Mike Hedges

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Mike Hedges is a British audio producer/engineer. Starting his career as a freelance engineer and producer in 1981, Hedges helped to craft the sounds of The Cure, Bauhaus and Siouxsie and the Banshees from his own facility in Camden, the Playground.

Since then, Hedges has worked with an eclectic roster of artists ranging from rock and pop acts such as U2, Dido, Manic Street Preachers, Travis, Texas, The Beautiful South and Everything but the Girl, to cult-indie band The Cooper Temple Clause and classically orientated projects, The Priests and Sarah Brightman.

Hedges' first major collaboration was with The Cure, and resulted in their debut single "Killing an Arab". Hedges opened his own facility, the Playground, designed by acoustician Andy Munro, in nearby Camden Town where he continued to work with The Cure as well as with the Associates and Siouxsie and the Banshees.


Hedges started as a tape-op at Morgan Studios in London in the late 1970s. Having graduated to engineer, he went freelance in 1981 and became an engineer/producer.

His subsequent credits have included Siouxsie and the Banshees, U2, Dido, The Undertones, Manic Street Preachers, Travis, Texas, The Beautiful South, and The Priests.[1] He produced Manic Street Preachers' Everything Must Go, which was voted best album of 1996 by Q, Vox, Select and Music Week, and won the BRIT Award for Album Of The Year.[2]

In 1990, Hedges opened his own recording studio, Chateau de la Rouge Motte, in Normandy, France. The studio is equipped with a 16 channel EMI TG12345 Mark IV mixing desk which was originally installed in Abbey Road Studios, and had been used to record The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.[3]

Hedges has worked as part of the musical team for the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Between 1996 and 2000, Hedges' work was continuously nominated for the Grammy Awards for four successive years, something no other British producer has achieved.[citation needed]



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  3. ^ Tingen, Paul (10 April 2011). "Mike Hedges: That's what I call a home studio". Manics.rawkstar.net. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ "CLASSIC TRACKS: The Cure 'A Forest'". SoundOnSound. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  5. ^ Strange, Steve (2002). Blitzed! The Autobiography of Steve Strange. London: Orion Publishing Group. p. 118. ISBN 0-75284-936-0.
  6. ^ Dan LeRoy. "Strange Cruise - Strange Cruise : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 August 2014.

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