Chris Traves and Claire Martin OBE have vast combined knowledge from over 60 successful years in the music industry and have joined forces to form their production company ‘Soup to Nuts Productions’. Providing a state of the art recording facility for both singers and instrumentalists they can provide the perfect package to turn an initial idea for a recording project into the end result of placing a mixed and mastered CD in your hands.
From offering advice on repertoire, arrangers and arrangements, booking and suggesting musicians, vocal tuition before and during studio sessions, the whole journey of making a recording is seamless and professionally delivered so that the artist can just concentrate on making music!
Claire Martin, for me, was the natural choice to produce my most personal (and best selling) album, ‘The Theory Of Joy.’
Claire’s knowledge of studio work is almost thirty years rich of her own highly prolific recording career as a band leader – and a vocal guest on numerous albums.
From the moment she sat alongside my engineer, Claire’s laser ears, calm approach and objective creative ideas, made for a very productive week of recording. Her production values were inspiring and I look forward to her future work as a studio producer. Across many styles of music.
— Ian Shaw, Oct 2020
Chris Traves is a world-class musician who was a member of Diana Ross’ band and has performed in countless West End shows in London. He has also worked as the Assistant Musical Director for “Chicago The Musical” for 14 years running. Not only prolific on stage, but he has also done many studio recordings, such as the Emmy-Award winning theme music for Page Eight.
Chris is also an award-winning Producer/Engineer, and has recorded, edited and produced music for the BBC productions of “Luther“, “An Englishman in New York” and “Outcasts” as well as for the films “Confetti” and “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day“.
Being one of the world’s most respected Jazz singers, Claire understands like no other how to bring out the best in you and guide you through the process of recording an album. Encouraging, supportive, fun and being….well, Claire. I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) have wished for a better producer!
— Wilma Baan, Jan 2021
Claire Martin was an obvious choice to produce my album. Her level of expertise has enabled me to relax and enjoy the experience, while she went above and beyond to help me realise my potential. From coaching to mentoring to producing to the final mixing and everything in between she was available with her advise and inspiration every step of the way.
I can’t believe how easy the whole thing was and highly recommend Chris Traves and Claire Martin of Soup to Nuts productions for anyone thinking of making an album. Just call them they’ll make it happen!
— Jenny Green, Dec 2020