John Fryer (producer)

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John Fryer
Born1958 (age 64–65)
London, England
Years active1980s – present

John Fryer (born 1958) is an English record producer. Best known for his production work, he has also performed as a musician, as one of the two constant members of This Mortal Coil (along with Ivo Watts-Russell), providing keyboards, strings and synthesizer sequencing for the band, and its offshoot, The Hope Blister.


Fryer started out at Blackwing Studios in south London, working with bands on the 4AD, Mute, Rough Trade and Beggars Banquet record labels, including Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget and Cocteau Twins. His work with the Cocteau Twins, helping to develop their ethereal and ambient sound, led Watts-Russell to recruit Fryer as his musical and producing partner for This Mortal Coil.

Fryer is also known for his production work in the industrial rock genre, working with Nine Inch Nails, Stabbing Westward and Gravity Kills. He worked with the Italian band Dope Stars Inc on their debut album, Neuromance.[1] He also produced, engineered and mixed The Schools Espionage, which was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannsprisen, the rock category), and mixed the US breakthrough album for Jesus Jones, Doubt. More recently, Fryer has also started his own label, Something To Listen To.

In early 2010, Fryer began collaborating with Stripmall Architecture vocalist Rebecca Coseboom under the name Dark Drive Clinic.[2] The pair released their debut album, Noise in My Head, in October 2011.

In 2013 Fryer formed the band Silver Ghost Shimmer with Pinky Turzo, and their debut album Soft Landing was released on 1 May 2015. In 2014 Fryer started collaborating with Louise Fraser in the band Muricidae, which released two EPs in 2015, "Tales From A silent Ocean" and "Tears Are Stronger Than Waves". In 2016 Fryer launched a music project named Black Needle Noise, collaborating with a vocalists from many genres of popular music, including Jarboe (Swans), Ledfoot, Elena Alice Fossi of Kirlian Camera, Betsy Martin of Caterwaul, Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Delerium), Mimi Page, Jennie Vee, Sivert Høyem and Beca.

In February 2018, the single "I Am You" was released by No Devotion Records on a limited edition 7" vinyl, including remixes by The Blue Hour and Dave Parley from the band Prayers. It also has vocals from Bill Leeb and Tara Busch.



You Know The Way / Get Out 2019


  • Noise In My Head (2011) — as DarkDriveClinic
  • Noise In My Head reMix Album Part 1 (2012) — as DarkDriveClinic

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  1. ^ DeathWish (19 May 2008). "Interview with Dope Stars Inc". Vampire Freaks. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  2. ^ (20 July 2010). "John Fryer launches new project DarkDriveClinic". Side-Line. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  3. ^ "John Fryer | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Esoterica Signs With Bieler Bros. Records". 11 May 2007.

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