I am a songwriter, recording engineer, and podcaster based in Edmonton, Alberta. I completed a Bachelor of Music degree with a Major in Recording and Production from MacEwan University in April 2021, and also completed a diploma in music composition in November 2020.
My songs use our unique political and natural geography in Western Canada to explore relationships, solitude, and how we connect with the past. My production practice has involved work in professional studios as well as extremely scrappy, DIY recording setups, and I pride myself on my flexibility and creativity in making the best of the limitations that exist on any given project. Using existing limitations or imposing new ones has proven to be fertile creative ground in my work, which has led me to experiment with field recordings, archival audio, and analog recording. Play and experimentation in the studio are both crucial parts of my recording practice. I currently work out of Riverdale Recorders in Edmonton, AB.
I also host and produce a podcast for the Cups N Cakes Network called "Inside the Artist's Studio". It's an interview show that features guests who work in the Canadian music scene, with notable episodes featuring Corb Lund, Dan Mangan, Cadence Weapon, and Jennifer Castle. I came on board as a co-producer for the show in August 2018, and as of October 2020 am the sole producer and host for the podcast.
Outside of my songwriting and audio production work, I help a number of bands and artists to release music through Grade School Records, a record label I co-founded with Harman Burns and Dylan Sylvester.
fig 1: Sean Davis Newton - "He Sold Himself Short". Released October 29th, 2021. Produced by Aladean Kheroufi. Musing on resource extraction, cigarettes, and bloodsuckers.
fig 2: Sean Davis Newton - "I Hope Your House Falls Down". Single. Released October 1st, 2021. Produced by Sean Davis Newton. A protest song directed at Mr. Fake Cowboy Man.