About MJQ

A Brief History

Malcolm Jackson Quipment

The name MJQ is a homage to the 50’s jazz quartet that was a favourite of Malcolm & older brother John Jackson growing up in Rickmansworth, where their father, the broadcaster Jack Jackson created the UK’s first ever professional home studio for the purpose of preparing the radio programmes that would make him a household name.

Jack Jackson

The former trumpeter & bandleader had started out on the BBC and then Radio Luxembourg playing the new music from America. Being the first DJ to have fun on the radio, his pioneering use of live samples & funny commentary was hugely popular and eventually the BBC (or “Aunty” as he first called them) gave him a slot on the Light Programme.

With 12 million listeners every Saturday afternoon, a single play of a record on Jack Jackson’s Record Round Up would result in over 250,000 units sold by the following Monday lunchtime. His show was a radio phenomenon that inspired the next generation of DJs including Kenny Everett, John Peele & Bob Harris.

Jackson Studios

After Jack moved to Tenerife (sending in his taped show by plane) his two sons ran the studio commercially and throughout the 70s & 80s Jackson Studios became synonymous with rock & punk bands, particularly Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, engineered by Vic Maile.

 
A lot of obscure bands recorded at Jackson Studios. “Gay Bikers On Acid” – and their female counterparts “Lesbian Dopeheads on Mopeds” – are fondly remembered. There were some great musicians too: Elton John (known then as Reg Dwight), Dr. Feelgood, The Inmates, Joe Strummer, Girlschool, UFO,Eddie & The Hotrods and Tom Robinson of 2468 Motorway.
 
 
MJ:

My Dad taught me music production, editing and presentation. I learnt about the business from clients who used the studio and became proficient in mic technique and instrumentation. My brother & I then took over the studio at Rickmansworth and set up our own label producing over 100 albums from recording to sleeve design, as well as many singles. We worked with classic musicians, brass bands, troublesome singers and great singers. I studied with engineers such as Keith Grant, Adrian Kerridge, John Timperley, Bob Auger, Bill Price and  Joe Meek.

Recording Studio Property & Equipment Sales

John and Malcolm fell into the role of studio broker in 1969 when Barry Gray of Thunderbirds fame asked for help clearing out his studio before moving abroad.

They started the London Studio Exchange in Primrose Hill, handling some of the industry’s biggest studio equipment auctions including Trident, De Lane Lea, CBS Soho and the “Sale of the Century” at Abbey Road Studios; an association that has continued for 40 years:
 

1981 – “Sale of the Century” @ Abbey Road Studios

1985 – George Martin’s custom Neve A4792 console from Air Montserrat

1988 – John Lennon/ Ringo Starr Equipment Sale from Startling Studios, Tittenhurst Park

1992 – George Martin’s Neve from Studio Two @ Air Studios Oxford Circus

2012 – Abbey Road’s Neve VR from Studio Two

2017 – EMI TG 12345 MKIV “Dark Side of the Moon” console for Mike Hedges in partnership with Bonhams

2019 – Abbey Road’s DMM vinyl cutting lathe (also sourcing the VMS80 that replaced it)

2020 – EMI TG 12345 Beatles Abbey Road console (the original and very first TG console that EMI produced, which is currently being restored @ MJQ HQ in London) in preparation for sale by auction

Charities

The music business charity DEAF (Distinguished Audio Engineers Federation) was co-founded by Malcolm & associated engineers and their hell-raising charity galas raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for children with hearing difficulties.

Today the Jackson brothers are working with the Chiltern Open Air Museum in a campaign to rebuild the studios as a community cafe, recording studio and event space for the community and to educate & inspire young people with a working history of the studios (link).

MJQ 2020

For the past few years MJ has been working for I mean with no.4 son Hamish.
 

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Clients

Some clients in the past 50 yrs:

 

A&M Records

Abbey Road Studios

Air Studios Montserrat

Andrew Scheps

Angel Studios

Barry Gray (Thunderbirds)

Basement Jaxx

Bray Film studios for Gerry Anderson

Britannia Row Studios

British Grove Studios

CBS Soho

Chemical Brothers

Church Studio for the Eurythmics

Command Studios Piccadilly

CTS Kensington

CTS Wembley

De Lane Lea Studios, Soho

Eden Studios Chiswick

Electric Mastering, Westbourne Studios

Elstree Film Studios

EMI Studios Barcelona

Ethan Johns

Fleetwood Mobiles

Gary Barlow

Guy Fletcher

Idris Elba

Livingston Studios

Jamie Cullum

Jerry Boys

John Lennon’s studio at Tittenhurst Park

Manfred Mann

Mark Angelo Studios

Mark Ronson

Mike Hedges

Noel Gallagher

Paloma Faith

Paul Epworth

Perry Margouleff

Pete Townshend

Peter Frampton

Robert Miles

Seasick Steve

Tinie Tempah

Townhouse Studios for Universal Records

Trident Studios Soho

Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands