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Stephen J. Lipson (born 16 March 1954) is an English record producer/engineer, guitarist and songwriter. As a record producer he has worked with many international artists including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Cher, Grace Jones, Annie Lennox, Pet Shop Boys, Will Young, Kelly Clarkson, Jeff Beck, Hans Zimmer, Johnny Marr and Pharrell Williams. On many of the records Lipson produced, he has also engineered, played guitar, and done much of the programming.
Lipson started out as a guitarist and songwriter in various bands, but in 1975 he started work as an engineer. By 1976, he had created his own studio, the Regents Park Recording Company with Duncan Bruce. The company had their first hit with Sniff 'n' the Tears album Fickle Heart.
Lipson left Regents Park in 1978 and began freelancing. Lipson was producing by 1983, but he took a two-day job working at Sarm West Studios with Trevor Horn on Frankie Goes to Hollywood's debut single. Lipson and Horn established a great relationship, and Steve became his right-hand man at Horn's label ZTT Records (Zang Tuum Tumb), staying for 7 years and producing many of the label's artists, including Propganda's "A Secret Wish". The two co-produced albums for various artists including Pet Shop Boys, Paul McCartney and Simple Minds. In 1991 Lipson went out on his own and has since produced hits for the likes of Annie Lennox, Geri Halliwell and Will Young as well as many Grammy winning albums.
2012 saw Lipson starting to produce and mix film scores and soundtracks for Hans Zimmer including The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan), Superman: Man of Steel (Zack Snyder), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Marc Webb) and Rush (Ron Howard).
The initial concept of the band was to allow the four friends to play live together, and for Horn and Lipson to take a break from producing. Their first gig was at The Barfly in Camden Town, London in November 2006, where they played covers of songs the members had written or worked on previously. In December 2006, the group began to record original material, which was debuted at a second gig in Camden Town in February 2007.
Producers released a debut 10-track album, Made in Basing Street on 25 June 2012. The album was named after the street that the album was made on, in Sarm Studios. The band promoted the album across Europe in November 2012.
Awards and nominations
|2013||Hans Zimmer, The Dark Knight Rises – nominated for Grammys Best Soundtrack Album||Producer|
|2011||Jeff Beck, Hammerhead – won Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance||Producer|
|2011||Jeff Beck, Nessun Dorma – won Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance||Producer|
|2011||Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion – nominated for Grammys Best Rock Album||Producer|
|2011||Jeff Beck, I Put A Spell on You – nominated for Grammys Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals||Producer|
|2011||Stephen Lipson – nominated for Grammys Best Engineered Album (Emotion & Commotion)||Producer and Engineer|
|2011||Stephen Lipson – nominated for Brits Producer of the Year||Producer|
|2011||Juanes, Yerbatero, won Premio lo Nuestro Song of the Year||Producer|
|2007||Will Young, All Time Love – nominated for Brits Best British Single||Producer|
|2005||Will Young, Your Game – won Brit for Best British Single||Producer|
|2004||Annie Lennox, Bare – nominated for Grammys Best Pop Album||Producer|
|1998||Jars of Clay, Much Afraid – won Dove Award for Group of the Year||Producer|
|1998||Jars of Clay, Much Afraid – won Grammy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album||Producer|
|2004||Will Young, Leave Right Now – nominated for Brits Best British Single||Producer|
|2002||S Club 7, Don't Stop Movin' – won Brit for Best British Single||Producer|
|2002||S Club 7, Don't Stop Movin' – won ITV Record of the Year||Producer|
|1996||Annie Lennox, No More I Love You's – won Grammy for Best Female Pop Performance||Producer|
|1993||Annie Lennox, Diva – nominated for Grammys Album of the Year||Producer|
|1993||Annie Lennox, Diva – nominated for Grammys Best Pop Vocal Performance||Producer|
|1993||Annie Lennox, Diva – won Grammy for Best Music Video – Long Form Music Video||Producer|
|1993||Annie Lennox, Diva – won Brit for Best British Album||Producer|
|1992||Stephen Lipson – won Music Week Producer of the Year||Producer|
|1990||Paul McCartney, Flowers in the Dirt – nominated for Grammys Best Engineered Album||Producer|