Andy Sneap

Producer, Musician, Mixer & Mastering Engineer

(Megadeth, Accept, Exodus, Hell, Killswitch, Onslaught, Testament)



Backstage Recording Studio was originally set up in 1994 by ex-Sabbat guitarist Andy Sneap, to be used as a small demo facility for himself and local bands from within the Midlands area.

The studio has gone from strength to strength culminating in relocation to a 16th century 15 acre fully residential farm in 2001. Situated in rural Derbyshire the studio is within easy reach of the M1 and A38 and is within half an hours drive from Nottingham, Derby and East Midlands Airport. Birmingham International Airport is approx one hour’s drive away and rail links to London are direct from Derby.

Backstage has directed itself towards the rock/metal fraternity, with labels including Nuclear Blast, Century Media, Roadrunner, Metal Blade, Ferret and Sony among others, making constant use of the facilities.

Backstage now has two full Pro Tools studios equipped with Pro Tools HD set ups, with outboard by the likes of Focusrite, Tubetech SPL, SSL, Crane Song, Amek and Alan Smart.

Having worked with Megadeth, Accept, Killswitch Engage, Opeth, Testament, Exodus, Kreator, Nevermore, Arch Enemy and Machine Head, Andy is known worldwide for producing some of the heaviest albums released this last decade with Opeth’s ‘Deliverence’ being awarded a Swedish Grammy in 2002 and Killswitch Engage’s ‘End Of Heartache’ along with Megadeth’s ‘Headcrusher” nominated for a US Grammy.


Backstage Recording Studios

Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Warm Audio Gear

  • WA-2A Opto Compressor
  • WA76 Discrete Compressor
  • 2 - EQP-WA Tube Equalizers


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