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|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, indie folk, art rock, hip hop, electronica|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, songwriter, musician, remixer, engineer|
|Associated acts||Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons, Björk, The Maccabees, Angel Haze, Brian Eno.|
Markus Dravs is a British music producer, songwriter, programmer, engineer and mixer. His credits include Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Björk, Brian Eno, Sheep on Drugs, Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine, The Maccabees and Kings of Leon.
He has won three Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and three Brit Awards for his production work. At the 53rd Grammy Awards he won Album of the Year for Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. At the 55th Grammy Awards, he won the Album of the Year for Mumford & Sons Babel. In 2009 at the 51st Grammy Awards, Dravs won Best Rock Album for Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.
After hearing Brian Eno's collaboration with David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, he decided to get into engineering. He started out at Westside/Hookend Manor and learnt his initial skills from the then owners, Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, before moving to Metropolis, where he assisted under Gary Langan, before working under Brian Eno for the next few years. He went on to get his first co-production credit on Eno's album Nerve Net in 1992 and they subsequently worked together on productions, including 12" remixes for Depeche Mode, The Grid, and 808 State.
He worked with Coldplay on their 2008 album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, and their 2011 album Mylo Xyloto. According to Markus: "Chris Martin called me and told me he had a conversation with Win Butler, who suggested, He'll kick you into shape, which was poetic for "He will do his utmost in helping you to develop your artistic horizon".
In 2011 Dravs received acclaim for producing Mumford & Sons' debut album, Sigh No More, and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. Sigh No More won Best British Album, and The Suburbs won Best International Album, at the 2011 BRIT Awards. The Suburbs also won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
In conjunction with Kobalt Music Group, Dravs has started up a publishing and production company called Casa-D. According to Markus "The idea behind Casa-D Productions is to form a creative hub, from which I can collaborate with other musicians, top line writers and lyricists to write and/or produce new songs both for other artists and for release ourselves via Casa-D." Dravs produced the third album from Florence + the Machine, entitled How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, released on 1 June 2015. He has also co-written two tracks on the album, "Queen of Peace" and "Various Storms & Saints".
Dravs produced Kings of Leon's Walls album released in October 2016, which went on to be the band's first joint UK and US number-one record.
Arcade Fire's Everything Now was released in June 2017 and featured tracks co-produced by Dravs.
Dravs co-produced the track "Baby Mine" by Arcade Fire from Tim Burton's Dumbo released in March 2019.
Awards and nominations
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2009||"Viva la Vida"||Record of the Year||Nominated|
|Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends||Best Rock Album||Won|
|Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||"The Cave"||Record of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||Babel||Album of the Year||Won|
|Mylo Xyloto||Best Rock Album||Nominated|
|Himself||Producer of the Year, Non-Classical||Nominated|