About Us

Blast Furnace, a state of the art recording and mixing facility 10 minutes walk from Derry City centre. Established in 1995, we have built a solid reputation for high-quality output and professionalism in a wide range of services for musicians and film-makers alike.


Studio Manager & Producer

Rory has been the manager and in-house producer since the studio doors opened in 1995. With over 25 years experience in both music recording and AV work his CV reads like a who’s who of both the local music and film production scene. He is also a regularly gigging musician and an established artist in his own right. As a music producer there is no genre in which he does not feel comfortable and the more varied his studio diary, the better he likes it. He also enjoys the challenge of creating the entire sound world for films and animations. As the studio boss he regularly matches clients to sympathetic engineers, producers, arrangers and musicians via his wide-ranging music and film industry networks.


Engineer & Producer

Mik started off as an assistant engineer, progressed to becoming a fully fledged engineer and for the last 10 years has worked as a music producer in his own right. At the same time he has toured the world as a front-of-house engineer with many household names and it is this depth of know-how and experience that enables him to work comfortably in the wide range of genres we regularly have as clients.


Recording Engineer

Eatsleepdrums is a dedicated drum tracking service run by Mark Donnelly. Mark has almost 20 years experience as a session studio drummer. As a recording engineer Mark has had his work played on national radio, regional radio and television and in addition has worked with dozens of high profile artists as a live sound engineer. Eatsleepdrums can provide a range of services from preset groove templates to full drum and percussion multi-tracks for a wide variety of genres. If your band already has a drummer Mark is more than happy to take on the role of recording engineer, sharing his knowledge and an extreme passion for recording drums to capture the absolute best drum tracks your drummer is capable of recording in our state of the art studio.

Music Client List

The Sandrunners, The Undertones, Invaderband, Clameens, Ego the Jackal, Eamon Friel, Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas, Best Boy Grip, Ports, Christie Hennessey, Conor McAteer, Sylvier, The Henry Girls, The Gatefolds, Geffen Records, Lore, Great White Lies, The Wood Burning Savages, Chasing Hooley, Fabric, Paul Casey, Junior Johnson, Gerard i2, John Deery and the Heads, Athrú, Jonny Nutt, Cara Dillon, Our Krypton Son, Guernica, Ruairí and the Owls, Us2, Spring Tides, John Leighton Quartet, Gentle Ben, Mercury Records, Paul Epworth, Glasgowbury, Bakken, Shane McCaul, Winter Mountain, We are Aerials, Making Monsters, BMG, Fighting With Wire, Rare, Kate Crossan, Codetta, Gabby Fitzgerald, Eilidh Patterson,

William King Memorial Flute Band, Mojo Gogo, Christian McNeill, Johnny Scott, The Evangelists, Lakota Records, Keith Harkin, Conor Mason, Rebecca Harkin, Sullem Voe, The Gateway Singers, Richard Gilpin, The Whistling Donkeys, Roy Mitchell, Reel It In, Palomino, Skruff, Intermission, Tokyo Empire, DSFA, The Food, Marcas Ó’Murchú, Alan Niblock, Euphonics, Zeropointzero, Bobbie Harvey, Roy Arbuckle, The Murder Balladeers, Here Comes the Landed Gentry, Tara G, Connor Kelly and the Red Medicine, 679 Records, Cuckoo, We Are Resistance, Heads of State, BBC, Sirocco MCs, 9 Lies, Triggerman, Mantic, Churchill Flute Band, Betty Lee and the Blonde, Betty Harrigan, Half Shot, Natty Wailer, Palomino, Kashmir Krows, Wileman, Little Hooks,

Heavy Set Bayonet, Rainy Boy Sleep, Jeanette Hutton, King Coma, Clearshot, Jason Clarke, Smalltown America Records, Those Ghosts, Revivor, Foyle Film Festival, Brittania Band, The Q, Skip Moses, Axis Of, More Than Conquerors, Johanna Fegan, Orchid Collective, Sync Music Project, Music Hothouse Project, Steelstown Folk Group, Gemma Bradley, Mark Black, John Deery and the Heads, Hybris, The Capitol, Gateway Choir, Eamon McCrystal, Bounce, The Dirty Words, The Subtitles, Furlo, Frank Gallagher, White Male Actors, Red Organ Serpent Sound, 20” Cat, Medulla, Keiran Goss, Eamonn Hutchinson, Keith Donald, Equator Records, Poptones Records, Brí Carr, Different Drums, Yakusa, Deirdre Bonner, The Mindbenders, Art of Damage, Stone Motion, Donal Cox, Pepperbook, The Booley House, The Whole Tribe Sings, Futurereal, Spectator, Countervela, Cantamus, Paul Buckley