Stuart Price

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Stuart Price
Birth name Stuart David Price
Also known as Les Rythmes Digitales
Zoot Woman
Paper Faces
Man With Guitar
Thin White Duke
Jacques Lu Cont
Pour Homme
S.D.P.
Tracques
Crystal Pepsi
Born (1977-09-09) 9 September 1977 (age 37)
North Yorkshire, England
Origin Reading, Berkshire, England
Genres French house, electronica, nu-disco, electroclash, synthpop, alternative dance
Occupations DJ, Record producer, Songwriter
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts The Killers, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Seal, Pet Shop Boys, Zoot Woman, Take That, Scissor Sisters, Hard-Fi, Coldplay, Kasabian

Stuart Price (born 9 September 1977) is a three-time Grammy-winning British electronic musician, songwriter, and record producer known for his work with artists including New Order, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Missy Elliott, Scissor Sisters, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys, Brandon Flowers, Gwen Stefani, Seal, Keane, Frankmusik and Hard-Fi. His acts include British electronic pop/rock band Zoot Woman (with Adam Blake and Johnny Blake), Les Rythmes Digitales, Paper Faces, Man With Guitar, Thin White Duke (not to be confused with David Bowie's earlier persona of the same name), and the parodic French moniker Jacques Lu Cont (though he actually grew up in Reading, England).[1][2]

Background[edit]

Price's use of the names Jacques Lu Cont and Les Rythmes Digitales was initially a reference to the explosion in demand for French house in the United Kingdom during the 1990s; artists such as Daft Punk, Etienne de Crécy, Dimitri from Paris and Air were all experiencing surges in popularity. Price even went as far as to conduct interviews with British journalists in French via an interpreter. In interviews from around this time, Price also claimed that he had grown up listening exclusively to classical music, until one day encountering the album Dare by the Human League. He also claimed to be a huge Pet Shop Boys fan, since he got his first synthesiser making him able to play songs such as "West End Girls". Price later went on to produce an entire album with Pet Shop Boys - "Electric", released in 2013, which was the duo's most successful album in their home country in twenty years. Certainly, Price was heavily influenced by music from the 1980s, and all his records and side projects bear a heavy debt to the 1980s sounds of synthpop bands.

Price was born in Bedale, North Yorkshire, but grew up in Reading, Berkshire.

Releases[edit]

His song "Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat)" was originally released in 1996, then again in 1999, achieving limited success (#60 on the UK Singles Chart).[3] However, the song was later used on a Citroën C4 car advertisement and has since been re-released, reaching #9 on the UK chart in 2005.[3]

His album Darkdancer was released in 1999 under the band name Les Rythmes Digitales following his 1996 solo debut Liberation. He has also released a DJ-mix album, FabricLive.09, under the name Jacques Lu Cont.

Price also successfully released three albums with his rock band, Zoot Woman, 2001's Living in a Magazine, 2003's Zoot Woman and 2009's Things Are What They Used To Be.

As producer[edit]

Price has produced, and at times co-written, numerous songs for popular artists. Price has also remixed and re-produced numerous songs under his own name as well as the names Thin White Duke (originally used by David Bowie), Jacques Lu Cont, and Les Rhythmes Digitales. Other aliases include Man with Guitar and Paper Faces (an alias for him and Adam Blake of the band Zoot Woman). Price's remixes are characterised by club-lead beats with arpeggios, riffs, and vocal lines faded and filtered throughout the song for a climactic effect.[citation needed] He favours keeping the original vocal arrangement of songs and re-contextualizing the lyrical content in creating his new versions.[citation needed]

Work with Madonna[edit]

Price is best known for his work with Madonna which spanned almost a decade culminating in Madonna's tenth studio album Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005).[clarification needed] He began collaborating with Madonna as musical director for her 2001 Drowned World Tour after remixing some of the tracks on her Music album via Mirwais. He reprised the role for her 2004 Re-Invention World Tour and 2006 Confessions Tour. Price created remixes for the album's singles "Hung Up", "Sorry" (under the Man with Guitar alias), "Get Together", and "Jump", as well as the album tracks "I Love New York" and "Let It Will Be" (under the Paper Faces alias). Price co-wrote the song "X-Static Process" for Madonna's 2003 album American Life. Price has also remixed the Madonna songs "Hollywood" from American Life and "Miles Away" from the album Hard Candy. Madonna chose his remix of "Hollywood" for her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Missy Elliott.

Work with The Killers[edit]

Price's work with The Killers began with his remix of their hit single "Mr. Brightside", released under the Thin White Duke name. Subsequently, Price remixed the song "When You Were Young", the first single from The Killers album "Sam's Town". Price produced two of the tracks re-recorded for the release of The Killers' B-sides album, Sawdust: "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf" and "Sweet Talk". His remix of "Mr. Brightside" appeared as a bonus track on that release. Price went on to produce The Killers' third studio album, "Day & Age", released on 24 November 2008.[4] He also created an extended remix of the lead single "Human" released under the Thin White Duke name. Price also worked for The Killers vocalist Brandon Flowers' debut solo album Flamingo, producing most of the songs on it, including the second single "Only the Young". The album was released on 6 September in the UK and Ireland and 14 September in the US and Canada.

The Killers' most recent album, Battle Born, contains two tracks that Price produced, as well as a Jacques Lu Cont remix of the album's first track, "Flesh and Bone".[5]

Price also produced the song 'Just another girl', a new track on the Killers compilation album 'Direct Hits'.

Work with Pet Shop Boys[edit]

Price was the musical director on the Pandemonium tour, and produced their 2013 album Electric which was very highly acclaimed by critics and reached #3 on the UK Albums Chart - their highest charting album since 1993.[6] He also toured with them on at least one show in the Electric tour (Las Vegas).

Other production work[edit]

Price was the album producer on Seal's fifth studio album System, which was released in November 2007. He also co-wrote several of the album's songs. Price was among the producers of Keane's album Perfect Symmetry, which was released in October 2008.[7]

Price was also reported to be working with New Order's Bernard Sumner on a "synthesiser album".[8] However, it appears the project has been shelved[9]

Price co-produced the new Scissor Sisters album, released on 28 June 2010,[10] entitled Night Work. The first track to be released from the album is "Invisible Light". The first official single off the album was "Fire With Fire", followed by "Any Which Way".

Price is the executive producer for Kylie Minogue's 11th studio album titled Aphrodite which was released on 5 July 2010. On 11 June, the hit single "All the Lovers" was released, and later "Get Outta My Way", which was remixed by Price into an extended version.

In 2011, Price worked as a producer on indie rock band Hard-Fi's much anticipated 2011 album "Killer Sounds". He worked with the band for second single "Fire in the House".

He is also known to be featured on the debut of Queen of Hearts. (citation needed)

In May 2012, The fourth Scissor Sisters album Magic Hour was released with two tracks produced by Stuart Price: "The Secret Life of Letters" and "Somewhere".

For the London Olympic Games, Price was asked to create a theme song as the keystone of what director Danny Boyle called the "sonic branding" of the games. Intended to be played in multiple venues, Price set out to create a modular piece, "Different elements can layer on top of each other to create a fast-paced version for the velodrome, something slow for the background on TV, or a triumphant version of it for the medal ceremonies."[11]

Remixes[edit]

Price remixed Coldplay's single "Viva la Vida", released on the band's website as the Thin White Duke remix. Price has also produced and mastered tracks for Frankmusik's debut album, one of which is "3 Little Words". This track was released as a single on the "3 Little Words" EP. He provided two Thin White Duke remixes for the release of Depeche Mode's 2009 single, "Wrong".

In 2009, Price remixed "It's Not My Problem" for Sneaky Sound System under the Thin White Duke alias, as well as doing remixes for Depeche Mode's "Wrong", Friendly Fires' "Jump in the Pool", Röyksopp's "This Must Be It" and, most recently, Muse's "Undisclosed Desires". Producing the tour arrangement for the Pandemonium Tour by Pet Shop Boys, Price fulfilled a personal dream. He also produced an exclusive arrangement for Pet Shop Boys' Brit Awards performance in February. Both older hits and brand new songs were combined to create a ten-minute-long mash up that closed the 2009 Brits.

He mixed and remixed Miike Snow single "The Rabbit", then produced Take That's album Progress, featuring their reunion with Robbie Williams, later working again on their first EP, Progressed, released in summer 2011. Meanwhile, the band promoted their Progress Live which featured Price as musical director. Price mixed and co-produced several tracks on Duffy's album Endlessly, including first single "Well, Well, Well".

Under his Jacques Lu Cont alias, he released several massive club remixes including ones for U2, Katy Perry, Miike Snow and Coldplay.

In June 2012 his remix of Charlie Brown was rejected by Coldplay,[12] though Price did end up having it released through Annie Mac's show on BBC Radio One on 13 July.[13]

He also created a remix of Juliet's "Avalon".

Awards[edit]

Price won his first Grammy Award in 2004 for his remix of No Doubt's "It's My Life" produced under the moniker Thin White Duke. In 2005, he was nominated for two Grammys: one for his production of New Order's "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion" and a second for his remix of The Killers' "Mr. Brightside". He won a second Grammy in 2006 for his remix of Coldplay's "Talk" (as Thin White Duke). He was also nominated in 2007 for Best Dance Recording with Madonna on the single "Get Together" from the album Confessions on a Dance Floor. Price won his third Grammy in 2007 for Best Electronic / Dance Album for Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor.

In 2011, Price won a Music Week Award for Best Producer of the Year.[14]

Latest work[edit]

It was announced on 18 November 2011 that Price would return to producing his own music with the intention of releasing a new album as Les Rythmes Digitales.[15] However, on 14 July, in the interview preceding his Essential Mix with Pete Tong, he stated, "I don't know whether it's gonna be Les Rythmes Digitales, I don't know if its gonna be Jacques Lu Cont, I don't know if it's gonna be a Thin White Duke album. I think the material always just has to kind of... has to lead the way. So what I'll call it? Still to be determined."[16]

The single "Reload" was made available on SoundCloud at the end of November 2011, and in February 2012 the single "Church" was posted under the name Jacques Lu Cont. Around the same time he released his remix of Paddling Out by Miike Snow. He has continued to release tracks for free download via his Soundcloud page, including the London train system inspired "Underground" on 12 July.

In April 2012, Price performed at the Coachella Music Festival as Jacques Lu Cont in a mid-Saturday set playing original tracks from his new album as well as newer remixes of such songs as New Order's Blue Monday and Miike Snow's Paddling Out.

On 14 July, Price was finally invited to produce a two-hour set for BBC Radio One's Essential Mix, saying "I've been waiting 15 years for this, Pete." [16] His tracklist included many unreleased demos of his own work, influences like Depeche Mode and the Pixies, although it primarily consisted of tracks by his contemporaries.[17]

French electronic musician and DJ, Madeon, has named Stuart Price's production style among his many musical influences.[18]

Price is the producer of the 12th studio album & latest tour from Pet Shop Boys, entitled Electric. The album was announced on 14 March 2013 and was released 15 July. Price previously produced the medley Pet Shop Boys performed at the 2009 BRIT Awards, upon their being lauded with the Outstanding Contribution To Music statue. He also reworked Neil and Chris’ single “Memory Of The Future”.[19]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Zoot Woman (with Adam Blake and Johnny Blake)

  • Living in a Magazine (2001)
  • Zoot Woman (2003)
  • Things Are What They Used to Be (2009)
  • Star Climbing (2014)

Les Rythmes Digitales

Jacques Lu Cont

Tracques

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[21]
AUS
[22]
FIN
[23]
IRE
[24]
"Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat)" 1997 9 38 12 30 Darkdancer
"Music Makes You Lose Control" 1998 69
"(Hey You) What's That Sound?" 80
"Sometimes"
(featuring Nik Kershaw)
1999 56
"Safe With You"
(with Alex Metric featuring Malin)
2013 TBA
"Feel of Love"
(with Tensnake featuring Jamie Lidell)
2014 Glow
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Songwriting and production lists[edit]

Price receives songwriting or production credit for the following songs:

Zoot Woman[edit]

Star Climbing (2014)[26]
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Don't Tear Yourself Apart" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"Silhouette" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"Coming Up for Air" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"Nothing in the World" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"Rock & Roll Symphony" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"Chemistry" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"The Stars Are Bright" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"Real Real Love" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"Lifeline" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"Elusive" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"Waterfall into the Fire" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price A. Blake, J. Blake, Price
"Have We Lost That Loving Feeling" A. Blake, J. Blake, Price, Johnny Andrews A. Blake, J. Blake, Price

Princess Superstar[edit]

My Machine (2005)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"My Machine" C. Kirschner, Price Price
"Artery" C. Kirschner, Price Price

P Diddy[edit]

Let's Get Ill ft. Kelis (2003) (Single)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Let's Get Ill" Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Kelis Rogers, Nellee Hooper, Price P Diddy, Hooper, Price

Madonna[edit]

Juliet[edit]

Random Order (2005)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Au" Richardson, Price Price
"Avalon" Richardson, Price Price
"Nu Taboo" Richardson, Price Price
"Ride the Pain" Richardson, Jacknife Lee Price, Jacknife Lee
"Neverland" Richardson, Price Price
"Puppet" Richardson, Price Price
"On The Dancefloor" Richardson, Price Price
"Would You Mind" Richardson, Price Price
"Untied" Richardson, Price Price
"Pot Of Gold" Richardson, Price Price

New Order[edit]

Waiting for the Sirens' Call (2005)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Jetstream" New Order, A. Lynch & Price Price, New Order
"Guilt Is A Useless Emotion" New Order Price, New Order

Seal[edit]

System (2007)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"If It's In My Mind, It's On My Face" Seal, Eric Schermerhorn, Price Price
"Just Like Before" Seal, Schermerhorn, Price Price
"Loaded" Seal, Bill Bottrell, Price Price
"Wedding Day" Seal, Schermerhorn, Price Price
"System" Seal, Schermerhorn Price
"Dumb" Seal, Christopher Bruce, Price Price
"The Right Life" Seal, Price Price
"Rolling" Seal, Schermerhorn Price
"Immaculate" Seal Price
"Amazing" Seal Price

The Killers[edit]

Direct Hits (2013)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Just Another Girl" The Killers Price

Keane[edit]

Perfect Symmetry (2008)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Again and Again" Keane Keane, Price
"Black Burning Heart" Keane Keane, Price

Innerpartysystem[edit]

Innerpartysystem (2008)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Last Night in Brooklyn" Innerpartysystem Price, Mark Needham, Innerpartysystem
"Structure" Innerpartysystem Price, Joel Hamilton, Innerpartysystem
"Obsession" Innerpartysystem Price, Hamilton, Innerpartysystem
"New Poetry" Innerpartysystem Price, Needham, Innerpartysystem

Frankmusik[edit]

Scissor Sisters[edit]

Kylie Minogue[edit]

Aphrodite (2010)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"All the Lovers" Jim Eliot, Mima Stilwell Eliot, Price
"Get Outta My Way" Damon Sharpe, Daniel Davidsen, Lucas Secon, Mich Hansen, Peter Wallevik Cutfather, Davidsen, Wallevik, Price, Secon, Sharpe
"Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" Fin Dow-Smith, Miriam Nervo, Olivia Nervo Starsmith, Price
"Closer" Beatrice Hatherley, Price Price
"Aphrodite" Nerina Pallot, Andy Chatterley Chatterley, Pallot, Price
"Illusion" Kylie Minogue, Price Price
"Better Than Today" Chatterley, Pallot Chatterley, Pallot, Price
"Cupid Boy" Luciana Caporaso, Magnus Lidehall, Nick Clow, Sebastian Ingrosso Ingrosso, Lidehäll, Price
"Looking for an Angel" Minogue, Price Price
"Can't Beat the Feeling" Borge Fjordheim, Hannah Robinson, Matt Prime, Pascal Gabriel, Richard X Fjordheim, Gabriel, Price
"Silence" (B-side from Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)) Chris Bruce, Henry Samuel, Price Price

Brandon Flowers[edit]

Flamingo (2010)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Only the Young" Flowers Price
"Hard Enough" Flowers, Jenny Lewis, Daniel Lanois, Benji Lysaght Price, Lanois, Flowers
"Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts" Flowers, Lanois, Price Price, Lanois, Flowers
"Playing with Fire" Flowers, Lanois Price, Lanois, Flowers
"Was It Something I Said?" Flowers, Lanois, Lewis Price, Lanois, Flowers
"On the Floor" Flowers Price, Lanois, Flowers
"Swallow It" Flowers Price, Flowers
"The Clock Was Tickin'" Flowers Price, Flowers
"Jacksonville" Flowers Price, Flowers
"I Came Here to Get You" Flowers Price, Flowers
"Right Behind You" Flowers, Price Price, Flowers

Take That[edit]

Duffy[edit]

Endlessly (2010)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Keeping My Baby" Duffy, Albert Hammond Duffy, Hammond, Price
"Well, Well, Well" Duffy, Hammond Duffy, Hammond, Price
"Don't Forsake Me" Duffy, Hammond Duffy, Hammond, Price
"Lovestruck" Duffy, Hammond Duffy, Hammond, Price

Hard-Fi[edit]

Killer Sounds (2011)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Fire in the House" Richard Archer Archer, Price
"Bring It On" Archer Archer, Price
"Feels Good" Archer Archer, Price
"Love Song" Archer Archer, Price

Pet Shop Boys[edit]

Electric (2013)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Axis" Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe Price
"Bolshy" Tennant, Lowe Price
"Love Is a Bourgeois Construct" Tennant, Lowe, Henry Purcell Price
"Fluorescent" Tennant, Lowe Price
"Inside a Dream" Tennant, Lowe Price
"The Last to Die" Bruce Springsteen Price
"Shouting in the Evening" Tennant, Lowe Price
"Thursday" ft. Example Tennant, Lowe, Elliot Gleave Price
"Vocal" Tennant, Lowe Price
"Entschuldigung!" (B-side from Love Is a Bourgeois Construct) Tennant, Lowe Price
"Get It Online" (B-side from Love Is a Bourgeois Construct) Tennant, Lowe Price
"No More Ballads" (B-side from Thursday) Tennant, Lowe Price
"Odd Man Out" (B-side from Thursday) Tennant, Lowe Price

The Fray[edit]

Helios (2014)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Hold My Hand" Isaac Slade, Joseph King Price
"Love Don't Die" Slade, King Price, Ryan Tedder
"Give It Away" Slade, King Price
"Closer To Me" Slade, King Price
"Hurricane" Slade, King Price
"Keep On Wanting" Slade, King Price
"Our Last Days" Slade, King Price
"Break Your Plans" Slade, King Price
"Wherever This Goes" Slade, King Price
"Shadow and a Dancer" Slade, King Price
"Same as You" Slade, King, Sam Hollander Price
"Winter Sun" Slade, King Price
"500,000 Acres" Slade, King Price

Example[edit]

Live Life Living (2014)
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Next Year" Elliot Gleave, Price Price
"At Night" Gleave, Price Price
"Longest Goodbye" Gleave, Price Price

Steve Angello[edit]

Wasted Love (ft. Dougy) (2014) (Single)[27]
Song Title Songwriters Producers
"Wasted Love" Carl Falk, Joakim Berg, Dougy Mandagi, Price Angello, Price

Remixography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic. Les Rythmes Digitales – Stuart Price Biography.
  2. ^ "The sound of victory". London Evening Standard. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 318. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Rollingstone.com
  5. ^ NME (10 July 2012). "The Killers Confirm Release Date". Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Announce Stuart Price-Produced Album ‘Electric’: Watch The Video Tease | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Idolator.com. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  7. ^ Keanemusic.com
  8. ^ Pitchfork.com
  9. ^ Spinner.com
  10. ^ Popjustice.com
  11. ^ Smyth, David (27 July 2012). "The Sound of Victory". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Thornton, JR. "Coldplay – Charlie Brown (Jacques Lu Cont Remix) [Preview]". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Coldplay – Charlie Brown (Jacques Lu Cont Mix)". YourMusicRadar.com. 
  14. ^ "Music Week Award Winners 2011". 26 May 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Lindores, Mark. (18 November 2011) New Les Rythmes Digitales Material. Mixmag. Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
  16. ^ a b "Jacques Lu Cont's Essential Mix". BBC Radio One. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Jacques Lu Cont's Essential Mix Tracklist". 1001 Tracklists. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Madeon - KISS FM (UK) interview backstage at Wireless". YouTube and KISS FM. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Idolator". 
  20. ^ All Music entry for Blueprint. All Music
  21. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  22. ^ "Discography Les Rythmes Digitales". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Discography Les Rythmes Digitales". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "Discography Les Rythmes Digitales". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  25. ^ Zoot Woman - Sweet To The Wind EP (Vinyl) at Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
  26. ^ - Zoot Woman – “Don’t Tear Yourself Apart” (Stereogum Premiere). stereogum.com Retrieved on 24 July 2014.
  27. ^ - Steve Angello Ft. Dougy From The Temper Trap* – Wasted Love (File) at Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved on 24 July 2014.

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