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 reached number one in several 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. This year 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 saw Grech start his work with Howling Bells. The Australian band had already made their first album in the UK, but Grech took them to Sound Factory studios in LA where he produced their second album Radio Wars. During the same year he mixed albums and singles for Sam Sparro and Just Jack.

During 2009 he started his work with Chris Glover,[12] also known as Penguin Prison,[13] as well as Swedish pop group The Sound of Arrows. He also worked on live mixes for American pop singer Ke$ha.

Grech’s principal work in 2010 was the debut for 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.[14] Grech produced this hotly tipped band who reached number 4 in the album charts in 2011. The album quickly went gold in the UK and the band is still touring the album.

2011 has seen many other releases that Grech has worked on; including singles and remixes for the award winning English band Hurts, the hugely popular Lana Del Rey EP "Video Games" and the Sydney Based Band Deep Sea Arcade.[15][16]

2012 has been an incredibly successful year so far. Dan mixed the multi-platinum selling Lana Del Rey album Born To Die which went to number one in over 15 countries in February and is still high in the charts.

In May 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.".[17] 'Strangeland' went straight to number one, went Gold within three weeks and is still selling well.

2012 saw releases of his work with new artists such as Murray James,[7] Fixers, Foe,[18] Bleeding Knees Club and Clock Opera.

Dan has also just finished producing Long Way Down the debut record for Tom Odell, winner of the BRITs Critics Choice Award.[19] 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. His record is set for release on 24 June 2013.

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

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. ^ a b "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. ^ "Up In 2010: Penguin Prison". The Middle 8. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Introducing Penguin Prison". BBC News. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Interview: The Vaccines". Doubtful Sounds... 16 May 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Deep Sea Arcade Interview - Gig of The Week". Black Night Crash. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "New Noise: Nick Huggins, Motifs/Zebras, Deep Sea Arcade, McKisko". Mess and Noise. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Keane: 'The Vaccines inspired our new album'". NME. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "Foe - 'Bad Dream Hotline' Album Review". NME. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Brit Awards tip Tom Odell for the top". BBC. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 

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