Rodaidh McDonald

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Rodaidh McDonald
Born Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation(s) Music producer, mix engineer, record company executive
Labels XL

Rodaidh McDonald is a Scottish music producer, mix engineer and record company executive. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His production and mixing credits include The xx, King Krule, How to Dress Well, Adele, Savages, Daughter , The Horrors, Bobby Womack, Vampire Weekend, and Gil Scott-Heron. [1]

Since 2009, McDonald has worked for XL Recordings and runs XL Studios, the label's in-house recording studio. He has worked at XL Studios with a number of acts including The xx, Adele, The Horrors, Bobby Womack, Vampire Weekend, Gil Scott-Heron, and Giggs. [2]

In 2009, McDonald recorded and mixed The xx's multi-platinum album xx which won the Mercury Music Prize in 2010.[3]

In 2010, McDonald visited Ethiopia with Richard Russell and Nick Zinner. They subsequently released an EP together under the name Fresh Touch. [4]

In 2011, McDonald participated as a producer in Damon Albarn DRC Music project. Collaborating with producers Dan the Automator, XL Recordings, Richard Russell, Jneiro Jarel, DJ Darren Cunningham aka Actress, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka Jr., Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Kwes, McDonald went to Kinshasa in DR Congo for one week to record an album called Kinshasa One Two.[5] All proceeds will benefit Oxfam's work in the DRC.[6] The album was released by Warp Records. [7]

In 2012, McDonald continued his relationship with the The xx, mixing the band's 2nd album Coexist with Jamie Smith.[8] On 16 September 2012, Coexist entered the UK album chart at number one.[9]

In 2013, McDonald contributed production to albums by Daughter, King Krule, Savages, and Willis Earl Beal amongst others. Savages album Silence Yourself was shortlisted for the 2013 Mercury Music Prize.[10]

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  1. ^ "Rodaidh McDonald Discogs Page" « Discogs". Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "A Quick Chat With Rodaidh McDonald" « Creators Project". 17 July 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Recording The xx" « Sound On Sound". 21 June 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fresh Touch Video Exclusive" « Another Magazine". 17 February 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kinshasa One Two". DRC Music. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Damon Albarn previews DRC Music project with "Hallo" « Consequence of Sound". 25 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Damon Albarn-led DRC Music details Congo album « Consequence of Sound". 30 August 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "The xx update - Second Album Being Mixed Down Rodaidh McDonald Agan Behind The Boards" « Fact Magazine". 21 March 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "The xx beat Bob Dylan and The Script to Number One" «". 17 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mercury Prize Shortlist Revealed" «". 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.