Fraser Montgomery

I began my career in audio as a teenager, writing and recording songs with my guitar in the back shed. Cassette decks were the sound of choice back then. Recording jams with mates and the early incarnations of a band. Fast forward through the 2000’s, after years of playing in my band, Symbiosis, to thousands of adoring fans (ahem…) and gaining multi-platinum records (ahem…), I decided to get off the gravy train and focus on making music with other people in the studio. This culminated in the concept and establishment of The Aviary Recording Studio.

In 2012, I took on a lease for the top floor of an old building in Abbotsford. i was immediately dubbed “Golden Bear” by local cafe and pizza shop owner, Eric. I stuck with a few people. Dream come true, (the studio… not the nickname) except for the amount of work needed to convert it into a studio. Phase One was the top floor and the original studio. Phase Two was the bottom floor (production rooms and the shop front) with the valuable help of Nick Edin, and Phase Three was expanding the main studio to include the big back tracking room, again with Nick by my side.

7 years later, I have 2 floors of the building, a large recording studio, 6 productions rooms and a record store, all within the premises. The studio is busy with myself, Nick Edin and freelancers making records everyday, around 13 other producers that work in the production rooms making amazing records, and a shop selling vinyl, strictly. Never thought it would be like this, but the blood, sweat and tears has turned nothing into something.

I try and make records I actually want to listen to. That’s all I can really do I think. If I don’t like it, then how could anyone else possibly like it? Right? I want to have fun in the studio and capture the true character of an artist with real performances. Unique expressions of a song in that moment. I want to get excited by the music we make, rather than just hope someone else will down the line. It’s an evolving thing, naturally. I have made records with processes I would’t want to repeat, but sometimes do. That’s OK. Maybe it has to be done like that sometimes. The process can be fluid depending on the artist and the season, but I’m always trying to tap into something that doesn’t sound like it can be easily repeated. I have regularly worked with Nick Edin, as co-producers or engineers. He’s my favourite studio collaborator and mate. Having said that, we also like some alone time in the studio making music. Want to make a record?