Geoff Barrow mixing at State of Art Studio, Bristol
|Born||9 December 1971|
|Origin||Walton in Gordano, Somerset, England, UK|
|Instruments||Scratching, drums, percussion, rhodes piano, programmer, synthesizer, hammond organ, sampler, bass guitar, kazoo|
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."
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 hiphop 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.
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- "Stones Throw Records".
- Bullet Film: Exit Through the Gift Shop
- "Announcing: Quakers". Stones Throw Records. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
- Geoff Barrow on Twitter
- Invada Records
- Geoff Barrow on MySpace (as noted in the Portishead's MySpace blog)
- Beak on MySpace
- Interview with 3news.co.nz