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|Birth name||Paul Richard Epworth|
|Born||26 July 1974|
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
|Genres||Indie rock, punk rock, hip hop, pop, dance|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, songwriter, musician, remixer|
|Instruments||Drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, trumpet, percussion|
Paul Richard Epworth (b. 25 July 1974)is an English record producer, musician, and songwriter. His work with artists include Adele, Florence and the Machine, Rihanna and Maxïmo Park amongst many others. He is a member of the Music Producers Guild and is the founder and owner of the independent record label, Wolf Tone (label), having released music from Glass Animals, Rosie Lowe, The Horrors and Plaitum. He has won 'Producer of the Year' at the BRIT Awards three times, the most recent in 2015.
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.
A musician is a person who plays a musical instrument or is musically talented. Anyone who composes, conducts, or performs music is referred to as a musician. A musician who plays a musical instrument is also known as an instrumentalist.
A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.
He has won five Grammy Awards, as well as the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Skyfall".
A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.
The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given annually to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is presented to the songwriters who have composed the best original song written specifically for a film. The performers of a song are not credited with the Academy Award unless they contributed either to music, lyrics or both in their own right. The songs that are nominated for this award are performed during the ceremony and before this award is presented.
"Skyfall" is the theme song of the James Bond film of the same name, performed by English singer Adele. It was written by Adele and the producer Paul Epworth and features orchestration by J. A. C. Redford. The film company Eon Productions invited the singer to work on the theme song in early 2011, a task that Adele accepted after reading the film's script. While composing the song, Adele and Epworth aimed to capture the mood and style of the other Bond themes, including dark and moody lyrics descriptive of the film's plot.
From 2002 to 2004 Epworth provided lead vocals and guitar for the band Lomax.He later remixed two songs from the band's catalogue – "Reiterator" and "Modern Life".
Lomax was a rock band from London, England.
Epworth is well known for his remix work under the name Phones. He began to gain recognition with this moniker based on his work with Bloc Party's track "Banquet"; he has since provided remix work for New Order, U2, P-Diddy, Goldfrapp, Nine Inch Nails, Simian Mobile Disco, The Streets, Interpol, Tom Vek, Death from Above 1979, Annie, and most recently Coldplay. His debut of original material under the Phones name, "Sharpen the Knives"/"Worryin", was released on French label Kitsuné in November 2006. In 2008 he announced he had killed off the Phones moniker but has said he continues to remix anonymously.
Bloc Party are an English rock band, composed of Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Justin Harris and Louise Bartle. Former members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music. The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack. They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003. Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in NME magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition. Bloc Party got their break by giving BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their demo "She's Hearing Voices".
"Banquet" is a song from British band Bloc Party's debut album Silent Alarm. Originally released on a double A-side single along with "Staying Fat" in May 2004 by Moshi Moshi Records, it was re-released as a regular single in the United Kingdom by Wichita Recordings on 25 April 2005. It was their first single to chart on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks where it came in at number 34, and is often credited as their breakthrough single in North America. It was also featured in the song "Bloc Party" on the Fort Minor Mixtape: We Major. It was #31 in NME's top 100 tracks of the decade, and was number 54 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of all time. It peaked at #13 on the UK singles chart. In 2011, NME placed it at number 20 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".
New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980 by vocalist and guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris. The band formed after the demise of Joy Division, following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis; they were joined by Gillian Gilbert on keyboards later that year. New Order's integration of post-punk with electronic and dance music made them one of the most acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s. They were the flagship band for Manchester-based independent record label Factory Records and its nightclub The Haçienda, and worked in long-term collaboration with graphic designer Peter Saville.
In early 2006 Epworth began making music under another alias, Epic Man. His debut single, "More Is Enough", featured Plan B and was featured on the soundtrack for Need For Speed: Pro Street and was released on Good & Evil Records, a subsidiary of 679 Recordings. He has since returned to his Phones name and there are no known plans to release under Epic Man again.
In 2004–05, Epworth produced a quartet of critically acclaimed releases, including two Mercury Music Prize nominations in Silent Alarm by Bloc Party and A Certain Trigger by Maximo Park, the bulk of The Futureheads eponymous debut (including the hit Kate Bush cover "Hounds Of Love"), and Capture/Release by The Rakes as well as singles by Babyshambles and The Long Blondes. He also wrote and produced tracks for British rappers, Kano ("Don't Know Why") and Plan B ("No Good" and "Where You From") This was followed in 2006 by production work on Pieces of the People We Love by The Rapture and the debut album by French band Black Strobe, entitled Burn Your Own Church.
Silent Alarm is the debut studio album by British indie rock band Bloc Party. Recorded in Copenhagen and London in mid-2004 with producer Paul Epworth, it was released in February 2005 on Wichita Recordings. The record peaked at number three on the United Kingdom Albums Chart. In the United States, it entered the Billboard 200 at number 114 and the Billboard Top Independent Albums at number seven. The double A-side "So Here We Are/Positive Tension", "Banquet", and "Pioneers" were released as singles. Silent Alarm went on to achieve worldwide sales of over one million copies.
A Certain Trigger is the debut studio album by English indie rock band Maxïmo Park. It was released on 16 May 2005 through Warp Records. It was nominated for the 2005 Mercury Prize in August of that year.
The Futureheads are an English post-punk band from Sunderland. consisting of Ross Millard, Barry Hyde, David "Jaff" Craig and Dave Hyde (drums). Their name comes from the title of The Flaming Lips album Hit to Death in the Future Head. The band's influences include new wave and post-punk bands such as Gang of Four, Devo, XTC, Wire and Fugazi.
In 2007, Epworth began to contribute more co-writing credits alongside his production. For example, his production on the number one debut album Made of Bricks by Kate Nash included a writing credit on the hit single "Foundations" (for which he was nominated for an Ivor Novello songwriters award.) In 2008, Epworth produced much of Sam Sparro's eponymous debut album which entered the UK album charts at number 4 and the Primal Scream single, "Can't Go Back", along with the title track of their recent album Beautiful Future . Epworth also completed production duties on much of the new Bloc Party record, Intimacy and co-wrote and produced Friendly Fires track "Jump In The Pool".
Early 2009 saw Epworth co-writing and recording Jack Peñate's critically lauded second album Everything Is New including the singles "Tonight's Today" and "Be the One". He also co-wrote and produced tracks for Florence and the Machine's debut album Lungs , including the hit single "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" along with the album tracks "Howl", "Cosmic Love", "Hurricane Drunk" and "Blinding". He also worked further with Friendly Fires on a single version of the track "Skeleton Boy" and produced the forthcoming single by The Big Pink, "Stop the World". In February 2009 he won best newcomer at the inaugural Music Producers' Guild Awards. In Spring 2009, Epworth co-produced another single with The Big Pink entitled "Dominos", and a new Friendly Fires single "Kiss of Life".
Summer 2009 brought Epworth his third and fourth Mercury music prize nomination in the shape of Florence and the Machine's Lungs and Friendly Fires' eponymous debut. He also finished album tracks for Norwegian pop artist Annie for her delayed album Don't Stop; wrote the "Zingolo" for Cadbury's "Fair Trade" advert, featuring Ghanaian MC Tinny; and mixed the track "Silva & Grimes" for Holy Fuck's Latin lp. He finished up the year working on new tracks by London MC/Singer Plan B for his number 1 album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks including the top 10 single "Stay Too Long", and tracks for Canadian duo Crystal Castles (including single Celestica), writing with Grammy winner Adele, singer Sky Ferreira and producing a single version of album track "Tonight" with The Big Pink.
In February 2010 Epworth won both the Brit Award and the Music Producers' Guild Award for Producer Of The Year and also won Music Week's Producer of the Year Award in April.
Early 2010 saw Epworth deliver tracks for London band Chapel Club's forthcoming LP and begin work on both Friendly Fires' and Florence and the Machine's second LPs. He also signed a solo deal with Columbia Records, with an album due late 2010 or early 2011.[ needs update ] Epworth added his production hand to Primary 1's forthcoming album, including lead single "Princess".[ needs update ] Summer 2010 saw him provide production on two versions of Cee Lo Green's cover of Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You", and for the single "It's OK".
Late 2010 and early 2011 saw the release of the acclaimed Epworth co-written and produced worldwide number one single "Rolling in the Deep" from Adele's 21 . The album features three Epworth co-writes with Adele, which he produced "I'll Be Waiting", while "He Won't Go" was produced by Rick Rubin. Summer 2011 saw Epworth working on The Big Pink's forthcoming LP Future This [ needs update ] and the critically acclaimed Ceremonials by Florence and the Machine.
On 12 February 2012 at the 54th Grammy Awards, he won four Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year, Album of the Year (Adele's 21 ), and Song of the Year and Record of the Year (for "Rolling in the Deep").
In 2013 Epworth and Adele received the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 70th Golden Globe Awards for the song "Skyfall".Epworth and Adele also received the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 85th Academy Awards for "Skyfall".
In late 2015 Adele released her third, record breaking album 25, which features two tracks co-written and produced by Epworth, "I Miss You" and "Sweetest Devotion". 25 won for Album of the Year at the 59th Grammy Awards.
In 2016, Epworth produced two tracks for The Stone Roses, "All for One" and "Beautiful Thing" which he also mixed. He was Executive producer on the Glass Animals album "How To Be A Human Being" which was released on his record label Wolf Tone. Paul also co-wrote and produced the Usher track "Chains" Ft Nas, Bibi Bourelly.
In October 2013, Epworth bought The Church Studios, a recording studio in Crouch End, North London. The studio had previously been owned by David A. Stewart in the 80s and 90s, and was used to record music by Eurythmics, Bob Dylan and Radiohead, among others. David Gray then owned the studio until Epworth took over in 2013. The Church studios has three working commercial studios, all refurbished by the Walters-Storyk Design Group and Miloco builds. Epworth had a 72-Channel Vintage EMI Neve Console installed in studio 1, and a Solid State Logic console installed in studio 2. Since Epworth’s ownership of the Church Studios, notable artists such as U2, Adele, Frank Ocean and London Grammar have recorded there.
|"Banquet"||2004||Bloc Party||Bloc Party EP|
|"Little Thoughts"||Little Thoughts EP|
|"Le Garage"||The Futureheads||The Futureheads|
|"Decent Days and Nights"|
|"Danger of the Water"|
|"Stupid and Shallow"|
|"Hounds of Love"|
|"The Coast Is Always Changing"||Maxïmo Park||A Certain Trigger|
|"Storm & Stress"||Bloc Party||Little Thoughts EP|
|"So Here We Are"||2005||Silent Alarm|
|"Like Eating Glass"|
|"She's Hearing Voices"|
|"This Modern Love"|
|"Price of Glass"|
|"Two More Years"|
|"Apply Some Pressure"||Maxïmo Park||A Certain Trigger|
|"Signal and Sign"|
|"Postcard of a Painting"|
|"I Want You to Stay"|
|"The Night I Lost My Mind"|
|"Once, A Glimpse"|
|"Now I'm All Over the Shop"|
|"Kiss You Better"|
|"I Don't Know Why"||Kano||Home Sweet Home|
|"Hero"||Bloc Party||Non-album single|
|"Where Ya From?"||2006||Plan B|| Who Needs Actions When|
You Got Words
|"Get Myself Into It"||The Rapture||Pieces of the People We Love|
|"Don Gon Do It"|
|"Whoo! Alright-Yeah... Uh Huh"|
|"Down for So Long"|
|"Live in Sunshine"|
|"On and On"|
|"Turn It Up"||Alesha Dixon||Fired Up|
|"Foundations"||2007||Kate Nash||Made of Bricks|
|"Brenn Di Ega Kjerke"||Black Strobe||Burn Your Own Church|
|"Shining Bright Star"|
|"Girl Next Door"|
|"Blood Shot Eyes"|
|"Now What You Need"|
|"I'm a Man"|
|"You Should Be"|
|"Buzz Buzz Buzz"|
|"Last Club on Earth"|
|"Crave for Speed"|
|"Play"||Kate Nash||Made of Bricks|
|"We Get On"|
|"A is for Asthma"|
|"One Month Off"|
|"Better than Heaven"|
|"Letter to My Son"|
|"Your Visits are Getting Shorter"|
|"Tonight's Today"||2009||Jack Penate||Everything Is New|
|"Be the One"|
|"Pull My Heart Away"|
|"Everything is New"|
|"Give Yourself Away"|
|"Let's All Die"|
|"Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)"||Florence + the Machine||Lungs|
|"Stay Too Long"||2010||Plan B||The Defamation of Strickland Banks|
|"Writing's on the Wall"|
|"Welcome to Hell"|
|"I Am Made of Chalk"|
|"It's OK"||CeeLo Green||The Lady Killer|
|"No One's Gonna Love You"|
|"Heavy in Your Arms"||Florence + the Machine||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse OST|
|"Rolling in the Deep"||Adele||21|
|"He Won't Go"||2011|
|"I'll Be Waiting"|
|"Live Those Days Tonight"||Friendly Fires||Pala|
|"Show Me Lights"|
|"Call It What You Want"||Foster the People||Torches|
|"I Would Do Anything for You"|
|"Life on the Nickel"|
|"Sorry 4 the Wait"||Lil Wayne||Sorry 4 the Wait|
|"What the Water Gave Me"||Florence + the Machine||Ceremonials|
|"Shake It Out"|
|"Only If for a Night"|
|"Never Let Me Go"|
|"Lover to Lover"|
|"No Light, No Light"|
|"Spectrum (Say My Name)"|
|"All This and Heaven Too"|
|"Leave My Body"|
|"Strangeness and Charm"|
|"Ruby"||2012||Foster the People||Non-album single|
|"Natalie"||Bruno Mars||Unorthodox Jukebox|
|"Save Us"||2013||Paul McCartney||New|
|"God's Help"||Louis Mattrs||Beachy Head EP|
|"Coming of Age"||2014||Foster the People||Supermodel|
|"Best Friend"||Foster the People||Supermodel|
|"Are You What You Want to Be?"|
|"The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones"|
|"A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon"|
|"Goats in Trees"|
|"Cassius Clay's Pearly Whites"|
|"A Sky Full of Stars"|
|"Falling Star"||The Horrors||Luminous|
|"Always in My Head"||Coldplay||Ghost Stories|
|"All Your Friends"|
|"Black Beauty"||Lana Del Rey||Ultraviolence|
|"Shoot Love"||Maroon 5||V|
|"The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)"||U2||Songs of Innocence|
|"California (There is No End to Love)"|
|"Iris (Hold Me Close)"|
|"Water Came Down"||Rosie Lowe||non-album single|
|"Yellow Flicker Beat"||Lorde|| The Hunger Games:|
Mockingjay, Pt. 1 OST
|"Do They Know It's Christmas?"||Various artists||Non-album single|
|"How'd You Like It"||Rosie Lowe|
|"Citizen Zombie"||2015||The Pop Group||Citizen Zombie|
|"The Immaculate Deception"|
|"Age of Miracles"|
|"Mother"||Florence + the Machine||How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful|
|"Unstoppable"||Lianne La Havas||Blood|
(featuring Nas and Bibi Bourelly)
|"I Miss You"||Adele||25|
|"We Can Hurt Together (Hurt with Me)"||2016||Sia||Non-album single|
|"Dominos"||Peter Bjorn and John||Breakin' Point|
|"Beautiful Thing"||The Stone Roses||Non-album single|
|"A Long Goodbye"||Peter Bjorn and John||Breakin' Point|
(with Priyanka Chopra)
|Usher||Hard II Love|
|"Rooting for You"||2017||London Grammar||Truth Is a Beautiful Thing|
|"Smoke of Dreams"||Thurston Moore||Rock n Roll Consciousness|
|"Truth Is a Beautiful Thing"||London Grammar||Truth Is a Beautiful Thing|
|"Oh Woman Oh Man"|
|"Exalted"||Thurston Moore||Rock n Roll Consciousness|
|"Letter to Falon"||Jay Electronica||Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn)|
|"Hell to the Liars"||London Grammar||Truth Is a Beautiful Thing|
|"Bones of Ribbon"|
|"May the Best"|
|"Something to Remember Me By"|
|"Press Enter to Exit"|
|"Point of No Reply"|
|"It's a Good Life"|
|"13 (There is a Light)"||U2||Songs of Experience|
|"Let Me Down"|
|2018||Jorja Smith||Non-album single|
|"Wild Love"||James Bay||Electric Light|
|"Wasted on Each Other"|
|"In My Head"|
|"Just for Tonight"|
|"I Found You"|
|"Young Hearts in the Dark"|
|"Tearing Down the Walls"||Elias||Entwined|
|"No Deeper Can We Fall"|
|"Don't Let Me Wait"|
(featuring Norma Jean Martine)
|Love Thy Brother||Noon-album single|
|"Guiding Light"||Mumford & Sons||Delta|
|"If I Say"|
|"42"||Mumford & Sons||Delta|
|"Rose of Sharon"|
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