonism

Bellowhead
Imagine Project - Herbie Hancock

Imagine Project

Herbie Hancock
Isla - Portico Quartet

Isla

Portico Quartet
John Ireland: Orchestral Songs and Miniatures - BBC Concert Orchestra / Roderick Williams / John Williams / Martin Yates

John Ireland: Orchestral Songs and Miniatures

BBC Concert Orchestra / Roderick Williams / John Williams / Martin Yates
Meta - Sonohra

Meta

Sonohra
We Will Remember Them - Various Artists

We Will Remember Them

Various Artists

2009

Greatest Hits - Foo Fighters

Greatest Hits

Foo Fighters
Libres - Sonohra

Libres

Sonohra
NW8 - Guus Meeuwis

NW8

Guus Meeuwis
Season 3 - Live From Abbey Road

Season 3

Live From Abbey Road
The Beatles Rockband - The Beatles / Harmonix

The Beatles Rockband

The Beatles / Harmonix

2008

Alla Mia Età - Tiziano Ferro

Alla Mia Età

Tiziano Ferro
Dig Out Your Soul - Oasis

Dig Out Your Soul

Oasis
Hooked - Sophie Delila

Hooked

Sophie Delila
Ray LaMontagne - Gossip In The Grain

Ray LaMontagne

Gossip In The Grain
Reborn - ERA

Reborn

ERA
Safe Trip Home - Dido

Safe Trip Home

Dido
Season 2 - Live From Abbey Road

Season 2

Live From Abbey Road
Silent Cry - Feeder

Silent Cry

Feeder
Songs and Themes - Spring Heel Jack

Songs and Themes

Spring Heel Jack
There's Me and There's You - Herbert

There's Me and There's You

Herbert

2007

12 - Herbert Grönemeyer

12

Herbert Grönemeyer
Memory Almost Full - Paul McCartney

Memory Almost Full

Paul McCartney
Score - Matthew Herbert

Score

Matthew Herbert
Season 1 - Live From Abbey Road

Season 1

Live From Abbey Road
The McCartney Years - Paul McCartney

The McCartney Years

Paul McCartney
Time Machine - Машина Времени

Time Machine

Машина Времени

2006

Anthony Collins: Vanity Fair; Etc. - BBC Concert Orchestra / John Wilson

Anthony Collins: Vanity Fair; Etc.

BBC Concert Orchestra / John Wilson
Beautiful News - Matt Redman

Beautiful News

Matt Redman
Beautiful World - Take That

Beautiful World

Take That
Elgar: The Spirit of England - BBC Symphony Orchestra / David Lloyd-Jones

Elgar: The Spirit of England

BBC Symphony Orchestra / David Lloyd-Jones
In the Lounge with Gary Williams and his musicians - Gary Williams

In the Lounge with Gary Williams and his musicians

Gary Williams
Kortgehouden - Freek de Jonge

Kortgehouden

Freek de Jonge
LOVE - The Beatles / Cirque du Soleil

LOVE

The Beatles / Cirque du Soleil
Magpie - Stephen Fretwell

Magpie

Stephen Fretwell
Nessuno è Solo - Tiziano Ferro

Nessuno è Solo

Tiziano Ferro
Scale - Matthew Herbert

Scale

Matthew Herbert
Under Attack - The Alarm

Under Attack

The Alarm

2005

Aerial - Kate Bush

Aerial

Kate Bush
Alone Together - Gary Williams

Alone Together

Gary Williams
Concert for Bangladesh - George Harrison

Concert for Bangladesh

George Harrison
Edward German - BBC Concert Orchestra / John Wilson

Edward German

BBC Concert Orchestra / John Wilson
Elgar: The Sketches, Drafts and Recordings of His Piano Concerto - David Lloyd-Jones / David Owen Norris

Elgar: The Sketches, Drafts and Recordings of His Piano Concerto

David Lloyd-Jones / David Owen Norris
New York - Stephen Fretwell

New York

Stephen Fretwell
Popeline - Diane Tell

Popeline

Diane Tell
Prince of Darkness - Ozzy Osbourne

Prince of Darkness

Ozzy Osbourne
Remixed - Lamb

Remixed

Lamb
Some Time in New York City - John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band

Some Time in New York City

John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band
Welcome to Japan - The Music

Welcome to Japan

The Music

2004

Absent Friends - The Divine Comedy

Absent Friends

The Divine Comedy
Best Kept Secrets: The Best Of Lamb 1996-2004 - Lamb

Best Kept Secrets: The Best Of Lamb 1996-2004

Lamb
Beyond The Sea (Original Soundtrack) - Kevin Spacey

Beyond The Sea (Original Soundtrack)

Kevin Spacey
Early Years - Electric Light Orchestra

Early Years

Electric Light Orchestra
Soulmates Never Die (Live in Paris 2003) - Placebo

Soulmates Never Die (Live in Paris 2003)

Placebo
Zurawski - Zurawski

Zurawski

Zurawski

2003

52-Week High - Flying Other Brothers

52-Week High

Flying Other Brothers
Between Darkness and Wonder - Lamb

Between Darkness and Wonder

Lamb
Concerto for Group and Orchestra - Deep Purple / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Concerto for Group and Orchestra

Deep Purple / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
ELO 2 (First Light Series) - Electric Light Orchestra

ELO 2 (First Light Series)

Electric Light Orchestra
Goodbye Swingtime - The Matthew Herbert Big Band

Goodbye Swingtime

The Matthew Herbert Big Band
Live 2003 - Coldplay

Live 2003

Coldplay
Nathalie (Original Soundtrack) - Michael Nyman

Nathalie (Original Soundtrack)

Michael Nyman
Red, White and Blues - Martin Scorsese Presents

Red, White and Blues

Martin Scorsese Presents
Silence Is Easy - Starsailor

Silence Is Easy

Starsailor
Summer - Summer

Summer

Summer
The American Adventure - The Electric Soft Parade

The American Adventure

The Electric Soft Parade
The Beatles Anthology [DVD] - The Beatles

The Beatles Anthology [DVD]

The Beatles
The Life of David Gale [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Alex and Jack Parker

The Life of David Gale [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Alex and Jack Parker
You Gotta Go There To Come Back - Stereophonics

You Gotta Go There To Come Back

Stereophonics

2002

Crepúsculo - Duncan Dhu

Crepúsculo

Duncan Dhu
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - John Williams

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

John Williams
Kooky Tunes [Jay] - Keith Thompson

Kooky Tunes [Jay]

Keith Thompson
Possession [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Gabriel Yared

Possession [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Gabriel Yared
Sangam: Michael Nyman Meets Indian Masters - Michael Nyman

Sangam: Michael Nyman Meets Indian Masters

Michael Nyman
Simple Song - Matt Bogart

Simple Song

Matt Bogart
So Far - Susan Egan

So Far

Susan Egan
Thunderpants (Original Soundtrack) - Rupert Gregson Williams

Thunderpants (Original Soundtrack)

Rupert Gregson Williams
We Were Soldiers [Original Motion Picture Score] - Nick Glennie-Smith

We Were Soldiers [Original Motion Picture Score]

Nick Glennie-Smith

2001

Iris (Original Soundtrack) - James Horner

Iris (Original Soundtrack)

James Horner
Just Enough Education To Perform - Stereophonics

Just Enough Education To Perform

Stereophonics
More Than Us (Live in Glasgow) - Travis

More Than Us (Live in Glasgow)

Travis
Upswing - The Peter Cater Big Band

Upswing

The Peter Cater Big Band
What Sound - Lamb

What Sound

Lamb

2000

fetish - Tomoyasu Hotei

fetish

Tomoyasu Hotei
Live at Abbey Road - Laurie Holloway

Live at Abbey Road

Laurie Holloway
The Greatest Hits - Texas

The Greatest Hits

Texas

1999

Space: 1999 (Year 1 - An Original Soundtrack Recording) - Barry Gray

Space: 1999 (Year 1 - An Original Soundtrack Recording)

Barry Gray
Take in the Sun - Bike

Take in the Sun

Bike

1998

Space: 1999 (Year 2 - An Original Soundtrack Recording) - Derek Wadsworth

Space: 1999 (Year 2 - An Original Soundtrack Recording)

Derek Wadsworth
Supersystem - The Feelers

Supersystem

The Feelers

1997

Better Never Than Late - The Exponents

Better Never Than Late

The Exponents
Suddenly Strange - Bic Runga

Suddenly Strange

Bic Runga
Vision - Mark De Clive Lowe

Vision

Mark De Clive Lowe

1996

Backspacer - Supergroove

Backspacer

Supergroove