Dan Grech-Marguerat

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Dan Grech-Marguerat
Born (1981-07-11) 11 July 1981 (age 33)
Bedford, England
Other names Dan Grech
Occupation Recording engineer
Record producer
Musician

Daniel James Grech-Marguerat (born 11 July 1981 in Bedford[1]) is an English recording engineer, record producer and mixer (also known as Dan Grech). His production pulls together a blend of alternative and pop genres, his recent work with Foe was described as producing a "Polished Pop Gem" adding "His signature is all over it".[2]

Past work includes The Vaccines, Lana Del Rey,[3] Keane,[4] Hurts, The Kooks, The Penelopes, Scissor Sisters, Dragonette, Moby[5] and Howling Bells.[6] A mutual admiration led to work with Keane who quoted his work with the Vaccines as one of the inspirations of their latest album Strangeland.[7][8]

Biography[edit]

Dan Grech started out at RAK Studios in St Johns Wood London as an assistant recording engineer before going on to work with acclaimed producer Nigel Godrich for 2 further years. Whilst working with Godrich he worked as an engineer on records including Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Divine Comedy, Beck and Radiohead, winning a Grammy Award in 2009 for his work on Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ which picked up ‘Best Alternative Album 2009’.[9]

In 2006 he mixed the Scissor Sisters second multi-platinum selling album entitled Ta-Dah, including the hit single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'",[10] co-written by Elton John, which went to number one in 8 countries, and top 10 in 20 countries.

Later that year Grech mixed the debut record for the band Dragonette,[11] starting a long term relationship with the band. He went on to co-produce and mix all their work to date. More recently the band had huge success with the track Hello co-written and performed with Martin Solveig.

In 2007 Grech produced two tracks for the Radio 1 Established 1967 anniversary album, one for The Kooks and one for The Kaiser Chiefs. Following on from this he went on to produce several tracks for the The Kooks second award winning album Konk. Also in 2007 he mixed the Moby album Last Night.

2008 - 2010 saw Grech work with artists such as Sam Sparro , Just Jack and Ke$ha, as well as produce the album Radio Wars for Australian band Howling Bells.

In 2010 Grech produced the debut album for the The Vaccines, What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?. In an interview in May 2011 Pete Robertson, The Vaccines drummer, discussed what they saw as a "Really great partnership" and the aspects Grech brought to the Album.[12] Grech produced this hotly tipped band who reached number 4 in the album charts in 2011. The record went on to reach platinum in the UK and is still the band's best selling album.

Other releases in 2011 included singles and remixes for the award winning English band Hurts, the hugely popular Lana Del Rey EP "Video Games".

Grech went on to mix the multi-platinum selling Lana Del Rey album Born to Die which went to number one in over 15 countries in February 2012 has sold over 7 million copies to date.

In May 2012 Keane released their 4th studio album Strangeland, which Dan both produced and mixed. In a recent interview pianist Tim Rice-Oxley told NME, "We loved what (producer) Dan Grech did on The Vaccines album. It had just come out. He'd also done stuff with Radiohead and produced the second Howling Bells album, which I loved. As luck would have it, Dan was a massive Keane fan, so we ended working with him.".[13] Strangeland went straight to number one, went Gold within three weeks and is still selling well.

2013 saw the release of Long Way Down the debut record for Tom Odell, winner of the BRITs Critics Choice Award.[14] Odell performed at the Critics Choice Award launch where 2012 winner Emeli Sande presented him with the award. In addition, Odell was named in the BBC Sound of 2013 Longlist, Odell was named 'songwriter of the year' at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards ceremony.

Grech went on to produce The Brink in 2013, the second album for the award winning Australian band The Jezabels.[15]

He also mixed tracks for 2014 Brit Award nominee Chlöe Howl and BBC sound poll artist Say Lou Lou, as well as co-produce tracks on the album Exile for award winning UK band Hurts.

This year Grech's attention has mainly been focused on Universal's new signing; Circa Waves.[16] He produced and mixed their debut album set for release early next year.[17] Singles from the album are already gaining the band momentum in the UK.

In the past six months Grech has also worked alongside other new, up and coming artists including Josef Salvat, Freddie Dickson, Astronomyy and Charlotte OC, all of which are set for release in 2015.

Discography[edit]

Year Title Artist Credits
2001 Amnesiac Radiohead Engineer
2007 In Rainbows Radiohead Engineer
2005 The Roads Don't Love You Gemma Hayes Mixing
2006 Control GoodBooks Producer, Mixing
2007 The Village Fields Producer, Mixing
2007 Track for 40 years of Radio 1 Kaiser Chiefs Producer, Mixing
2007 Galore Dragonette Mixing
2009 Fixin to Thrill Dragonette Co-Producer, Mixing
2006 Ta-Dah Scissor Sisters Additional Producer, Mixing
2008 Last Night Moby Mixing
2009 Radio Wars Howling Bells Producer
2009 Sam Sparro Sam Sparro Mixing
2009 Slow Attack Brett Anderson Mixing
2009 Konk The Kooks Producer, Mixing
2010 Voyage The Sound of Arrows Additional Producer, Mixing
2010 Penguin Prison Penguin Prison Additional Producer, Mixing
2011 What You Wanted Spector Producer, Mixing
2011 Remixes Hurts Mixing
2011 What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? The Vaccines Producer
2011 Bad Dream Hotline Foe Mixing
2011 Nothing to Do Bleeding Knees Club Mixing
2011 Girls Deep Sea Arcade Mixing
2011 Lonely in Your Arms Deep Sea Arcade Mixing
2011 Iron Deer Dream Fixers Mixing
2012 Born to Die Lana Del Rey Mixing
2012 Never Live Another Yesterday The Penelopes Mixing
2012 Strangeland Keane Producer, Mixing
2012 Ways to Forget Clock Opera Mixing
2012 Songs From Another Love EP Tom Odell Producer
2012 Long Way Down Tom Odell Producer
2013 Exile Hurts Producer
2013 Track “Bros” Wolf Alice Mixed
2013 Rituals Fenech-Soler Mixed
2013 Track “India” Chlöe Howl Co Produced
2013 Forthcoming Tracks Sons & Lovers Producer
2014 The Brink The Jezabels Producer
2015 Young Chasers Circa Waves Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/all/results?recordCount=-1&forenames=daniel&_includeForenamesVariants=on&surname=Grech-Marguerat&_includeSurnameVariants=on&fromYear=&toYear=&region=&county=&mothersMaidenName=&_useMothersMaidenNameAsSurname=on&sortOrder=RK%3Atrue&_performExactSearch=on&event=B&recordType=ALL&route=
  2. ^ "Foe Bad Dream Hotline Review - BBC Music". BBC News. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lana Del Rey – Born To Die". Discogs. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "New Keane album announced, release date revealed". Music Week. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Moby - Alice". Contact Music. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  6. ^ The Range on Radio Adelaide • Brown, Jonathan (Host); Stein, Juanita (Guest) (20 January 2009). "Interview – Juanita from the Howling Bells" (mp3) (Radio broadcast). Australia: University of Adelaide ¤ Automattic. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Keane on new album: 'The Vaccines inspired us'". Digital Spy. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Keane discussing their new album". Keane Official Site. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Winners: 51st Grammy Awards - CBSNews". CBC News. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  10. ^ Tingen, Paul (1 November 2006). "Scissor Sisters: Recording Ta-Dah". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 1 November 2006. 
  11. ^ W, Will (29 January 2009). "EQ Interview: The Desexualization of Dragonette". EQ Music Blog. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Interview: The Vaccines". Doubtful Sounds... 16 May 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Keane: 'The Vaccines inspired our new album'". NME. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Brit Awards tip Tom Odell for the top". BBC. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  15. ^ "The Brink - The Jezabels - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". Allmusic. 17 Feb 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "I suppose every band likes to think of themselves as sounding unique: Circa Waves Interview". Figure 8 Magazine. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Liverpool band Circa Waves on how far they've come in such a short space of time". Liverpool Echo. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 

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