June 2014 saw James Lavelle’s Meltdown come to fruition at London’s South Bank. Celebrating 21 years of his Mo’ Wax label, Lavelle assembled a stellar line-up including Jeff Mills, Trentemoller, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow, James Holden, ESG, and Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra performing “Timeless” for the first time. As part of the Meltdown Sessions, Ableton and CDR joined forces and hosted a series of workshops and seminars at the Royal Festival Hall, which included guests DJ Shadow, Heritage Orchestra, Si Medway-Smith, as well as Mo Wax alumni Andrea Parker, Kirk Degiorgio and Attica Blues.
Tony Nwachukwu met with Sie Medway-Smith who has worked with some of the biggest recording artists in the world including U2 and Depeche Mode – not bad for someone who’s first job in a studio was as a Tape Op, earning £10 a session! He quickly progressed to releasing his own music on Mo’Wax but realised he was more comfortable being the man behind the mixing desk than the man in the spotlight. Si put his success down to his hunger and determination, of which is still very apparent today.