Meet the Bally team.
In many other rehearsal studios there are many different members of staff, with all of them working a few hours per week. This means they don't get to know the bands who come in, build up a relationship with them, learn which equipment they prefer, and don't get to know the small differences that together make a huge difference. Here at Bally Studios it's much more simple - we like to have a maximum of three staff members with so that you get to know us and we get to know you, meaning that rehearsals should be a much more pleasant experience here. By us knowing you better, we can make sure we can prepare the amps you prefer in advance, try and book you into your favourite room, and have the right cup of tea already brewed. Less staff means more shifts are available for each of them, which makes more experienced staff who can better serve your needs. As you can see, every single member of staff we have is a musician, with most of us playing multiple musical instruments.
Studio Assistant/ Studio Manager: 2010 - Present.
Studio Assistant: 2015 - Present.
Mark has been with Bally since 2010 having previously rehearsed at the studio. He is a drummer/songwriter with over 14 years touring and recording experience.
During this time he has achieved endorsements from TAMA drums and Zildjian Cymbals, co-written on two top 100 UK chart singles, recorded live radio sessions for The John Peel Show (BBC Maida Vale Studios), Ian Camfield (XFM), The Eurosonic Festival (BBC R1) and has worked with top producers, James Brown (Foo Fighters, Brendan Benson), Liam Watson (The White Stripes, The Kills), Lenny Franchi (Bjork, Tricky), and Luke Buttery (Nick Cave, The Horrors).
Mark also teaches the drums here at Bally and you can find out more over at his Facebook page.
Ignacio Fernandez Cacho
Studio assistant: 2015 - Present.
Ignacio was born in Madrid, Spain. After studying guitar performance at the MI in Los Angeles he moved to the UK pursuing a music career, which seemed harder to do in Spain.
He studied music technology at Derby University and moved to London looking for a vibrant environment where to play. At that time he started to learn bass and play as a bass player with a few bands, playing a few festivals around the UK. As of late 2015 he is about to commence on his first tour outside the UK.
Apart from working at Bally, he works with a bilingual company teaching Spanish to kids through music, whilst composing and producing music at home.
Co founder, Owner: 2005 - present.
Jimmy formerly played lead guitar in The March Hares, a London based independent underground band, and before that in The Infidels. In the past he taught Guitar, Piano and Drums to kids, worked as a sound engineer in 7 different live music venues in London, and has also worked in music journalism.
Jimmy left the UK in early 2013 and now lives in Valencia, Spain, spending half of his time there and the other half travelling Europe whilst working as a journalist, writing about the music business. He also writes for English based travel and sports magazines in Spain.
Francesca De Luca
Co-founder, Owner: 2005 - 2013.
Francesca De Luca was born and has lived in London all her life, although she is of Italian origin. She has acted in film, theatre, TV and voice-overs/radio. She has played both lead and character roles ranging from the evil sorceress Agleoniki (in the cult film Orpheus and Euridice with Oliver Reed as the narrator) to alternative therapist Guru (Bad Science) to a lovestruck prostitute, a London taxi driver,a New York journalist, a Texan Hollywood wannabe. a Russian secret agent and Titania (A Midsummer Night's Dream).
Francesca also has a huge passion for music and plays the guitar and drums.
Francesca now no longer works at the studios and is instead living in Los Angeles pursuing acting. You can find out more about what she's up to and what she's already done over at her website.
Studio Assistant: 2010 - 2013
Studio Manager 2013 - present
Mark has been with Bally since 2010 having previously rehearsed at the studios. He is a drummer/songwriter with over 14 years touring and recording experience.
During this time he has achieved endorsements from TAMA drums and Zildjian Cymbals, co-written on two top 100 UK Chart singles, recorded live radio sessions for The John Peel Show (BBC Maida Vale Studios), Ian Camfield, (XFM), The Eurosonic Festival (BBC R1) and has worked with top producers James Brown (Foo Fighters, Brendon Bendon), Liam Watson (The White Stripes, The Kills), Lenny Franchi (Bjork, Tricky) and Luke Buttery (Nick Cave, The Horrors).
Mark also teaches the drums here at Bally, you can find out more over at his Facebook page.
Studio Assistant 2017 - Present
Start date: September 2017
Music links: www.soundcloud.com/tommymeyer1992
Music background: Been playing guitar for 14 years, drums and bass for 10 years.
Studied music performance and technology for 4 years at Hertford Regional College. Been in several bands over the last 10 years playing gigs all around London, Hertfordshire and Essex. Been Song Writing and producing own music for the last 6 years at home studio and mainly produce metal music using 7/8 string guitars. Currently in a metal band that practices at bally with a EP and music video in the making that will be out by the end of the year.
Other info and hobbies: I have been a construction worker for the past 8 years. Other interests include health and fitness, science, spirituality, tattoos.
Founder/Owner 2005- Present
Studio Manager 2005-2013
Born in North-West London to Irish descent, Jimmy entered the music industry by playing lead guitar in The Infidels and The March Hares, before working as a studio sound engineer, a live sound engineer and a club promoter form 2002-2005. He was a constant presence at the studio from 2005 until 2013, when he left the UK to travel Europe for 18 months whilst working as a writer, focusing on the financial and economic side of the music industry, before eventually settling in Valencia, Spain. He continues to write about how bands can become self-sustaining, independent and remain in control of their music, whilst still working at Bally remotely.
Recent former staff members
Studio Founder/ Co-Owner 2005 - 2016
Studio co-manager: 2005 - 2009
Born and raised in West London of Italian heritage, Francesca is a classically trained theatre and screen actress, having performed in numerous Shakespeare productions, major and independent films, TV series and promotional videos. In 2002 she decided to turn her passion for music into a full time profession, founding The Dirty Rider Club, which her and Jimmy would run together until 2005, when together they founded Bally Studios. In 2013 she was offered the opportunity to take her acting to America, first in New York before moving to Los Angeles in 2014, where she still remains today.
Ignacio Fernandez Cacho
Studio Assistant - 2015- 2017
Born in Madrid, Spain, Ignacio moved to Los Angeles to study guitar performance at the Musicians Institute. He relocated to the UK to pursue a career in music, studying music technology at Derby University and headed to London shortly afterwards looking for a more vibrant environment. He started to learn bass, playing as a bass player with a few bands, and as of late 2015 is starting to play a few festivals around the UK, as well as his first tour outside the UK. Apart from working at Bally he works with a bilingual company teaching Spanish to kids through music, and he composes and produces music at home.