He has frequently collaborated with fellow-Australian Sia Furler. His compositions have featured on her albums, Colour the Small One, Some People Have Real Problems, We Are Born and 1000 Forms of Fear. Dixon co-wrote the single "Clap Your Hands", from We Are Born, which was nominated for Best Single at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards and Song of the Year at the 2011 APRA Music Awards. He has played bass in Sia's live and studio band.
Dixon and Furler co-wrote four songs with Christina Aguilera for her 2010 album Bionic, including the second single, "You Lost Me", with Dixon producing the songs. Dixon produced and co-wrote "Bound to You" which Aguilera performed in the 2010 movie, Burlesque. "Bound to You" was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
His production and writing credits also include KT Tunstall, Paloma Faith, Jack Savoretti, Carly Rae Jepsen, I Blame Coco, Will Young, the Presets (notably on their 2005 song, "Girl and the Sea") and Leona Naess. Dixon co-wrote and produced There There by Megan Washington.
Dixon's primary instrument is the bass guitar. He plays bass for singer Adele and appeared on Adele's Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD/CD, including on the song Set Fire To The Rain which was awarded Best Solo Pop Performance at the Grammy Awards. His playing can also be heard on recordings such as "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae, "Warwick Avenue" by Duffy, Tom Jones' "Spirit in the Room", Ryan Adams' "Ashes & Fire" and "Ludlow Street" by Suzanne Vega. Dixon played bass for Directions in Groove in the 1990s.
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