Andrew Dawson (record producer)

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Andrew Dawson
Born (1980-03-12) March 12, 1980 (age 39)
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota
GenresHip hop, pop, rock, indie rock, indie pop
Occupation(s)Music producer, songwriter, mixer, engineer, songwriter
InstrumentsPiano, guitar
Associated actsfun., Jay-Z, John Legend, Kanye West, Pet Shop Boys
Websitehttp://soundeq.com/

Andrew Dawson (born March 12, 1980) is an American music producer, engineer, mixer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Dawson is a three-time Grammy award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, having won for his work as engineer and mixer on Kanye West's Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) - each winning the Best Rap Album category.[1][2] Dawson is also credited with additional production on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.[3] Although Dawson made his initial breakthrough with hip hop artists including Kanye West, Jay-Z, Common, Tyler The Creator, and P.O.S, Dawson has also moved on to produce and work on records for pop, indie and rock bands including fun., The Rolling Stones, Pet Shop Boys, Sleigh Bells, Baskery and Night Terrors of 1927.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Dawson began playing piano at the age of 5, studying jazz and classical piano at a private music conservatory until the age of 16. During the last few years of high school, Dawson interned at a Minneapolis recording studio and during the summers did live sound mixing for outdoor concerts.[5] Dawson then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he majored in Music Production & Engineering. While living in the Boston area Dawson worked at Lexicon - a company famous for manufacturing digital reverb units including the 480L.[6] In 2001 Dawson moved to New York City, where he worked as an assistant then later became a staff engineer at Sony Music Studios.[5][6][7] Dawson prefers to work on projects that have meaning, due to his passion for music, and work with artists who are equally as passionate about their records.[8]

Dawson is married to entrepreneur Cynthia Dawson and currently works from Los Angeles, California.

Work with Kanye West[edit]

In 2003, midway through the recording and producer sessions for Kanye West's The College Dropout, Dawson was called to try for the position of Kanye West's engineer. The rap artist and producer Kanye West had gone through a string of seven engineers, all of whom were fired.[9] Dawson was able to impress the rap star and maintained his position. Since then Dawson has worked as Kanye West's primary audio and mixing engineer. In a period spanning almost 9 years, Dawson has been directly involved in all five Kanye West studio album releases, totaling in sales of over 11 million records[10][11][12] and four #1 US albums.[13]

SoundEQ Studios[edit]

Dawson currently has its own studio, SoundEQ Studios in Hollywood.[6] The majority of fun.'s chart topping album Some Nights, including #1 single "We Are Young" was recorded at SoundEQ Studios.[14] Dawson has hosted co-writing sessions with artists and writers including Andy Grammar, Hudson Taylor, Baby E, Zack Waters, K.Flay, Michelle Branch, Kimbra, and Jimmy Harry.

Discography[edit]

Artist Year Album Producer Engineer Mixer Co-writer
Baskery 2018 Coyote & Sirens
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
Mike Shinoda 2018 Post Traumatic
☑Y
☑Y
Pusha T 2018 Daytona
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
Linkin Park 2017 One More Light
☑Y
Childish Gambino 2013 Because the Internet
☑Y
Night Terrors of 1927 Guilty Pleas
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
Tyler, The Creator Wolf
☑Y
Kanye West Yeezus
☑Y
Phlo Finister Poster Girl EP
☑Y
☑Y
Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals
☑Y
The Rolling Stones 2012 GRRR!
☑Y
Kanye West Cruel Summer
☑Y
Pet Shop Boys Elysium
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
Versa Emerge Another Atmosphere
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
POP ETC POP ETC
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
fun. Some Nights
☑Y
Beyoncé 2011 4
☑Y
Kanye West, Jay-Z Watch the Throne
☑Y
Big Sean Finally Famous
☑Y
Snoop Dogg Doggumentary
☑Y
Chamillionaire "When Ya On" single
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
T.I. 2010 No Mercy
☑Y
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy * co-P
☑Y
☑Y
☑Y
Rick Ross Teflon Don
☑Y
Various Artists Just Dance Vol. 3
☑Y
Common Go! - Common Classics
☑Y
Mr. Hudson Straight No Chaser
☑Y
☑Y
Thirty Seconds to Mars 2009 This Is War
☑Y
Mary J. Blige Stronger with Each Tear
☑Y
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The End of Day
☑Y
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
☑Y
N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo
☑Y
Kanye West 2008 808s & Heartbreak
☑Y
☑Y
T-Pain Thr33 Ringz
☑Y
T.I. Paper Trail
☑Y
Kanye West feat. Chris Martin "Homecoming" single
☑Y
☑Y
Lil Wayne The Carter III
☑Y
Kanye West 2007 Graduation *
☑Y
☑Y
Chrisette Michele I Am
☑Y
Ne-Yo Because of You
☑Y
Consequence Don't Quit Your Day Job!
☑Y
☑Y
John Legend Once Again
☑Y
UGK 2006 Underground Kingz
☑Y
Common Finding Forever
☑Y
☑Y
Jay-Z Kingdom Come
☑Y
Nas Hip Hop Is Dead
☑Y
The Game Doctor's Advocate
☑Y
Monica The Makings of Me
☑Y
The Notorious B.I.G. 2005 Duets: The Final Chapter
☑Y
Paul Wall The People's Champ
☑Y
Kanye West Late Registration *
☑Y
☑Y
Common Be
☑Y
John Legend 2004 Get Lifted
☑Y
Destiny's Child Destiny Fulfilled
☑Y
Maria Mena White Turns Blue
☑Y
Kanye West The College Dropout
☑Y
  • Indicates Grammy win.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kanye West: Past Grammy wins
  2. ^ Berklee College of Music: Alumni Shine in Hip Hop Hits
  3. ^ AllMusic My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantast Credits
  4. ^ Andrew Dawson Official Biography and Selected Discography Archived September 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b An Interview with Grammy Award–Winning Mixer/Engineer/Producer Andrew Dawson Archived June 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b c Andrew Dawson: Interview
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Andrew Dawson: Mixing Projects With Meaning
  9. ^ Producer's Corner: Andrew Dawson
  10. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: The Top 20 New Acts Of The 2000s - Chart Watch". New.music.yahoo.com. July 22, 2009. Archived from the original on October 13, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  11. ^ Nabavian, Evan (February 24, 2010). "Kanye West Returns With 'Coldest Winter' Video". Billboard.com.
  12. ^ Jacobs, Allen (February 22, 2012). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 2/19/2012". HipHop DX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  13. ^ Peak chart positions for albums in the United States:
  14. ^ Interview: Andrew Dawson