Ian Preston is a multi-instrumentalist, producer & singer-songwriter, teaching singers of all abilities, from complete beginners to touring pros, in Shoreditch & Crystal Palace, London.
Ian is an experienced & extremely supportive coach, highly musical, friendly & a good listener. With clients on both major & independent record labels (Universal, Island & Domino), he has the knowledge & experience to help you improve your singing, whatever your experience level & whatever your goal.
Sessions are held 1-1, tailored especially to help you discover your own unique sound in any or all modern singing styles, from Rock, Pop, Folk, Punk & R&B, to HipHop, Singer-Songwriter, Alternative, Jazz & Blues.
Everyone is completely unique, and so the lessons are individually tailored towards what you are looking to get out of them. The relationship between the coach & the singer is fundamental to success. Ian is warm, & non-judgemental, a great listener, and your musical best friend.
Sessions vary greatly between different singers, but in general, you can expect to receive first class modern vocal technique- whatever your needs. You’ll generally learn to connect with your proper breathing & support system, as well as learning how to connect properly with healthy vocal cords, before exercising & strengthen your voice throughout its range.
Apart from technique, and any vocal problem solving, the vocal coaching aspect is where Ian is particularly strong & helpful. Technique is necessary as far as it enables you to express yourself, soulfully, within a song. Ian will always encourage you to find your own voice, your own sound, that you can knock people out with.
Whilst there is occasionally singing with backing tracks, much more often Ian prefers to make live music with you on guitar, or piano, live in the studio. You’ll also likely make a number of demo recordings as you progress- there’s a decent range of recording equipment in the studio, and Ian loves making demos with his clients, for them to take home, enjoy and to analyse progress made. Over a course of sessions with Ian, you’ll discover & develop your best repertoire, and have a great lot of fun on the way.
If you’re a complete beginner, you’ll have full support & necessary advice & confidence to help you move beyond your fears & develop your full, free voice. Ian has taught countless beginners to break free of their limitations, showing them the skills needed to sing in ways they never could imagine.
Sessions are fun & musical, & whether you’re a professional singer/ musician, or a complete beginner looking to sing “just for fun”, you’ll be very welcome in the studio.
Sessions are held in a fully equipped music studio along the Hackney Road. Equipment includes a full sized 88-key Roland stage piano keyboard, both acoustic & electric guitars, PA speakers & microphone, singing book library & Alesis mixer audio interface for recording demo’s. There’s usually a good assortment of percussion instruments lying around also!
The studio itself is an old community music building adjacent to the famous Premises music recording studios. There’s a great community of artists & musicians around & surrounding the building, the hub of this is the Premises Cafe next door- a great place to grab a tea or coffee or some excellent Turkish food whilst waiting for your lesson.
Sessions in Crystal Palace, South London are held in Ian’s private home studio, a fully soundproofed out-house building at the bottom of a garden containing a beautiful Magnolia tree! It’s cosier in here than in the London studio, but no less well equipped- another full sized piano keyboard, numerous guitars, drum kit & a more dedicated recording studio with a greater selection of microphones and outboard equipment. Click here for Crystal Palace studio and contact details.
Ian has played piano & guitar since a young age, and first began writing songs in his early twenties. His first band, Fuzzy Zola, formed with school friends saw them record a few demos & a few performances in London before they moved off in different musical directions. He continued to develop his recording & performance skills in various bands & his own solo projects in & around Brighton, whilst also running a weekly acoustic music night in The Western Front showcasing local talent.
Since moving to London he has been contributing instrumentals & production skills on numerous artists projects, self-producing & recording an album of Leonard Cohen songs, whilst continuing to develop his own material as a singer-songwriter. Last year he performed at The Crystal Palace Overground Festival with Ron McelRoy & Andrew Burke on guitars, & Franck Alba on Drums, playing some material from his debut EP, which is due to be released this year under the moniker ‘Duke Bradley’. Ian also plays electric guitar as one half of the new Crystal Palace Punk duo ‘Sun & Ferious’, who are also due to be releasing their debut tracks this year. 2015 is promising to be an exciting year!
“Ian’s style is relaxed, non-judgemental, supportive and fun. He helped me tune in to my body’s way of naturally singing, without force, helping me unlock areas of my voice I’d never used before. Ian is a sensitive teacher and a good listener so was able to tune into what I needed to help me move to the next stage. Heartily recommended!”
“I have had so much fun learning with Ian and have gained lots of confidence and control in my singing. Being in a touring band singing every night, its easy to strain your voice. But Ian’s techniques have meant I have been able to perform without worry every night!”
“Ian’s a fantastic and friendly singing teacher who, unlike my previous teachers, allowed me to break out of my shell and learn to find my voice in a comfortable and fun setting. Would highly recommend him”
“As a complete novice to performing, I was initially apprehensive about singing in front of a stranger but Ian’s teaching style put me at immediate ease. Learning to control my breathing has given me a new-found singing confidence and the daily exercises he gave me have strengthened my voice hugely. In just 5 lessons I feel like I now understand how to make the best of my voice.”
“Can’t thank Ian enough for giving me back my confidence in my voice and introducing me to new techniques and exercises to develop my range and sound. Ian is a great coach to work with, friendly and professional without any pretence or agenda. I would always leave my lessons feeling refreshed and excited, they were very productive times”
“I immediately felt more confident in my voice and in my ability to sing in front of others. Having only ever sung in front of a couple of friends before, I’m now happy to sing in front of anyone – and after just 4 lessons I performed my first gig. Ian’s holistic approach to voice training and singing has greatly benefitted me and is a lot of fun! The lessons are perfectly tailored to my strengths and weaknesses”
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Nearest Trains – Hoxton Overground (4 min walk), Old Street Tube (15 min walk).
Buses that stop right near the studio are: 26, 48, 55.
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