Nikò is an award-winning sound-engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has recorded everywhere from world class studios to the Himalayas. His portfolio includes numerous albums, EPs, live sessions and soundtracks; sound recording for documentary and feature film, and composing and sound-design for theatre and film. He has worked at the BBC, ITV, RAK Studios and Pinewood Studios, lectured at SAE and built several studios.
He is also an accomplished live sound tech, engineering shows at venues including the Southbank Centre, British Museum, Sheldonian Theatre and EARTH Hackney as well as co-founding two independent venues in Oxford.
His work has been supported by Arts Council England, DPA, Sennheiser, RME and Bubblebee Industries and featured by Audio Media International, Clash Magazine, BBC Radio 1, 3 and 4, BBC 6 Music and even at Paris Music Hack’s UNESCO presentation to Herbie Hancock. He’s performed at Shambala, WOMAD, La Cigale, Nouveau Casino and been selected for multiple residencies.
He is also Co-Founder and Director for Tandem Collective and Tandem Festival, using arts to create positive social and environmental change.
Nicholas is tri-lingual, growing up in Paris with Italian/English nationality, before moving to the UK.
Hannah (Jakes) has been a professional composer, arranger, producer and performer for just over two years. In this short time, her innovative music at the boundaries of classical, pop, jazz, electronic and sound art has already secured commissions from Lucas Studios, Orchestra of St John’s, Audiograft Festival and Oxford Contemporary Music, Jazz South and funding from UNESCO, Arts Council England, Oxford Culture Fund and Oxford Contemporary Music. Her productions and compositions have been featured by Clash Magazine, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and premiered at the Ashmolean Proms. She has toured the UK, Netherlands and Australia performing.
Hannah has been artist in residence with Fusion Arts for the last year, and currently works as Director and Producer at Upcycled Sounds studio. She performs and produces for various bands but her main focus is songwriter and performer with alt pop/sound art duo pecq.
Previous roles have combined her interest in the arts and in socio-environmental justice including: Co-Founder of Good Food Oxford, a food sustainability organisation; Founder of a feminist folk music initiative; Director for Tandem Collective, an organisation using arts to affect positive social and environmental change; Marketing Manager for Tandem Festival, a 3 day music festival. She has also facilitated a variety of workshops including a 10 day electronic music residential, SEN Makaton school workshops, improvisation workshops and group singing sessions.
Charlie is an artist manager and a musician based in Oxford. He joined Upcycled Sounds in late 2020 as Label Manager.
As a manager, he works with a range of early-career artists with a strong focus on artist development through building sustainable careers for his roster. Bringing this ethos to the label, he works closely with all Upcycled Sounds artists to build audiences and help maximise the impact of every release.