Mike Johnson is the ultimate, model mix engineer that any client would want shaping and enhancing their sound. He is the owner of Clear Track Studios, world-class recording studios located in Clearwater Florida, and a highly sought after mixing engineer for many of Spencer Bradham’s clients. Mike’s brilliant ear and inherent dedication help him put focus on the details of every song, ensuring a crisp sound with emotional power that connects with every listener.
Growing up in Connecticut, Mike took to the guitar at the ripe age of 8 years old. Inspired by the killer music of Van Halen, Metallica, Stevie Ray Vaughn and AC/DC, he attempted to emulate the tones of these titans of rock, and in doing so, Mike found that his true passion was beyond the fret board and actually behind the mixing board. Mike quickly developed a very hands-on, technical approach to recording from creating, building and working out of numerous studios, such as a tiny 25x25 studio in a colossal barn, a home studio in his grandma's basement, and even a portable studio he would bring into peoples homes. In 2002, he attended Full Sail University in Orlando and obtained a degree in Recording Arts which put him behind his first SSL console that created yet another foundation for his recording education. Not long after, Mike dreamed up the idea for creating a state of the art recording studio with one of his neighbors and soon-to-be best friends, Spencer Bradham. After strategic planning and a year and a half of building, he made this dream a reality.
With his impressive technical background and expertise behind the console, Mike provides the perfect bed for any clients’ musical goal. Specializing in rock, alternative and adult contemporary, his confident engineer instincts have influenced his mixing flow into a nice combination of thinking outside the box while still mixing in a methodical, calculated manner. Mike does not shape sounds into feel-good stuff; his final product is bigger than that. Whether he is molding mind-blowing layers of cascading guitar, modifying bindle-stiff blues progressions, or shaping hypnotic heartland-rock melodies, Mike is an absolute master of the boards who does whatever it takes to formulate the perfect mix. His wicked precision, technical brilliance and 20 years of studio experience gives clients a harmoniously fortuitous advantage when working with Mike.
Mike and Spencer are an impeccable engineer/producer power team. Over the past 5 years, they have developed the studio together and collaborated on numerous albums in a slew of styles for Spencer’s clients. Their fantastic communication and complimentary musical vision inspires consistent mixing success and wickedly, awe-inspiring music.
Colleen Bradham is the idealistic, quick-witted, vocal harmonic savant of the team. She is a singer/songwriter for Bradham, an indie-pop-country duet based in Clearwater Florida, designer/webmaster of this website, songwriter for corporate interests and a session vocalist for several of Spencer Bradham’s clients. Colleen’s transcendent harmonies, extensive vocabulary and lighthearted humor makes her a creative breath of fresh air for clients she works with.
A Florida native, Colleen was born into this world with an instant affinity for all things music. Performing in glee-like show choirs, renaissance madrigalian groups, collegiate a cappella, amusement parks and a cover band that played shows throughout Tampa Bay, Colleen’s experience with any and ever genre has influenced her vocal composing and writing method. Developing grabby indie-pop songs, the kind Rivers Cuomo used to write in the garage with seemingly corny but heartwarming lyrics, Colleen enjoys blending crunchy riffs and wistful melodies with the beautiful, cockeyed optimism of youth.
Colleen’s clever lyrics and musical simplicity as a corporate songwriter and session vocalist guarantees that your message will not go unheard. Her ability to think outside of the box while maintaining professionalism to represent your business allows for a unique end product that will not only catch your future customers eye, but it will absolutely stand out among other advertising. When she is not working with Spencer's corporate clients, Colleen moonlights as a session vocalist and harmonizer for lyricists, songwriters, solo artists and bands who work with Spencer and need a female voice on their tracks. Whether it's a 5-second jingle, layered harmonies strengthening ones sound, or lyrics that paint a melodic picture, Colleen can do it all and then some. Joining together a blend of a compelling lyric writing, imaginative harmonies and 15 years of experience, Colleen puts her heart into each project and does whatever it takes to exceed the expectations of everyone involved.
As a husband and wife team, Colleen and Spencer work together harmoniously. Whether they are writing and recording their own music or creating songs for clients, their unspoken understanding and mutual devotion for building great tracks has been the key to their success. No matter the project, this pair does whatever it takes to provide superior service and perfect products for everyone they work with.
Spencer Gill is the savviest, most proficient guitarist that anyone and everyone would want playing on their record. He is the guitarist for Tides of Man, a post-rock band based in Clearwater Florida, and a highly sought after session guitarist for many of Spencer Bradham’s clients. Spencer’s confident grooves, sonic soundscapes, and intricate finger picking are touches that guarantee a home run every time for every client and fan.
Growing up in North Carolina, Spencer was mostly influenced by blues and classic rock sounds. Over time, he transmuted the music of his youth into instrumental post-rock with glistening harmonized leads, ambient reverberations and melodic arpeggiated breakdowns. Spencer’s uncanny knack for both creating and shrinking spaces would eventually become the blueprint for later luminaries like “Young & Courageous," which he created with Tides of Man. The gradual but powerful dynamics with which he peppers their already impressive catalog hints at Spencer Gill’s comfortable finesse, but his true genius lies in the way he treats the guitar as an animated sound source rather than a static instrument. In his hands, and within a complex compositional framework, the guitar sounds limitless, capable of screaming, sighing, soaring, and crying — as if Hendrix were sitting in with a post-rock band.
Outside of Tides, Spencer’s versatility and musical mastery as a session guitarist impress all who walk through the studio doors. His fluid proficiency behind the fret board demonstrates his ability to play any guitar part with accuracy and ease no matter the style. Whether playing scabrous grindcore or juxtaposing smooth blues solos or coming up with logically precise pop riffage, Spencer can do it all and do it flawlessly. Combining a blend of crafty dynamics, a laid-back adaptability, knowledge of every style and 15 years of experience, Spencer approaches each project with great care in order to provide a superior sound based off of exactly what the clients wants.
As a team, the Spencer’s work together smoothly. Having created on numerous projects in countless genres for the past 5 years, their sharp communication and mutual affinity for creating great tracks has been the key to their success. No matter what, this pair goes to great lengths to provide the best production for each artist they work with.
Josh Gould is the sharpest, most well-rounded drummer that any instrumentalist would be privileged to play with. He is the percussionist for Tides of Man, a post-rock band out of Clearwater Florida, and an incredibly in demand session drummer for many of Spencer Bradham’s clients. Josh’s driving beats, powerful technique, and inventive rhythms are just the nuances that vow for a direct hit no matter the audience.
Born in LA and raised in Florida, Josh developed his talent based on the styles of numerous Motown and funk groups. As he grew older, he transposed those interests into post-rock music featuring ear-bending fills, intricate drum patterns, and sophisticated accents. Demonstrating a killer combination of timing and texture, Josh’s exceptional style is beautifully showcased in “Young & Courageous,"which he created with Tides of Man. Josh effortlessly performs a swirling soup of percussive ambience, atmospheric beats, progressive funk and woolly jammage that easily tips us off to his indisputable skillfullness. You can hear him hit his kit with intensity and ferocity but he is never off time or disruptive. No easy feat for a drummer in a band whose music dynamically moves from a brisk, booming powerhouse to a gradual hushed stillness. Candidly speaking, Josh's drumming is accurate and penetrating.
Beyond his artistic endeavors, Josh is the definition of a drummer with whom every musician loves to work. Perhaps that's why he is so in demand with Spencer’s clients at Clear Track. His solid artistry behind a kit showcases his ability to play tight and often technically demanding grooves, with lively speed, prevailing dynamics and perplexing time signatures no matter the genre. Whether the clients music requires punchy pop rhythms or heavy-hearted 90s era punk fills or intricate rolls and jazz grooves, Josh can do it smoothly. An accumulation of technical precision, unending stamina and 14 years of percussion experience makes Josh a prized asset to any recording.
As a team, Josh and Spencer work together famously. Over the past 10 years, they have performed in different bands together and collaborated on several albums in a myriad of styles for many of Spencer’s clients. Both Josh and Spencer’s laid back demeanor and musical aptitude makes for a seamless recording session every time.
Alan Jaye is the firework-fingered, soulful titan that adds an aesthetic resonance and bassy depth to all songs he plays on. He is the bassist for Tides of Man, a post-rock band based in Clearwater Florida, and an incredibly popular session bassist for many of Spencer Bradham’s clients. Alan’s intelligent, technical rhythms and tighter than tight bass grooves have gained him fans from all over the globe and numerous return clients at Clear Track Studios.
Alan was influenced by a wide variety of musical styles that aided in his growth as an artist. Funk, jazz, rock, and even hip hop shaped his intricate bass melodies and complex arrangements which were eventually adapted into an instrumental post-rock sound. With body shaking bass riffs, inventive fret work and powerful jaw-dropping speed, Alan's subsonic, foundational frequencies are the cornerstone for albums like “Young & Courageous," created with Tides of Man. The unnerving ambiance and pixelated swelling of the modulated hum of Alan's well-written bass parts suggest at his ingenious skill, but his true brilliance is best seen on stage interacting and communicating with his audience. All of these elements combined make him one of the finest four-stringers in the music industry.
Alan’s exceptional style and unparalleled precision are also seen in the studio when he is a session bassist. While delivering the driving low end, he encapsulates the spirit of every genre making him a very valuable entity for any recording. Whether it’s in-the-pocket country, unfiltered piston-pumped metal, frenzied riffing blues or laid-back 50s boogie, Alan does it all and with a muscular brilliance. Combining a brew of a monstrously assured technique, an endearing demeanor and 20 years of experience, Alan cares for his clients, takes great pride in his work and makes sure to deliver an intuitive recording that resonates deep in your bones.
As a team, Alan and Spencer work together excellently. Over the past 10 years, they have performed in various bands and collaborated on several albums in countless genres. Their natural chemistry and infectious appetite for creating great tracks has been the key to their success. No matter the genre or the time it takes, this duo goes above and beyond to ensure an immaculate product for each client.