Andrew Dawson (record producer)

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Andrew Dawson
Birth name Andrew Dawson
Born March 12, 1980 (age 33)
Origin Minneapolis
Genres Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
Occupation(s) Record Producer, Songwriter, Mixer & Engineer
Instruments Piano, guitar
Associated acts Kanye West, .fun, Jay-Z, Pet Shop Boys, and John Legend
Website http://soundeq.com/

Andrew Dawson (born March 12, 1980) is an American music producer, engineer, mixer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Dawson is a three-time Grammy award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, having won for his work as engineer and mixer on Kanye West's Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2011) - each winning the Best Rap Album category.[1][2] Dawson is also credited with additional production on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.[3] Although Dawson made his initial breakthrough with hip hop artists including Kanye West, Jay-Z, Common, Tyler The Creator, and P.O.S, Dawson has also moved on to produce and work on records for pop, indie and rock bands including .fun, The Rolling Stones, Pet Shop Boys, Sleigh Bells and The Night Terrors of 1927.[4] Andrew Dawson is represented exclusively by Global Positioning Services Management in Santa Monica.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Dawson began playing piano at the age of 5, studying jazz and classical piano at a private music conservatory until the age of 16. During the last few years of high school, Dawson interned at a Minneapolis recording studio and during the summers did live sound mixing for outdoor concerts.[6] Dawson then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he majored in Music Production & Engineering. While living in the Boston area Dawson worked at Lexicon - a company famous for manufacturing digital reverb units including the 480L.[7] In 2001 Dawson moved to New York City, where he worked as an assistant then later became a staff engineer at Sony Music Studios.[6][7][8] Dawson prefers to work on projects that have meaning, due to his passion for music, and work with artists who are equally as passionate about their records.[9]

Dawson is married to entrepreneur Cynthia Dawson and currently works from Los Angeles, California.

Work with Kanye West[edit]

In 2003, midway through the recording and producer sessions for Kanye West's The College Dropout, Dawson was called to try for the position of Kanye West's engineer. The rap artist and producer Kanye West had gone through a string of seven engineers, all of whom were fired.[10] Dawson was able to impress the rap star and maintained his position. Since then Dawson has worked as Kanye West's primary audio and mixing engineer. In a period spanning almost 9 years, Dawson has been directly involved in all five Kanye West studio album releases, totaling in sales of over 11 million records[11][12][13] and four #1 US albums.[14]

SoundEQ Studios[edit]

Dawson currently has is own studio named SoundEQ Studios in Hollywood.[7] The majority of fun.'s chart topping album Some Nights, including #1 single "We Are Young" was recorded at SoundEQ Studios.[15] Dawson has hosted co-writing sessions with artists and writers including Andy Grammar, Hudson Taylor, Baby E, Zack Waters, K.Flay, Michelle Branch, Kimbra, and Jimmy Harry.

Discography[edit]

Artist Year Album Producer Engineer Mixer Co-writer
Childish Gambino 2013 Because the Internet
YesY
Night Terrors of 1927 Guilty Pleas
YesY
YesY
YesY
YesY
Tyler, The Creator Wolf
YesY
Kanye West Yeezus
YesY
Phlo Finister Poster Girl EP
YesY
YesY
Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals
YesY
The Rolling Stones 2012 GRRR!
YesY
Kanye West Cruel Summer
YesY
Pet Shop Boys Elysium
YesY
YesY
YesY
Versa Emerge Another Atmosphere"
YesY
YesY
YesY
YesY
POP ETC POP ETC
YesY
YesY
YesY
P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here
YesY
YesY
YesY
YesY
fun. Some Nights
YesY
Beyoncé 2011 4
YesY
Kanye West, Jay-Z Watch the Throne
YesY
Big Sean Finally Famous
YesY
Snoop Dogg Doggumentary
YesY
Chamillionaire "When Ya On" - Single
YesY
YesY
YesY
T.I. 2010 No Mercy
YesY
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy * co-P
YesY
YesY
YesY
Rick Ross Teflon Don
YesY
Various Artists Just Dance Vol. 3
YesY
Common Go! - Common Classics
YesY
Mr. Hudson Straight No Chaser
YesY
YesY
Thirty Seconds to Mars 2009 This Is War
YesY
Mary J. Blige Stronger with Each Tear
YesY
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The End of Day
YesY
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
YesY
N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo
YesY
Kanye West 2008 808s & Heartbreak
YesY
YesY
T-Pain Thr33 Ringz
YesY
T.I. Paper Trail
YesY
Kanye West feat. Chris Martin "Homecoming" - Single
YesY
YesY
Lil Wayne The Carter III
YesY
Kanye West 2007 Graduation *
YesY
YesY
Chrisette Michele I Am
YesY
Ne-Yo Because of You
YesY
Consequence Don't Quit Your Day Job
YesY
YesY
John Legend Once Again
YesY
UGK 2006 Underground Kingz
YesY
Common Finding Forever
YesY
YesY
Jay-Z Kingdom Come
YesY
Nas Hip Hop Is Dead
YesY
The Game Doctor's Advocate
YesY
Monica The Makings of Me
YesY
The Notorious B.I.G. 2005 Duets: The Final Chapter
YesY
Paul Wall The People's Champ
YesY
Kanye West Late Registration *
YesY
YesY
Common Be
YesY
John Legend 2004 Get Lifted
YesY
Destiny's Child Destiny Fulfilled
YesY
Maria Mena White Turns Blue
YesY
Kanye West College Dropout
YesY
  • Indicates Grammy win.

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