Barrow mixing at State of Art Studio, Bristol
|Birth name||Geoffrey Paul Barrow|
|Born||9 December 1971|
|Origin||Walton in Gordano, Somerset, England|
|Instruments||Turntables, samples, keyboards, drums|
Geoffrey Paul Barrow (born 9 December 1971) is an English music producer, composer, disc jockey, and is the instrumentalist for the band Portishead. Barrow is also a member of the band Beak and hip-hop supergroup Quakers, in addition to his work as a film score composer.
Portishead—formed in 1991—was named after the small town near Bristol where Barrow grew up. On his intentions in forming Portishead, he has stated, "I just wanted to make interesting music, proper songs with a proper life span and a decent place in people's record collections."
Life and career
Born in Walton in Gordano, Somerset, Geoff and his mother moved to the town Portishead when he was eleven, after his parents divorced. After being involved in many local rock bands, playing drums and DJ'ing in hip hop groups, Barrow got his first job at the Coach House Studios as a tape operator soon after it opened in 1989. In 1991, while he was assisting on Massive Attack's breakthrough album Blue Lines, the band allowed him spare studio time to get his own ideas on tape. A few years later, when the Portishead project had been assembled, the group came back to record "Sour Times" in that same studio. At the dawn of the '90s, Barrow was making a name for himself as a remixer, working with such artists as Primal Scream, Paul Weller, Gabrielle and Depeche Mode. In addition, Barrow had produced a track for Tricky and written songs for Neneh Cherry.
In 2003, Barrow set up Invada UK, a more experimental music label with partner Fat Paul, signing bands such as Gonga, Team Brick, Atavist, Joe Volk, malakai and Crippled Black Phoenix. As "Fuzzface", Barrow co-produced and co-wrote Stephanie McKay's 2003 debut album, "McKay", featuring songs co-penned by Tim Saul and Carl Hancock Rux. He has also remixed songs for both Gravediggaz and The Pharcyde.
In 2010, Barrow met a political journalist who shared the same musical vision and a week later she, Barrow, Fuller and Williams begin recording material. After twelve days, using one room, no overdubs or repair, and only edits to create arrangements, they produced Anika's self-titled debut album Anika, and its lead single "Yang Yang", released 17 November 2009 on Barrows' Invada and on Stones Throw Records in USA & Japan.
In early 2012, Barrow's new hip hop project Quakers was announced to be releasing an album on Stones Throw Records. He also formed the musical project Drokk with TV composer Ben Salisbury and released the album Drokk: Music inspired by Mega-City One from the movie Dredd.
On 2 July 2012, Barrow, Billy Fuller and Matt Williams released their second Beak album on Invada Records.
Barrow provided scratching on a couple of songs on Earthling's 1995 album, Radar. Additionally, Barrow provided a remix of Run the Jewels' track "Close Your Eyes and Count to Fuck" (featuring Zach de la Rocha) for the album Meow the Jewels.
Production and guest appearances
|1992||Homebrew||Neneh Cherry||Co-writer and co-producer of "Somedays"|
|1994||Dummy||Portishead||As band member; co-producer, composer, drums, keyboards, string arrangements, programming|
|1997||Portishead||Portishead||As band member; co-producer, composer, drums, turntables, programming, sampling|
|1998||Roseland NYC Live||Portishead||As band member; co-producer, composer, drums, turntables, musical director|
|1999||Reload||Tom Jones||Producer "Motherless Child" (as Portishead)|
|2002||Len Parrot's Memorial Lift||Baxter Dury||Co-producer and drums|
|2005||The Invisible Invasion||The Coral||Co-producer and mixing with Adrian Utley|
|2007||A Love of Shared Disasters||Crippled Black Phoenix||Producer|
|2008||Third||Portishead||As band member; co-producer, composer, drums, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, percussion, programming|
|2009||Ugly Side of Love||Malachai||Executive producer|
|Primary Colours||The Horrors||Co-producer, mixing, engineering|
|BEAK>||Beak>||Co-producer, composer, instrumentation|
|2012||Drokk: Music inspired by Mega-City One||Himself & Ben Salisbury||Co-producer, composer, instrumentation|
|>>||Beak>||Co-producer, composer, instrumentation|
|2015||Ex Machina (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Himself & Ben Salisbury||Co-producer, composer, instrumentation|
|Meow the Jewels||Run the Jewels||Remixing of "Close Your Eyes and Meow to Fluff"|
|Split||Beak> & <Kaeb||Extended play; co-producer, composer, instrumentation|
|2016||Couple in a Hole (Original Soundtrack)||Beak>||Co-producer, composer, instrumentation|
|Black Mirror: Men Against Fire (Original Score)||Himself & Ben Salisbury||Co-producer, composer, instrumentation|
|2017||Everything Now||Arcade Fire||Additional production, synthesizer on "Creature Comfort"|
|Free Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Himself & Ben Salisbury||Co-producer, composer, instrumentation|
|2018||Annihilation (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Himself & Ben Salisbury||Co-producer, composer, instrumentation|
Composed With Ben Salisbury
First Collaboration, Album Label At Back Lot Music
Composed With Ben Salisbury
Second Collaboration, Album Label At Lakeshore Records
Composed With Ben Salisbury
Third Collaboration, Album Label At Lakeshore Records
Composed with Ben Salisbury
Fourth collaboration, Album Label At Lakeshore Records / Invada Records
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- "Stones Throw Records".
- Bullet Film: Exit Through the Gift Shop
- "Announcing: Quakers". Stones Throw Records. Retrieved 2012-02-20.