Olly Harmer has been at the helm of The Lab since 2003, and now has extensive skills as both a recording and mixing engineer. His client list is full of New Zealand's iconic bands and artists. More recently, he has begun offering mastering services.
Olly has won engineer of the year twice. Firstly for his work on the Naked And Famous album "Passive Me, Agressive You" in 2011, and again in 2015 for Mel Parsons' album "Drylands".
With a genre spanning resume, Olly’s worked with a host of New Zealand’s finest musical talent. On top of that, he maintains the equipment, builds microphones, guitar amps and other studio gear, and after a several years of Trademe membership, he has managed to amass a fine collection of interesting and vintage instruments, amps, recording equipment and eccentric lamps.
With over 20 years experience covering a wide range of musical ventures, Jol has worked around the world as a performer, sound engineer, producer, composer and session musician.
Jol has been working out of The Lab for several fruitful years, and in that time he has built up a reputation as a gifted and creative producer, as well as a fine engineer. Having spent 2011/12 in New York and the UK performing, recording and touring with various artists, he's back at the Lab and operates out of The Oven.
Most recently, Jol co-wrote and produced Anika Moa's "Queen At The Table" album. Past projects have included Motocade, The Checks, BARB (Connan Mockasin/Lawrence Arabia/Liam Finn) and Anika Boh Hollie to name a few.
a sample of the artists we have worked with...
Andrew Keoghan, Anabelle Fay, Aja Rock, Batucada Sound Machine, Ben King, Billy Connoly, Blindspott, Brooke Fraser, Caitlin Smith, Callie Blood, Collapsing Cities, Dave Yetton, Deja Voodoo, Dictaphone Blues, Dimmer, Die Die Die, Don McGlashan, Elemeno P, Flip Grater, Foamy Ed, Gahu, Goldenhorse, Goodshirt, Jon Toogood, Kirsten Morrelle, Luke Casey, Lawrence Arabia, Lindon Puffin, Lucid 3, Motocade, Night Choir, One Million Dollars, Opshop, Paddy Free, Paul McLaney, Pluto, PNC, Richie Setford, Scribe, Sola Rosa, Spacifix, Stellar*, Streetwise Scarlett, The Bads, The Calico Brothers, The Checks, The Feelers, The Have, The Hot Grits, The Managers, The Mots, The Larry Normans, The Reduction Agents, The Tutts, Tim Finn, The Naked And Famous, Victoria Kelly, Victoria Girling-Butcher.