Andrew Wyatt

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Andrew Wyatt
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Wyatt performs with Miike Snow at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles
Background information
Birth name Andrew Wyatt Blakemore[1]
Origin New York City, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, electronica, indie pop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer
Instruments Bass, keyboard, vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels Downtown Records, Columbia, MapleMusic Recordings
Associated acts Miike Snow, The A.M., Funkraphiliacs, Mark Ronson, Carl Barat, A-Trak, Bruno Mars, Flume
Notable instruments
Vocals

Andrew Wyatt Blakemore, known simply as Andrew Wyatt, is an American musician and producer. Born and raised in Manhattan, New York, he has played in New York bands such as The A.M.[2] and Black Beetle. He is currently the vocalist in the Swedish electronic pop band Miike Snow.[3][4] Wyatt has worked extensively with other artists, writing and/or producing songs with Carl Barat, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Flume, Dragons of Zynth, Coco Sumner and others.[5] Andrew Wyatt's songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.

Early life and education[edit]

Wyatt grew up on Perry Street in Manhattan[5] in the 1980s.[6] At 18, he and musician Greg Kurstin formed the short-lived experimental pop band Funkraphiliacs, whereupon he was signed to Capitol Records as a solo artist. He worked on the album in Bath, UK, at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios for about a year, with the Pet Shop Boys and Siouxsie Sioux producer Stephen Hague,[7] until chemical dependency and psychological issues forced him into hospitalization at New York's Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic. Surmising that a major label release with its incumbent pressures was not realistic, it was decided that a period of respite was needed. Wyatt moved to a small mountain town in Boulder, Colorado for several years, where he briefly attended the University of Colorado.[8]

Career[edit]

After briefly studying at classical conservatory, he returned to New York City and shortly thereafter formed the group The A.M. with Michael Tighe and Parker Kindred, formerly of Jeff Buckley's band. The group released one album on Universal UK before disbanding in 2005.[9][10]

He is currently the lead singer and co-songwriter for the Swedish band Miike Snow[3][11][12]

Outside of his own band projects, Wyatt has worked extensively with other artists, writing and/or producing songs with Carl Barat,[13][14] Mark Ronson,[15][16][17] Tiggers, Dragons of Zynth, Coco Sumner, and many others. In 2011 he co-wrote "Grenade" with Bruno Mars. The song went to number one in several countries including the U.S, and earned a Grammy Nomination for Song of the Year. He has also in recent years begun doing sound installations for galleries and video art, and debuted Waves, a collaboration with photographer / video artist Sebastian Mlynarski, at The New Museum in New York.[1] He co-created the music for the 2012 one-act ballet "Carbon Life" along with Mark Ronson and Wayne McGregor.[18]

Wyatt released his debut solo album Descender on April 16, 2013 on INGRID/Downtown Records and the only live performance of the album to date was at Capitale in New York City on May 10, 2013 as part of the Downtown Festival.[19] The album features the 75-piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with additional appearances by The Libertines' Anthony Rossomando, Spiritualized's bassist Brad Truax, Amen Dunes' Damon McMahon, and Tortoise's John Herndon.[20] A short documentary directed by Sebastian Mlynarski, entitled "The Making of Descender," [21] was made in collaboration with The Creator's Project on March 19, 2013. In the documentary Wyatt discussed the challenges of completing the album in only a month, as that was the only time he had between Miike Snow tours and it gave a behind the scenes look at the recording process.[22] The first single from the project, "And Septimus...", was made available for streaming on February 19, 2013 and a music video for the single that was filmed in Buenos Aires and directed by Sebastian Mlynarski, premiered on Rolling Stone.com on May 7, 2013.[19]

Late in 2014, he performed a duet, "Shake Your Hands," with Greek singer Monika on her album, Secret in the Dark (Archangel Music).

In May 2015, he collaborated with Flume on his track "Some Minds", featuring vocals and lyrics.[23]


Production and Songwriting Credits[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Details
2016 "The Heart Of Me" Miike Snow iii Producer/Songwriter
"Genghis Khan"
"Heart Is Full"
"For U (feat. Charli XCX)"
"I Feel The Weight"
"Back Of The Car"
"Lonely Life"
"Over And Over"
"Longshot (7 Nights)"
"My Trigger"
"Heart Is Full (Remix feat. Run The Jewels)" Heart Is Full (Remix)
"Empire Underground" The Big Pink Empire Underground Songwriter
"Decoy" Producer/Songwriter
"Everyday Life" LION BABE Begin Producer/Songwriter
2015 "New Love" Dua Lipa New Love Co-Producer/Songwriter
"Some Minds (Feat. Andrew Wyatt)" Flume Some Minds Featured Artist/Songwriter
"Little Ballerina" Emile Haynie We Fall Songwriter
"Who To Blame (Feat. Randy Newman)"
"Come Find Me (Feat. Lykke Li and Romy)"
"Nobody Believes You (Feat. Andrew Wyatt and Colin Blunstone)" Featured Artist/Songwriter
"Falling Apart (Feat. Andrew Wyatt and Brian Wilson)"
"Dreams" Beck "Dreams (Single)" Songwriter
"Hand In the Fire (Feat. Charlie XCX)" Mr. Oizo Hand In The Fire Songwriter
"Heavy And Rolling (Feat. Andrew Wyatt)" Mark Ronson Uptown Funk Featured Artist/Songwriter
'The Heart Of You" Anna Calvi Original Soundtrack for the film Insurgent Songwriter
2014 "Push (Feat. Andrew Wyatt)" A-Trak Push Featured Artist/Songwriter
"Ain't Got You" Pixie Lott Pixie Lott Songwriter
"Die Tonight" Charli XCX Sucker Songwriter
"I Need Ur Luv"
2013 "Horse Latitudes" Andrew Wyatt Descender Producer/Songwriter
"Harlem Boyzz"
"Cluster Subs"
"She's Changed"
"And Septimus..."
"It Won't Let You Go"
"Descender (Death of 1000 Cuts)"
"In Paris They Know How To Build A Monument"
"There Is A Spring"
"Empty Church (Feat. Andrew Wyatt)" Creep Echoes Featured Artist/Songwriter
2012 "Remedy (Feat. Miike Snow)" Crookers From Then Until Now Featured Artist/Songwriter
"When I Was Your Man" Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox Songwriter
"Moonshine"
"Loyalty" Kate Earl Stronger Songwriter
"Enter The Jokers Lair" Miike Snow Happy to You Producer/Songwriter
"The Wave"
"Devil's Work"
"Vase"
"God Help This Divorce"
"Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)"
"Pretender"
"Archipelago"
"Black Tin Box (Feat. Lykke Li)"
"Paddling Out"
2011 "Dazed" Daniel Merriweather Original Soundtrack for the film Arthur Producer/Songwriter
2010 "Change" Love & War Co-producer/Songwriter
"For Your Money" Love & Money Songwriter
"Je Regrette, Je Regrette" Carl Barât Carl Barât Songwriter/mixing-engineer
"The Magus"
"Ode To A Girl"
"What Have I Done"
"Somebody to Love Me (Feat. Andrew Wyatt and Boy George)" Mark Ronson & The Business Intl Record Collection Featured Artist/Songwriter
"Grenade" Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans Songwriter
2009 "Lo And Behold" Just Jack All Night Cinema Songwriter
"Animal" Miike Snow Miike Snow Producer/Songwriter
"Burial"
"Silvia"
"Song For No One"
"Black & Blue"
"Sans Soleil"
"Cult Logic"
"Plastic Jungle"
"In Search Of"
"Faker"
"The Rabbit"
"Billie Holiday"
"Garden"
"No Starry World"
2007 "It Don't Make Any Difference To Me (Feat. Wyclef Jean)" Kevin Michael Kevin Michael Songwriter
"Philadelphia"
"Stone Cold Killa"
"Vicki Secrets"
"We All Want The Same Thing (Feat. Lupe Fiasco)"
"Can't Get Enuff (Feat. Shorty Da Kid)"
"Ain't Got You"
"Pop! Goes My Heart" Hugh Grant Original Soundtrack for the film Music and Lyrics Producer/Songwriter
"Buddha's Delight" Haley Bennett Songwriter
"Entering Bootytown" Songwriter
"Invincible" Producer/Songwriter
2005 "Shine" Ricky Fante Original Soundtrack for the film Robots Songwriter
2003 "Deep City Diver" The A.M. The A.M. Songwriter
"If I Was The Sheriff"
"Utopia"

Sound Installations[edit]

Year Title Institution Collaborators
2016 Valium Valentine MoMA PS1 Sarah Ortmeyer
2012 Carbon Life Royal Opera House/The Royal Ballet Mark Ronson and Wayne McGregor
2010 Waves The New Museum Sebastian Mlynarski

Discography[edit]

Wyatt performs with Miike Snow in New York City on March 20, 2012
Studio albums (selected)
Sound installations
Ballet Scores

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Initiation: Max G. Morton, Johanna Constantine, Sebastian Mlynarski, and F. Sean Martin". The New Museum. September 9, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ Jones, Neil (October 13, 2003). "The A.M.". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "New band of the day: Miike Snow (No 554)". The Guardian. May 26, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ Chinen, Nate (January 16, 2009). "Sonic Adventures, From a Cappella to Zydeco". The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Madison, Lucy (June 23, 2009). "Putting the I's in Miike Snow". Interview Magazine. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ Goodman, Lizzy (September 25, 2009). "Such Sweet Sorrow". New York. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ Brandon. "Miike Snow: The Band, The Facts, The Music". The Burning Ear. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Miike Snow". Music for Ants. August 5, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Andrew Wyatt". Downtown Music Publishing. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Natalie, Kuchik (October 22, 2009). "Interview: Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow". Examiner. 
  11. ^ O'Donnell, Kevin (January 31, 2011). "Stream Miike Snow's 45-Minute Australian Show". Spin. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ Hart, Kelli (April 18, 2010). "Coachella 2010 Day 3: Miike Snow draws a large crowd to Mojave". The Orange County Register. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ Haynes, Gavin (October 1, 2010). "Album Review: Carl Barat – Carl Barat (Arcady)". NME. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Carl Barât debuts new solo album at Glastonbury headline show". NME. June 25, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  15. ^ Deusner, Stephen (October 14, 2010). "Album Review: Mark Ronson Record Collection". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  16. ^ Baltin, Steve (November 4, 2010). "Mark Ronson Wakes Up Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt". Spinner. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ Thai, David (September 22, 2010). "Mark Ronson and the Business Intl ft Boy George, Rose Elinor Dougall, Andrew Wyatt "Somebody to Love Me"". Speaker Boxxx. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Royal Ballet – "Carbon Life"". 1883 Digital. March 20, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b Roffman, Michael (February 19, 2013). "Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt announces solo debut, listen to new single "And Septimus…"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ Breimann, Kate (February 19, 2013). "Andrew Wyatt Channels Orchestral Side in 'And Septimus...' – Song Premiere". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ "The Making of Descender". Vimeo. April 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  22. ^ Holmes, Kevin (April 2013). "The Making of Descender: Andrew Wyatt on Creativity, Violin Repair Stores, and Discontent Orchestras". Noisey. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Flume Shares Some Minds Feat. Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt: Watch". Billboard. May 29, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 

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