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Producer, mixer and engineer
Jim Abbiss is a British music producer, best known for his work on records including Arctic Monkeys' Mercury Music Prize winning debut album, , Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not [1 ] Kasabian's and Kasabian , Empire Ladytron's , Witching Hour Sneaker Pimps' debut , and both of Becoming X Adele's albums and 19 . 21 [2 ]
He started his music career playing keyboards with Peterborough band The Pleasure Heads, on
Red Rhino Records, before getting his first studio job at Spaceward Studios near Cambridge, in 1986. It was here that he trained under maverick engineer & producer Owen Morris (Oasis, Ash). He moved to become an assistant engineer at Power Plant studios, London in 1988, and witnessed first-hand the acid house movement through countless remix sessions.
He went freelance in 1990, and
Steve Hillage (System 7,The Orb) became a regular collaborator on remixes & album sessions. He then met producer Nellee Hooper, and worked as his engineer on albums for Björk (Debut), Massive Attack( Protection), as well as the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack & many more remixes. This association established Abbiss and led to a meeting and future collaborations with James Lavelle & DJ Shadow. More remixing ( The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony) and the critically acclaimed Psyence Fiction album by Unkle led to him being offered more production work. He co-produced the Sneaker Pimps debut, Becoming X, and the debut LP by Mono. At the same time, song-writing with singer Laura Mohapi led to a publishing contract with Chrysalis music, and a short-lived return to the world of the artist with the band Darling.
He has also worked with
Stateless on their self-titled debut album . Other work includes both EPs and debut single by Stateless Bombay Bicycle Club, as well as on their debut album . He has also mixed I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose DJ Shadow's albums . The Less You Know, the Better and [3 ] . The Private Press
Mixing tracks for
Kasabian in 2003 led to co-producing 2 albums with them (the self-titled Kasabian and Empire) and gave him the first of 3 nominations for "producer of the year" at the Music Week/MPG awards. He then worked on Editors ( ), The Back Room The Noisettes ( ) and Wild Young Hearts The Temper Trap ( ). While producing the track "My Yvonne" for Conditions Jack Peñate, he met singer Adele, whom Jack had asked to do some backing vocals. He was immediately blown away by her voice and asked if she had her own demos. She had just signed to XL, and shortly afterwards Abbiss began work on her debut , producing eight tracks. Producing two tracks for her phenomenally successful follow-up 19 led to a Grammy nomination. 21
In 2011 Jim Abbiss worked on
The Kooks third album, . Junk of the Heart [4 ]
In 2012, Jim Abbiss produced
The Unified Field for former Sneaker Pimps vocalist and founding member Chris Corner's project IAMX. Abbiss has continued studio productions with [5 ] Emeli Sandé, The Family Rain, [6 ] Birdy & KT Tunstall and maintains ongoing projects with a variety of artists.
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Arcade Fire ( William Butler, Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Timothy Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld, Richard Reed Parry)
Arcade Fire & Markus Dravs, producers; Arcade Fire, Markus Dravs, Mark Lawson & Craig Silvey, engineers/mixers; George Marino, mastering engineer
Jim Abbiss, Adele, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin, Fraser T. Smith, Ryan Tedder & Dan Wilson, producers; Jim Abbiss, Philip Allen, Beatriz Artola, Ian Dowling, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Fidelman, Dan Parry, Steve Price, Mark Rankin, Andrew Scheps, Fraser T. Smith & Ryan Tedder engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
Random Access Memories
Daft Punk ( Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter); Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams & Pharrell Williams, featured artists
Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine "Chab" Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers