Grades (producer)

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OriginCroydon, England
Years active2013 (2013)-present

Grades (born Daniel Traynor) is an English producer, songwriter and DJ based in London. His music encompasses elements of R&B, Hip Hop, 2step, House and Electronic.


As an artist/DJ, Grades’ first original track "Freedom" was released in April 2014 and was featured by Annie Mac in her Free Music Mondays download series. He followed the release of "Freedom" with a remix of Lana Del Rey’s "West Coast" which reached number 3 at Hype Machine. Grades’ second single "Owe It To Yourself" was premiered in June by Mixmag who compared him to artists such as Bondax and Kaytranada. Grades went on to remix Hot Natured, Ellie Goulding, Labrinth, Becky Hill, Lianne La Havas & many more.

Later in the year, Grades co-wrote & produced Bastille’s single "Torn Apart" which featured on the "Vs. (Other People’s Heartache pt. III)" project. His third single "Crocodile Tears", featuring vocals from songwriter Caroline Ailin, was premiered by Vice’s music channel Noisey.

Grades has received radio play from Zane Lowe, Pete Tong, MistaJam, Nick Grimshaw, Huw Stephens and Annie Mac at BBC Radio 1, and had his own KISS FM radio show from 2016-17.

Within 2016, he began working with NAO on her debut studio album For All We Know (including "Bad Blood", "Fool To Love" & "Girlfriend") produced and featured on Sinead Harnett's "If You Let Me", and co-wrote a song ft. Mr Hudson on DJ Snake's number 1 Billboard album Encore. He produced Julian Peretta's "I Cry" which was #3 most played song on French radio during 2016.

Grades went on to work on tracks for H.E.R, Tinie Tempah, Tinashe, Aanysa, Snakehips as well as Dua Lipa & Khalid on their multi-platinum albums.

Grades was nominated for a Grammy in 2017 for his work on the Khalid album American Teen, alongside producer Scribz Riley.



as lead artist[edit]

  • "I Wanna Be Down" (2014) (vs. Brandy)
  • "Rock The Boat" (2014) (vs. Aaliyah)
  • "Torn Apart" (2014) (vs. Bastille)
  • "Freedom" (2014)
  • "Owe It To Yourself" (2014)
  • "Crocodile Tears" (2014)
  • "King" (2015)

as featured artist[edit]

Songwriting & Production Credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Screw You"
(featuring Wretch 32)
2012 Cheryl A Million Lights Co-writer Meghan Thomaston, Kingsley Brown, Jermaine Scott -
"Good Together" 2014 Tom Aspaul Revelation Co-writer/Producer Tom Aspaul -
"Wolves (Intro)" Tom Aspaul -
"Revelation" Tom Aspaul -
"Those Girls" 2015 Karen Harding Non-album single Karen Harding, Tom Aspaul -
"Do It Well"
(featuring Tom Aspaul)
XYConstant Non-album single Alfie Coleman, Tom Aspaul XYConstant, Mark Ralph
"Working Girl" Little Boots Working Girl Victoria Hesketh, Tom Aspaul -
"Inhale Exhale" NAO For All We Know neo Jessica Joshua NAO
"Bad Blood" Neo Jessica Joshua NAO
"Fool to Love" 2016 Neo Jessica Joshua NAO
"Talk" Tiffany I Just Wanna Dance EP Caroline Ailin, Nicola Roberts -
"Girlfriend" NAO For All We Know Producer - NAO, ST!NT
"Adore You"
(featuring Abhi//Dijon)
Additional producer - NAO, LOXE
"Happy" Producer - NAO, Christian Gregory, Miles James
"We Don't Give A" Co-writer/Producer Neo Jessica Joshua, John Calvert John Calvert
"Give Me A Little" Producer - NAO, LOXE
"If You Let Me"
(featuring GRADES)
Sinéad Harnett Sinéad Harnett EP Featured artist/Co-writer/Producer Sinead Harnett -
"I Cry" Julian Perretta Karma Co-writer/Producer Julian Perretta -
"Wait For You" Fantasia The Definition Of... Sasha Keable, Scott Hoffman, Vanya Taylor -
"Here Comes the Night"
(featuring Mr Hudson)
DJ Snake Encore William Grigachine, Benjamin Hudson McIldowie DJ Snake
"It Was My Party Last Night" GIRLI Non-album single Milly Toomey -
"Never Complaining" Tom Aspaul Left EP Co-writer Tom Aspaul -
"Burn Break Crash"
(with Snakehips)
Aanysa Non-album single Co-writer/Producer Caroline Ailin, Tom Aspaul Snakehips
"Text from Your Ex"
(featuring Tinashe)
2017 Tinie Tempah Youth Patrick Okugwu, Ina Wroldsen, Timucin Aluo Jax Jones
"Lies In The Dark" Tove Lo Fifty Shades Darker OST Tove Nilsson, Mike "Scribz" Riley Jason Gill, Mike "Scribz" Riley
"Cover Up" Taeyeon My Voice Caroline Ailin, Realmeee -
"No Goodbyes" Dua Lipa Dua Lipa Co-writer/Co-producer Dua Lipa, Lindy Robbins, Ilsey Juber KOZ
"Still Miss You" Sinead Harnett Chapter One Producer - -
"Lights On" H.E.R. H.E.R. Co-writer/Producer Gabriella Wilson, Mike "Scribz" Riley, Talay Riley H.E.R., Mike "Scribz" Riley
"Winter" Khalid American Teen Producer - Mike "Scribz" Riley
(featuring DJ Khaled)
Toby Randall One EP Co-writer/Producer Helen Culver, John Mitchell Carmen Reece, Anais Aida
"One Shot Two Shot" BoA One Shot Two shot Mini album Caroline Ailin
"New Religion" 2018 Maad TBA Maad Moiselle, Kate Stewart, Chiara Hunter, Ashley Milton, Daniel Goudie -
"Bad Vibe" M.O Ft. Lotto Boyz & Mr Eazi Scott Hoffman, Oladayo Olatunji, Oluwatosin Ajibade Lorna Blackwood
"Body" Sinead Harnett Sinead Harnett -
"Brake Lights"
(featuring Nao)
Cosha R.I.P. Bonzai Co-writer Cassia "Cosha" O'Reilly, Alexander Crossan, Francis White, Neo Jessica Joshua -
"U Better" Co-writer/Producer Cassia "Cosha" O'Reilly Mura Masa
"This Life" Cassia "Cosha" O'Reilly Mura Masa
"Another Lifetime" NAO Saturn Neo Jessica Joshua, Ajay Bhattacharya NAO, ST!NT
"Name on It"
(featuring Burna Boy)
Four of Diamonds Non-album single Tre Jean-Marie, Oladay Olatunji, Damini Ogulu Tre Jean-Marie, Dyo
"Karma" Years & Years Palo Santo Olly Alexander, Sarah Hudson, Clarence Coffee Jr. Clarence Coffee Jr.
"Time in a Tree" Raleigh Ritchie TBA Producer - -
"Make It Out Alive"
(featuring SiR)
NAO Saturn Co-writer/Producer Neo Jessica Joshua, Clarence Coffee Jr., Sir Darryl Farris NAO
"Drive and Disconnect" Neo Jessica Joshua, Ajay Battacharya, Jeff Gitelman, Sarah Aarons NAO, ST!NT
"Curiosity" Neo Jessica Joshua, Alexandra Yatchenko, Henry Allen, Yvette "Naala" Riby-Williams NAO, LOXE, King Henry
"Wondering" M.O Ft. Chip Non-album single Ali Ahmed, Jahmaal Fyfe, Oladayo Olatunji -
"If You Ever" NAO Saturn Vocal producer - NAO, Mura Masa
"When Saturn Returns (Interlude)" Producer - NAO
(featuring Kwabs)
Co-writer/Producer Neo Jessica Joshua, Rowan Perkins, Daniel Caesar NAO, LOXE
"Gabriel" Neo Jessica Joshua, Joseph Price, James Luke Wood NAO, Royce Wood Junior
"Orbit" Neo Jessica Joshua, James Ryan Ho NAO
"Love Supreme" Neo Jessica Joshua, James Luke Wood, Rowan Perkins NAO, LOXE
"Don't Change" Neo Jessica Joshua, Ajay Battacharya NAO, ST!NT
"Yellow of the Sun" Neo Jessica Joshua, Joel Little NAO, Joel Little



  1. ^ a b "We'Ve Got The Brand New Track From Grades | Magazine". 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  2. ^ "Listen: Grades - "Crocodile Tears"". 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  3. ^ a b Archived from the original on December 26, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "G R A D E S: Freedom". Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  5. ^ "Hear Lana Del Rey sing alternate 'West Coast' lyrics | Dazed". 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  6. ^ "Eton Messy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-03. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  7. ^ "Bastille announce new mixtape with Haim, MNEK, Angel Haze, unveil track 'Torn Apart' feat. Grades and Lizzo / DIY". 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  8. ^ "Premiere: Grades - "Crocodile Tears" | NOISEY". 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2015-07-02.

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