Ancient Lights - AKA Joe Hirst- has been working in the music industry as an engineer/producer/writer for over 14 years. He made his start by working as studio shotgun for D.J/Musician/Producer Howie B, the duo worked together on an eclectic range of projects including Howie’s album ‘Down With The Dawn’ where they collaborated on the track ‘Frankies City’.
Joe can safely say he’s the only person in the world who has co-written with both Robbie Robertson and Wiley; this ability to inhabit different genres is why Joe has been the go-to engineer for artists like Ghetts, Ian Brown, Beth Gibbons and D Double E to name a few. Joe notes his own musical influences as Bill Evans, Lustmord and Danny Weed. Now Joe is creating his own music under the name Ancient Lights and is working on his debut album "10 Chamber’s", an album that will take in all of his influences and past collaborations and come out as something vaguely approaching Ambient Grime. Ancient Lights has collaborated with Flowdan on a track titled ‘Crash Landing’ which will feature on the upcoming Pussyfoot Records compilation ‘Space Is The Plaice’.
Photos by Ren Rox