Paul Rattcliff.

Programme Leader

Paul is an audio engineer who has toured the world with various artists. As well as teaching at Spirit Studios, Paul is also the technical manager at the O2 Ritz here in Manchester.

Paul has previously worked with

  • Neneh Cherry
  • The Streets
  • The Charlatans
  • The Zutons
  • KSI
  • New Order
Paul Ratcliff inside Spirit Studios recording studio

What were you doing before you came to Spirit Studios?

Before I came to Spirit Studios I was teaching live sound at other Institutions as well as taking on a role as a technical manager at the O2 Ritz. I’ve also done a lot of touring with artists.

How did you get into Audio Engineering?

I learnt about it through shadowing in lots of small venues and I worked for a PA company while I was studying at university. I went on tour around the country during exam revision week! From there I worked in venues around Manchester and eventually ended up touring the world with different artists.

What’s your proudest career achievement?

I think I’d have to say that getting to travel around the world with lots of different artists and lots of shows is a pretty big achievement.

What do you get up to outside of teaching?

I’m still the technical manager at the O2 Ritz. I also work with a range of artists during festival season every year.

I worked for a PA company while I was studying at university. I went on tour around the country during exam revision week!

What’s your favourite album/artist?

I really like the Match Of The Day theme tune.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?

Seeing The Eagles has to be the best gig I’ve been to.

What’s your musical guilty pleasure?

The Eagles…

Tell us something people may not know about you?

I used to own a dog grooming business and a swim school.

Want to learn from Paul?

Paul is a Programme Leader at Spirit Studios for BSc (Hons) Live Sound Engineering and Music Production.

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