Murray Anderson started Milestone Studios over 30 years ago. He has recorded many albums which have earned him Gold and Platinum records, has received awards for recording the Best Rock Album of the Year (for Robin Auld), Best Jazz Album of the Year (for Abdullah Ibrahim), and was the first winner of the Professional Sound Engineer category of the Vuka Awards in 2000.
He has engineered recordings at Milestone Studios for local artists ranging from Amampondo to Jack Parow, HHP, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and the Klipwerf Orkes, jazz artists like Robbie Jansen, Bokani Dyer, and Mandla Mlangeni, and international acts including Annie Lennox, Kaiser Chiefs, Junkie XL, Miley Cyrus and Queen. He recorded and produced Mandisi Dyantyis’ debut album “Somandla” in 2018.
A prolific jingle writer, Murray has also scored the music for local and overseas films and TV programs, including Country Of My Skull, A Boy Called Twist, Hopeville, Krotoa and Felix. In 2005, he and Warrick Sony won the “Best Music” Gemini Award, one of Canada’s highest accolades, for composing the music in “Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela”. He recently won the 2018 SAFTA for Best Achievement in Original Music/Score for the TV series Isikizi. Further details of his work are available here.
Jethro Harris started recording music at an early age. After graduating from SAE, he worked many live shows in clubs like Mercury Live and Assembly, festivals like Rocking the Daisies and Synergy, and concerts like the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts, where he did four seasons as head stage tech and occasional monitor engineer.
Jethro worked with a number of local and overseas acts, both in studio and on stage, before joining Milestone in 2013. He still works part-time as a Live Sound Engineer, and enjoys new challenges.
Like Jethro, Tanner Michell is an SAE graduate. Before working at Milestone he was a musician and freelance engineer for a number of years, doing live sound at venues like Aces and Spades and working at studios, including Popsicle in Cape Town and the SABC in Port Elizabeth. He has played in bands and worked on solo electronic projects.
Tanner has worked with some top local and international acts, both bands and electronic artists like Bakai, Die Gevaar, and Mino Cinelu. He has a particular interest in the mixing and sound design aspects of audio. He is always on the hunt for interesting sounds and for the best ways to use them.
Claire Anderson started work at Milestone Studios as a recent graduate in 2019 and acts as a studio assistant. This involves helping with the setup for recordings and with the business side of the studio.
Swannita Denya began work at Milestone Studios in 2019. She received a BCom in Financial Accounting at UWC in 2015 and since then has worked as an audit clerk and a financial assistant. Now she is responsible for studio bookings as well as billing and accounts.
Tanya Maphoko has worked for Milestone Studios since 2009. Her work includes making deliveries, doing collections, cleaning, and catering. Her efforts ensure that Milestone clients are comfortable when they are at the studio.
Tania Madonci started working for Milestone Studios in 2014. She performs similar duties to Tanya Maphoko and like her, she is an essential part of making the business run smoothly, and keeping both customers and other staff happy.