Paul Epworth

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Paul Epworth
Born (1974-07-25) July 25, 1974 (age 40)
Origin London, England
Genres Indie rock, punk rock, hip hop, pop, dance
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, musician, remixer
Instruments Drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, trumpet, percussion
Years active 2000–present
Labels Columbia Records
Associated acts Adele, Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, John Legend, Florence and the Machine, Foster the People, Paul McCartney, Azealia Banks, Crystal Castles, Bruno Mars, Plan B, Friendly Fires, Bloc Party, Annie, Chapel Club, Primal Scream, The Rapture, Jack Peñate, Kate Nash, Maxïmo Park, Lana Del Rey.
Website paulepworth.com

Paul Epworth (born 25 July 1974) is an English music producer, musician, and songwriter. His production and writing credits include Adele, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, Foster the People, John Legend, Azealia Banks, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars, Plan B, Crystal Castles, Friendly Fires, Bloc Party, Annie, Chapel Club, Primal Scream, The Rapture, Jack Peñate, Kate Nash, and Maxïmo Park. On 12 February 2012 at the 54th Grammy Awards, he won four Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year, Album of the Year (Adele's 21), and Song of the Year and Record of the Year (for "Rolling in the Deep"). He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song alongside Adele, for "Skyfall". His sister Mary Epworth is a singer and songwriter.[1] He is a member of the Music Producers Guild.

Career[edit]

Lomax[edit]

From 2002 to 2004 Epworth provided lead vocals and guitar for the band Lomax.[2] He later remixed two songs from the band's catalogue – "Reiterator" and "Modern Life".

Remixing[edit]

Epworth is well known for his remix work under the name Phones. He began to gain recognition with this moniker based on his work with Bloc Party's track "Banquet"; he has since provided remix work for New Order, U2, P-Diddy, Goldfrapp, Nine Inch Nails, Simian Mobile Disco, The Streets, Interpol, Tom Vek, Death from Above 1979, Annie, and most recently Coldplay. His debut of original material under the Phones name, "Sharpen the Knives"/"Worryin", was released on French label Kitsuné in November 2006. In 2008 he announced he had killed off the Phones moniker but has said he continues to remix anonymously.

In early 2006 Epworth began making music under another alias, Epic Man. His debut single, "More Is Enough", featured Plan B and was featured on the soundtrack for Need For Speed: Pro Street and was released on Good & Evil Records, a subsidiary of 679 Recordings. He has since returned to his Phones name and there are no known plans to release under Epic Man again.

Production and Writing[edit]

In 2004-05, Epworth produced a quartet of critically acclaimed releases, including two Mercury Music Prize nominations in Silent Alarm by Bloc Party and A Certain Trigger by Maximo Park, the bulk of The Futureheads eponymous debut (including the hit Kate Bush cover "Hounds Of Love"), and Capture/Release by The Rakes as well as singles by Babyshambles and The Long Blondes. He also wrote and produced tracks for British rappers, Kano ("Don't Know Why") and Plan B ("No Good" and "Where You From") This was followed in 2006 by production work on Pieces of the People We Love by The Rapture and the debut album by French band Black Strobe, entitled Burn Your Own Church.

In 2007, Epworth began to contribute more co-writing credits alongside his production. For example, his production on the number one debut album Made of Bricks by Kate Nash included a writing credit on the hit single "Foundations" (for which he was nominated for an Ivor Novello songwriters award.) In 2008, Epworth produced much of Sam Sparro's eponymous debut album which entered the UK album charts at number 4 and the Primal Scream single, "Can't Go Back", along with the title track of their recent album Beautiful Future. Epworth also completed production duties on much of the new Bloc Party record, Intimacy and co-wrote and produced Friendly Fires track "Jump In The Pool".

Early 2009 saw Epworth co-writing and recording Jack Peñate's critically lauded second album Everything Is New including the singles "Tonight's Today" and "Be the One". He also co-wrote and produced tracks for Florence and the Machine's debut album Lungs, including the hit single "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" along with the album tracks "Howl", "Cosmic Love", "Hurricane Drunk" and "Blinding". He also worked further with Friendly Fires on a single version of the track "Skeleton Boy" and produced the forthcoming single by The Big Pink, "Stop the World". In February 2009 he won best newcomer at the inaugural Music Producers' Guild Awards. In Spring 2009, Epworth co-produced another single with The Big Pink entitled "Dominos", and a new Friendly Fires single "Kiss of Life".

Summer 2009 brought Epworth his third and fourth Mercury music prize nomination in the shape of Florence and the Machine's Lungs and Friendly Fires' eponymous debut. He also finished album tracks for Norwegian pop artist Annie for her delayed album Don't Stop; wrote the "Zingolo" for Cadbury's "Fair Trade" advert, featuring Ghanaian MC Tinny; and mixed the track "Silva & Grimes" for Holy Fuck's Latin lp. He finished up the year working on new tracks by London MC/Singer Plan B for his number 1 album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks including the top 10 single "Stay Too Long", and tracks for Canadian duo Crystal Castles (including single Celestica), writing with Grammy winner Adele, singer Sky Ferreira and producing a single version of album track "Tonight" with The Big Pink.

In February 2010 Epworth won both the Brit Award and the Music Producers' Guild Award for Producer Of The Year and also won Music Week's Producer of the Year Award in April.

Early 2010 saw Epworth deliver tracks for London band Chapel Club's forthcoming LP and begin work on both Friendly Fires' and Florence and the Machine's second LPs. He also signed a solo deal with Columbia Records, with an album due late 2010 or early 2011.[needs update] Epworth added his production hand to Primary 1's forthcoming album, including lead single "Princess".[needs update] Summer 2010 saw him provide production on two versions of Cee Lo Green's cover of Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You", and for the single "It's OK".

Late 2010 and early 2011 saw the release of the acclaimed Epworth co-written and produced worldwide number one single "Rolling in the Deep" from Adele's 21. The album features three Epworth co-writes with Adele, which he produced "I'll Be Waiting", while "He Won't Go" was produced by Rick Rubin. Summer 2011 saw Epworth working on The Big Pink's forthcoming LP Future This[needs update] and the critically acclaimed Ceremonials by Florence and the Machine.

On 12 February 2012 at the 54th Grammy Awards, he won four Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year, Album of the Year (Adele's 21), and Song of the Year and Record of the Year (for "Rolling in the Deep").

In 2013 Epworth and Adele received the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 70th Golden Globe Awards for the song "Skyfall".[3] Epworth and Adele also received the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 85th Academy Awards for "Skyfall".

The debut album of Azealia Banks Broke with Expensive Taste produced by Epworth was released on November 6, 2014.

Discography[edit]

Singles (as Phones)[edit]

  • 2006 "Sharpen the Knives / Worryin"

Singles (as Epic Man)[edit]

Production and Writing[edit]

Remixes[edit]

Awards with Adele[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2013 "Skyfall" Best Original Song Won [4]

Billboard Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012
"Rolling in the Deep" Top Streaming Song of the Year (Video) Nominated
Top Digital Song of the Year Nominated
Top Streaming Song of the Year (Audio) Won
Top Pop Song of the Year Nominated
Top Pop Song of the Year Nominated
Top Alternative Song of the Year Won
Top Hot 100 Song of the Year

Top Radio Song of the Year

Nominated

BMI London Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Rolling in the Deep" Award-Winning Songs Won [5]

BMI Pop Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Rolling In The Deep" Award-Winning Songs

Brits Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2013 "Skyfall" British Single of the Year Won [6]

BT Digital Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" Best Song Nominated
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" Best Video Nominated

Critics' Choice Movie Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Skyfall" Best Song Won

Golden Globes Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2013 "Skyfall" Best Original Song Won [7]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Rolling in the Deep" Record of the Year Won
2012 "Rolling in the Deep" Song of the Year Won
2012 "Rolling in the Deep" Best Short Form Music Video Won
2012 Paul Epworth Producer of The Year Won

Houston Film Critics Society[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Skyfall" Best Original Song Won [8]

Ivor Novello Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Rolling in the Deep" PRS for Music Most Performed Work Won
2012 Best Song Musically and Lyrically Nominated
2012 "Someone like You" PRS for Music Most Performed Work Nominated

Las Vegas Film Critics Society[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Skyfall" Best Song Won [9]

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2008 Adele Best UK/Ireland act Nominated
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" Best Song Nominated
Best Video Nominated

MTV's Song of the Year[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" Song of the Year Won

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" Video of the Year Nominated
Best Female Video Nominated
Best Pop Video Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Art Direction Won
Best Cinematography Won
Best Editing Won

People's Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012
"Rolling in the Deep" Favorite Song of the Year Nominated
Favorite Music Video Nominated

Phoenix Film Critics Society[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Skyfall" Best Original Song Won

Q Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" Best Track Won

Satellite Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Skyfall" Best Original Song Nominated

Skatta Social TV Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2013 "Skyfall" Best Online Video Won
2013 Skyfall Music Award Nominated

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" Song of the Year Nominated
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" Record of the Year Nominated

Swiss Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Rolling in the Deep" Music Award Won

Teen Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" Choice Break Up Song Nominated

UK Music Video Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" Best Pop Video Won
Best Cinematography in a Video Won
Best Art Direction & Design in a Video Nominated

VEVOCertified Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2012 "Rolling in the Deep" 100,000,000 Views Won

World Soundtrack Academy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2013 Skyfall Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film Won [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beardedmagazine.com
  2. ^ "From The Bluetones To The Music – Let's Hear It For Indie's Second Division". NME. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Golden Globes
  4. ^ "Adele Skyfall wins best song Oscar". BBC News. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "2012 BMI London Awards". Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Wyatt, Daisy (21 February 2013). "Brit Awards winners 2013: the list in full". The Independent. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "2013 Golden Globes Winners: The Complete List". Eonline. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Houston critics fete ‘Argo’". Variety. 5 Jan 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 Sierra Award winners". Las Vegas Film Critics Society. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "World Soundtrack Academy announces 2013 nominees". World Soundtrack Academy. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 

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