James Ford (musician)

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James Ford
Melt Festival 2013 - Simian Mobile Disco-3.jpg
James Ford (left) with Simian Mobile Disco during Melt! Festival 2013
Background information
Born Leek, Staffordshire, England
Genres Electropop, indie rock, dance, indie pop
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, musician, Remixer
Instruments Drums, percussion, keyboards, bass guitar, guitar
Years active 2000–Present
Associated acts Simian Mobile Disco
Arctic Monkeys
Mystery Jets
The Last Shadow Puppets
Test Icicles
Mumford & Sons
Alexandra Savior
Depeche Mode

James Ford is an English musical composer, record producer and musician. Known for being a member Simian Mobile Disco and production work with the Arctic Monkeys and Klaxons.


Ford went to Manchester University, along with other members of Simian.[1].

Ford was a founding member of the group Simian and later a member the spin-off duo Simian Mobile Disco.[1]

He produced the Mercury Prize–winning album, Klaxons' Myths of the Near Future in 2007.[2] He also played drums on the album.[citation needed] Also, in that year he produced the Arctic Monkeys second album. He has done at least part of the production on each of the bands subsequent albums.[2] He plays guitar on Arctic Monkeys "Only Ones Who Know".[citation needed]

In 2008, he formed The Last Shadow Puppets with Miles Kane and Alex Turner, as both drummer and producer. Their debut album, "The Age of the Understatement", earned the group a Mercury Prize nomination and also charted at No. 1 in the UK.[2] Their second album, "Everything You've Come to Expect", was released in 2016. Ford once again produced, also playing drums, percussion and keys. The record earned the group their second UK No. 1.

Ford produced and played keys on Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, "AM", released in 2013. His work on the album gained him a further Mercury Prize nomination.[citation needed]

Ford has produced the 14th Depeche Mode album "Spirit" released on 17th March 2017.





  1. ^ a b c d Chadbourne, Eugene. "James Ford". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Doyle, Tom. "James Ford: Producing Arctic Monkeys". Sound On Sound. Retrieved 29 June 2015.