Welcome to Crown Lane Studio, click on the tabs below to find out more about the staff team.
When my wife and I decided to launch Crown Lane in 2007, our primary goal was for musicians to feel at home. In this environment creativity and excellence can thrive. In 2010, we expanded our double-room studio to include one further rehearsal and recording room, and a link to the adjacent coffee house.
We are constantly evolving to keep Crown Lane at the cutting edge of the creative sector, with new visuals and video department launched in 2012 and other services on offer for the creative musician. Clients principally choose us for our consistent sound, but a very close second is the fantastic experience had by our clients and friends. Read reviews here, and view our client list here.
You will find most of what you need within this website, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch, so Crown Lane can soon become part of your story too.
Crown Lane Productions Ltd.
Studio manager and co-director of Crown Lane, John Merriman graduated in 2001 from Canterbury Christ Church University with a 2:1 in Music (Audio Engineering and Percussion focus) and a PGCE teaching qualification in music. Alongside always working in music production, he has hosted creative music related training courses in many different countries from Bulgaria to Zimbabwe as well as managing UK music tours.
In July 2007 he ceased working as a music teacher at Cheam High School where he was both Head of Music Technology and a governor, to pursue his major passion in recording and producing music. He and his wife, Ruth (co-director) have put everything into making Crown Lane the home for musicians that it has become. In 2013, John won the Merton Borough Civic Award for Arts and Entertainment and the overall award for the night.
Bill has worked at Crown Lane since 2008 and is involved with session playing, recording, producing and mastering. Bill has been playing guitar, bass and singing in bands and studios since the 70s! Yes, he’s THAT old… This has included Festival, T.V and radio work.
Prior to working at Crown Lane and in addition to regularly gigging with a variety of bands, Bill worked in the I.T. industry for 20 years followed by work teaching adults I.T. as well as Maths and English at Kings College London and South Thames College.
Bill has a keen ear for music and pays great attention to getting the best sound from instruments and singers. He is particularly focused on guitar and bass tone due to his experience playing and recording with these instruments.
Bill’s own gear includes:-
Paul Reed Smith McCarty rosewood guitar, Roger Giffin Custom Strat, Lowden F32 acoustic, Washburn Nylon string acoustic, Fender Jazz active 5 string, Two Rock Studio Pro Plus amp, and Boutique effects pedals from Empress, Xotic and Retro-Sonic et al.
David began working at Crown Lane Studio in April 2012 to develop the artist services we offer here. A songwriter and musician himself, David knows exactly how it feels to write, record and gig regularly and also how important media and marketing is in developing your public identity as an artist.
Previous to working at Crown Lane, David studied video production, English and creative writing at Chichester University from 2005-2008, gaining a 2:1. Following his degree, he worked in youth work for two years followed by two years making coffee at Tariro Coffee House in front of the studio.
Our artist services work on a pay-as-you-go basis rather than the traditional record label structure. We believe this method works as it puts you in control of your project. David will work alongside you in one-to-one marketing workshops, video production (music videos, promotional videos and documentaries), online distribution to top digital stores as well as pointing you in the right direction to incredible local photographers and designers.
Nathan is the most recent member of the Crown Lane team, currently studying at Sutton Grammar School, he aims to go on to study engineering at university. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys a variety of music and football. You’ll most likely get to meet Nathan if you’re here rehearsing on a Thursday evening.