Markus Dravs

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Markus Dravs
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, indie folk, art rock, hip hop, electronica
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, musician, remixer, engineer
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Björk, The Maccabees, Angel Haze, Brian Eno.
Website markusdravs.com

Markus Dravs is a music producer, songwriter, programmer, engineer and mixer. His credits includes Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Björk, Brian Eno, Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine, The Maccabees amongst others.

Markus Dravs has produced the highly anticipated third album from Florence & The Machine, entitled How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which is due to be released on the 1st June 2015. He has also co-written two tracks on the album, "Queen of Peace" and "Various Storms & Saints".

To date he has won three Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and three Brit Awards for his production work. At the 53rd Grammy Awards he won Album of the Year for Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. At the 55th Grammy Awards, he won the Album of the Year for Mumford & Sons Babel. In 2009 at the 51st Grammy Awards, Dravs won Best Rock Album for Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

Dravs won Producer of the Year at the 2011 Brit Awards. He was also nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical at the 55th annual session of the Grammy Awards in 2013.

In 2013, Dravs began working with American hip-hop artist Angel Haze, and has produced and co-written the bulk of her debut album. He also co-produced the fourth studio album from Arcade Fire, entitled Reflektor.


Career[edit]

After hearing Brian Eno's collaboration with David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, he decided to get into engineering. He started out at Westside/Hookend Manor and learnt his initial skills from the then owners, Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, before moving to Metropolis, where he assisted under Gary Langan, before working under Brian Eno for the next few years. He went on to get his first co-production credit on Eno's album Nerve Net in 1992 and they subsequently worked together on many productions including 12" remixes for Depeche Mode, The Grid, and 808 State.

He has worked on several notable albums, including Björk's Homogenic, James's Wah Wah, and three Arcade Fire albums Neon Bible, The Suburbs and Reflektor.

He has also worked with Coldplay on their 2008 album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, and their 2011 album Mylo Xyloto. According to Markus: "Chris Martin called me and told me he had a conversation with Win Butler, who suggested, He'll kick you into shape, which was poetic for "He will do his utmost in helping you to develop your artistic horizon".

In 2011 Dravs received acclaim for producing Mumford & Sons' debut album, Sigh No More, and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. Sigh No More won Best British Album, and The Suburbs won Best International Album, at the 2011 BRIT Awards. The Suburbs also won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

In conjunction with Kobalt Music Group, Dravs has started up a publishing and production company called Casa-D. According to Markus "The idea behind Casa-D Productions is to form a creative hub, from which I can collaborate with other musicians, top line writers and lyricists to write and/or produce new songs both for other artists and for release ourselves via Casa-D."

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