Lanois playing steel guitar
September 19, 1951
Hull, Quebec, Canada
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
Musician, songwriter, producer
pedal steel, drums
Warner Bros., ANTI-, Red Floor, MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
Bob Dylan, U2, Raffi, Malcolm Burn, Brian Eno, Aaron Neville, Daryl Johnson, Black Dub, Trixie Whitley
Daniel Lanois ( ; lan- WAH born September 19, 1951 in [1 ] Hull, Quebec) is a Canadian record producer, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter.
Lanois has released several albums of his own work. However, he is best known for producing albums for a wide variety of artists, including
Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Brandon Flowers. Lanois also collaborated with Brian Eno: most famously on producing several albums for U2, including the multi-platinum . Three albums produced or co-produced by Lanois have won the The Joshua Tree Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Four other albums received Grammy nominations.
Lanois wrote and performed the music for
Billy Bob Thornton's 1995 film, Sling Blade.
Early career [ edit ]
Lanois started his production career when he was 17,
working in his own studio with his brother [2 ] Bob Lanois in the basement of their mother's Ancaster, Ontario home, recording local artists including Simply Saucer. Later, Daniel started Grant Avenue Studios in an old house he purchased in Hamilton, Ontario. He worked with a number of local bands, including [3 ] Martha and the Muffins (for whom his sister Jocelyne played bass), Ray Materick, as well as the Canadian children's singer Raffi.
Producer [ edit ]
Lanois worked collaboratively with
Brian Eno on some of Eno's own projects, one of which was the theme song for David Lynch's film adaptation of Frank Herbert's . Eno invited him to co-produce U2's album Dune . Along with Eno, he went on to produce U2's The Unforgettable Fire The Joshua Tree, the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and some of the band's other works including and Achtung Baby , both of which were nominated for the same award but did not win. Lanois once again collaborated with U2 and Brian Eno on the band's 2009 album, All That You Can't Leave Behind . He was involved in the songwriting process as well as mixing and production. No Line on the Horizon [4 ]
Lanois' early work with U2 led to him being hired to produce albums for other top-selling artists.
Bono recommended Lanois to Bob Dylan in the late 1980s; in 1989 Lanois produced Dylan's . Eight years later Dylan and Lanois worked together on Oh Mercy which won another Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1997. In his autobiographical Time Out of Mind , Dylan describes in depth the contentious but rewarding working relationship he developed with Lanois. Chronicles, Vol. 1 [5 ]
Lanois spent most of 1985 producing
, So Peter Gabriel's Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling album, released in 1986. Lanois also co-produced Gabriel's platinum selling follow-up, Us.
, his 1995 collaboration with Wrecking Ball Emmylou Harris, won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. In 1998, he produced and appeared on Willie Nelson's album Teatro.
Lanois was working on
Neil Young's record in June 2010 when he was hospitalized after suffering multiple injuries in a motorcycle crash in the Le Noise Silverlake area of Los Angeles. He has since recovered. [6 ] [7 ]
Lanois' production is recognizable and notable for its 'big' and 'live' drum sound, atmospheric guitars and ambient reverb.
[8 ] Rolling Stone called Lanois the "most important record producer to emerge in the Eighties." [9 ]
Recording artist [ edit ]
Daniel Lanois plays with Black Dub in 2011
As well as being a producer, Lanois is also a songwriter, musician and recording artist. He has released several solo albums and film scores. A number of Lanois' songs have been covered by other artists, including
Dave Matthews, Jerry Garcia Band, Willie Nelson, Tea Party, Anna Beljin, Isabelle Boulay and Emmylou Harris, and his albums have had some success, particularly in Canada. Lanois plays the guitar, pedal steel, and drums. " Belladonna", an instrumental album released in 2005, was nominated for a Grammy. Lanois also provided an instrumental score for [10 ] LOUDquietLOUD, a documentary about the Pixies. [11 ]
Lanois premiered a documentary entitled
Here Is What Is at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007. The film chronicles the recording of his album of the same name, and includes footage of the actual recording. The album was released, first by download, then in compact disc, in late 2007 and early 2008. Soon after, Lanois released a three-disc recording called Here Is What Is Omni.
In October 2009, Lanois started a project called Black Dub which features Lanois on guitar,
Brian Blade on drums, and Daryl Johnson on bass, along with multi-instrumentalist/singer Trixie Whitley. They released a self-titled album in 2010. [12 ]
In 2014, Lanois played with
Emmylou Harris as a sideman and opening act on a tour focused on the Wrecking Ball material he produced. [13 ]
Solo career [ edit ]
Flesh and Machine [ edit ]
On October 28, 2014 Lanois released an album, entitled
Flesh and Machine, with ANTI- Records. The fully instrumental album consists primarily of original atmospheric and process-based sounds, though also reminiscent of his 1980's collaborations with Brian Eno, On Land and Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks. Throughout the album Lanois blends together the distinct sounds of his pedal steel guitar and a variety of digital and analog sound processing devices, along with the accompaniment of drummer [14 ] Brian Blade, noted most prominently on the second track "The End" with a loose style of arrhythmic, free improvisation. [15 ]
In 2005, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
In June 2013, he received a lifetime achievement award at the [16 ] Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. [17 ]
Current work [ edit ]
After his October 2014 release of Flesh and the Machine with ANTI- Records, Lanois has been touring extensively, often bringing renowned lap steel player Lloyd Leonard with him.
Discography [ edit ]
Videography [ edit ]
Production credits [ edit ]
Demo – Simply Saucer, 1974 (not released commercially until 1989, on the album ) Cyborgs Revisited
Blues and Sentimental – Jackie Washington, 1976 (As "Dan Lanois")
- Hobo's Taunt Willie P. Bennett, 1977 (Engineered, as "Dan Lanois", with Bob Lanois)
– More Singable Songs Raffi, 1977 (Recording credit as "Dan Lanois")
Can't Wait For Summer – Ron Neilson, 1978
– Choice Cuts Crackers, 1978 (As "Dan Lanois")
Desperate Cosmetics – Scott Merritt, 1979
Millionaires, 1980 EP (As "Danny Lanois") (included two members of Teenage Head)
– This is the Ice Age Martha and the Muffins, 1981
Dream Away – Bernie LaBarge, 1981
Mama Quilla, KKK, Angry Young Woman – 3-song 12" Album- 1982, Mama Quilla II
Dance After Curfew – Nash the Slash, 1982
– Danseparc Martha and the Muffins, 1982
Ambient 4/ – On Land Brian Eno, 1982
Parachute Club – Parachute Club, 1983
– Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks Brian Eno, 1983
– The Pearl Harold Budd and Brian Eno, 1984
– Mystery Walk M + M, 1984
– The Unforgettable Fire U2, 1984
Secrets and Sins – Luba, 1984
– Thursday Afternoon Brian Eno, 1985
Hybrid – Michael Brook, 1985
– Birdy Peter Gabriel, 1985
Voices – Roger Eno, 1985
– Power Spot Jon Hassell, 1986
– So Peter Gabriel, 1986
– The Joshua Tree U2, 1987
– Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson, 1987
– Daniel Lanois, 1989 Acadie
– Oh Mercy Bob Dylan, 1989
– Yellow Moon Neville Brothers, 1989
– Home Hothouse Flowers, 1990
– Achtung Baby U2, 1991
Flash of the Spirit – Jon Hassell and Farafina, 1992
– Us Peter Gabriel, 1992
– movie soundtrack, 1992 The Last of the Mohicans
– Daniel Lanois, 1993 For the Beauty of Wynona
– Ron Sexsmith Ron Sexsmith, 1994
– Wrecking Ball Emmylou Harris, 1995
Night to Night – Geoffrey Oryema, 1996
– Fever In Fever Out Luscious Jackson, 1996
– Time Out of Mind Bob Dylan, 1997
– Brian Blade Fellowship Brian Blade, 1998
– 12 Bar Blues Scott Weiland, 1998
– Teatro Willie Nelson, 1998
– movie soundtrack, 2000 The Million Dollar Hotel
– All That You Can't Leave Behind U2, 2000
- La Belle Vista Harold Budd, 2003 (secretly recorded in Lanois Los Angeles living room)
– How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb U2, 2004 (track "Love and Peace or Else")
– Dusk & Summer Dashboard Confessional, 2006 (also produced by Don Gilmore)
– movie soundtrack, 2006 loudQUIETloud, A film about the pixies
Back Where You Belong – Sinéad O'Connor, 2007.
Let It Go - Mother Superior, 2007.
Snake Road – Bob Lanois, 2006.
– No Line on the Horizon U2, 2009 (plus songwriting credits). "
Mind Games" & " Night Nurse" – Sinéad O'Connor, 2009.
– Mercy Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, 2009.
– Flamingo Brandon Flowers, 2010.
– Le Noise Neil Young, 2010.
- Honest Mistake Jim Wilson, 2012.
– Battle Born The Killers, 2012 (co-writer on tracks "The Way It Was", "Heart of a Girl", and "Be Still").
- Rocco Deluca Rocco Deluca, 2014.
See also [ edit ]
Citations [ edit ]
^ "NLS Other Writings: Say How? A Pronunciation Guide to Names of Public Figures". Library of Congress. December 17, 2008 . Retrieved . 2009-07-24
^ " Lanois, Daniel". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2011-29-06.
^ "Grant Avenue Studios/ Daniel Lanois" . Retrieved . 2007-01-24
^ "No Line on the Horizon". U2.com . Retrieved . 2009-02-27
^ Dylan, Bob (2004). Chronicles, Vol. 1. Simon & Schuster. pp. 176ff.
^ Daniel Lanois injured in motorcycle crash Archived June 10, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
^ Sterdan, Daniel. "Lanois, Daniel: Lanois back in action after crash". Canoe Inc.
^ "Electronic Musician Feature". Emusician.com. October 13, 2011 . Retrieved . 2012-02-11
^ "Candadaswalkoffame.com". Canadaswalkoffame.com. September 19, 1951 . Retrieved . 2012-02-11
^ "NYtimes.com". NYtimes.com. December 8, 2005 . Retrieved . 2012-02-11
^ Lee, Nathan (September 29, 2006). "New York Times". Movies.nytimes.com . Retrieved . 2012-02-11
^ Regina Leader-Post
^ Doole, Kerry (April 15, 2014). "Emmylou Harris/Daniel Lanois – Concert Review". Exclaim Magazine . Retrieved . May 2, 2014
^ "First Listen: Daniel Lanois, Flesh and Machine". NPR. 2014-10-19 . Retrieved . 2014-11-28
^ "Albums from Jerry Lee Lewis and Daniel Lanois". New York Times. 2014-10-27 . Retrieved . 2014-11-28
^ "Canadaswalkoffame.com". Canadaswalkoffame.com. September 19, 1951 . Retrieved . 2012-02-11
^ "NFB shorts: Stories Sarah Tells, Canadian Famous and Daniel Lanois". . June 10, 2013 Toronto Star . Retrieved . June 13, 2013
^ "Daniellanois.com". Daniellanois.com . Retrieved . 2012-02-11
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Smooth"* by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas
engineered/mixed by David Thoener, produced by Matt Serletic (2000) "
Beautiful Day"* by U2 ( Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.)
engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite; produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois (2001)
Walk On" by U2 ( Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.)
engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite; produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois (2002) "
Don't Know Why"* by Norah Jones
engineered/mixed by Jay Newland; produced by Arif Mardin, Jay Newland & Norah Jones (2003)
Clocks" by Coldplay ( Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin)
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Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles and Norah Jones
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