Tony Platt

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Tony Platt
Birth name Tony Platt
Origin United Kingdom
Occupation(s) Engineer, record producer
Website www.platinumtones.com

Tony Platt is an English sound engineer and record producer, best known for his work with a diverse mix of artists, including , AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, Shy, Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Sparks, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Lillian Axe and Motörhead.[1] Platt has recently completed an album with jazz trio The Bad Plus[2] and UK band Second Person on their second studio releases.[3] He continues further development work with a number of artists, including Roland Perrin, Ana Silvera and Daniel Ward Murphy and 28 Costumes.

History[edit]

Platt's career started at Trident Studios in London and eventually became an engineer at Island Studios. Working his way from assistant engineer on sessions with the likes of Traffic, The Who, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin[4] he started to engineer on sessions with the Free, Sutherland Brothers, Paul McCartney, Jess Roden and Mott the Hoople. He went on to engineer the Catch a Fire and Burnin' albums for Jamaican artist Bob Marley which, it is claimed, would launch reggae music into the mainstream.[5] This association led him to complete "Funky Kingston" for Toots & the Maytals and work with several other notable reggae artists such as ZapPow, Lorna Bennet, Harry J's All Stars, Aswad and The Cimarons.[6]

Island provided Platt with experience working on the numerous orchestral, commercial and pop sessions that came through the studio. After working with the various spin off projects from the recently disbanded Free - Sharks, Toby, Peace and Kossoff, Kirke, Tetsu and Rabbit and for Muff Winwood on the debut Sparks album Kimono My House he left Island and turned freelance.

Having recorded demos for Thin Lizzy and the Stranglers, he became an engineer for Mutt Lange. With Lange he worked on the AC/DC albums Highway to Hell and Back in Black, and the Foreigner album 4. On his own he engineered and produced the work of artists such as Iron Maiden, Krokus, Motörhead, Gary Moore, Cheap Trick, The Cult, and Marillion. He also recorded two albums for Buddy Guy - the Grammy winning Damn Right I've Got the Blues and the follow-up Feels Like Rain. Platt also produced Rough Trade's very first label release, the 7" single Paris Maquis by French band Metal Urbain.

Most recent[edit]

Platt worked on an album with Soweto Kinch, and the recording of Abram Wilson's Jerwood commissioned piece Ride - The Ferris Wheel to the Modern Delta.[7]

He has had close involvement with Soweto and Abram's label, Dune Records, working with Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Juliet Roberts, and Denys Baptiste's Let Freedom Ring which was voted Jazz Critics Record of the Year.[8] Other productions have included Clare Teal's Road Less Traveled album for Candid Records, Don't Talk – her first for Sony Jazz which entered at 19 on the album chart and the debut album Jazz Warrior for New Orleans trumpeter Abram Wilson which was also nominated for the Mercury and MOBO prizes.[9]

Projects completed were another Dune Records album with Jazz Jamaica All Stars featuring Motown Hits, the mixing of an album for jazz pianist Andrew McCormack and an installation piece for the Tower of London with Jason Yarde.[10]

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Discography[edit]

The Zomba years:

Platinum Tones Productions:

  • 1994/5 Flowers for Breakfast "Nervous" Prod/eng CBS
  • 1994/5 Buzztonic "Arcade Babies" Prod/eng Pure
  • 1995 Die Krupps "Odyssey of the Mind" Prod/mix Rough Trade
  • 1995 The Godfathers "Afterlife" Prod/eng Intercord
  • 1995 Bernie Marsden "Green and Blues" Coprod/eng Castle
  • 1995 K's Choice "Paradise in Me"(addl.tracks) Prod/eng CBS
  • 1995 Stabbing Westward "Shame" Remix Columbia
  • 1995 Horsepower "Horsepower" Prod/mixer Antler Subway
  • 1996 Feed Album tracks Prod/eng TBA
  • 1996 Soulwax "Kill Your Darlings" Prod/eng Play It Again Sam
  • 1996 Spine Grinder "Meat Greed" Prod/mixer Antler Subway
  • 1996 Low Pass "Circles In The Square" Prod/mixer BMG
  • 1996 Pop in Wonderland "Sunshine Pilots" Eng/remix BMG
  • 1996 Anathema "Eternity" Prod/eng MFN
  • 1996 Fraser singles Prod/eng TBA
  • 1996 Normahl Normahl Prod/remix BMG
  • 1997 Ten singles Prod/eng RCR
  • 1997 Terra Nova "Break Away" Remix JVC
  • 1997 Mau Mau tracks Prod/eng RCR
  • 1997 Greg Darling "Greg Darling" Prod/mix Monaco
  • 1997/8 Huge Baby "Huge Baby" Prod/mix Alberts Prods.
  • 1998 The Snakes "The Snakes" Mix Castle
  • 1998 Low Pass singles Prod/eng BMG
  • 1998 Lazy Dollies singles Prod/eng Brilliant Records
  • 1998/9 Deadline album Prod/eng Map Management
  • 1999 Low Pass singles Prod/mix BMG
  • 1999 Terra Nova "Make My Day" Prod/mix JVC
  • 1999 Krokus "Round 13" Prod/mix Phonag
  • 1999 Akyra "Future Days" Mix BMG
  • 1999 Streem EP Prod/eng
  • 2000 Larry Johnson Live tracks Mix Lottie Prods.
  • 2000 Micky Moody "I Eat Them For Breakfast" Mix Armadillo
  • 2000 Fubar "Fubar' Prod/eng lesenfantsterribles
  • 2000 Streem singles Prod/eng
  • 2001 Oddfish in development Prod/eng TBA
  • 2001 Jazz Jamaica Allstars Album Eng/Coprod Dune Records
  • 2001 The Relatives Single Mix Spank Records
  • 2001 Last Man Standing Single Prod/Eng Sublime
  • 2002 New Cool Collective Album Mix/Prod Sony
  • 2002 Juliet Roberts Album Eng/Prod Dune Records
  • 2002 Earl Okin Sex Symbol & Musical Genius Prod/Eng Sony Jazz
  • 2003 Soweto Kinch Conversations with The Unseen Eng/CoProd Dune Records
  • 2003 Clare Teal "A Road Less Travelled" Eng/Prod Candid
  • 2003 Denys Baptiste Let Freedom Ring Eng/CoProd Dune Records
  • 2004 Soweto Kinch "Jazz Planet" Eng/CoProd Dune Records
  • 2004 Abram Wilson "Jazz Warrior" Eng/CoProd Dune Records
  • 2004 Clare Teal "Don't Talk" Eng/Prod Sony Records
  • 2004/5 Andrew McCormack Telescope Mix Dune Records
  • 2005 Jason Yarde Breaking Out 5.1 Mix Serious Events
  • 2005 Jazz Jamaica Allstars Motor City Roots Eng/CoProd Dune Records
  • 2005/6 Soweto Kinch A Life In The Day of B19 Eng/CoProd Dune Records
  • 2006 28 Costumes You Excite Me Eng/Prod Spank Records
  • 2006 Daniel Ward Murphy EP Eng/Prod TBA
  • 2006 Abram Wilson RIDE! The Ferris Wheel to The Modern Delta Eng/CoProd Dune Records
  • 2006 Ana Silvera In development Eng/Prod TBA
  • 2006 Roland Perrin Album Eng/CoProd TBA 2006 The Bad Plus Prog Eng/CoProd TBA
  • 2007 Second Person "The Elements" Eng/CoProd Sellaband
  • 2007 Audiobunny | Short Films | Mix | Various
  • 2007 Lola Perrin | Piano Pieces | Mix | Performance
  • 2007 Daniel Ward-Murphy | "Songs From Soho" | Eng/Prod | Demo
  • 2007/8 Alexander Wolfe | "Movement" | Mix | TBA
  • 2008 Ana Silvera | Live Video | Eng/Prod | EPK
  • 2008 Carlos Lopez-Real | "Mandorla" | Mix | TBA
  • 2008 Take Five | "Studio Techniques for the Musician" | Masterclass | Serious Management
  • 2008 Alison Burns/Martin Taylor | "1 AM" | Eng/Prod | P3 Music
  • 2008 Daniel Ward-Murphy | "Until The Morning Light" | Eng/Prod | Sellaband
  • 2008 The Lizards | Album | Mix | Hyperspace Records
  • 2008 Tom Dibb | Tracks | Eng | Insomnia
  • 2008/9/10 Jacqui/John Dankworth | TBA | Eng/Prod | Q Note
  • 2008/9 Ellie Williams | "Unseen" | Eng/Prod | Sellaband
  • 2009 Abram Wilson | "Life Paintings" |Eng/CoProd | Dune Music
  • 2009 The Razzle | "Cajun Bingo" | Prod/Eng | Dank Productions
  • 2009 Take Five | "Studio Techniques for the Musician" | Masterclass | Serious Management
  • 2009 Tomorrow's Warriors | "Rhythmica" | Eng/CoProd | Dune Music
  • 2009/10 Tom Mansi & The Icebreakers | "Perils A Plenty" | Mix | Shock & Awe
  • 2010 Dusso & The Holy Smokes | E.P. | Eng/Prod | TBA
  • 2010 Bergfjord | Singles | Eng/Prod | Self Released
  • 2010 Soweto Kinch | "New Emancipation" | Mix | SK Recordings/Proper
  • 2010 Denys Baptiste | "Identity By Subtraction" | Eng/CoProd | Dune Music
  • 2010 Take Five | "Studio Techniques for the Musician" | Masterclass | Serious Management
  • 2010 These Furrows | TBA | Eng/Prod | Underdogs
  • 2010 Peter Edwards' Trio | E.P. | Prod/Eng | JazzLotion
  • 2011 Love Not Dead | Tracks | Mixing | Artist
  • 2011 Owen Harvey | Tracks | Mixing | Dream Theatre
  • 2011 Take Five | "Studio Techniques for the Musician" | Masterclass | Serious Management
  • 2011 Antonio Forcione/Sabrina Sciubba | "Meet Me In London" | 192/24 Remix | Naim Label
  • 2011 Beats & Pieces Big Band | “Big Ideas” | Prod/Eng | efpi
  • 2011 Dirty Deeds | Video Soundtracks | Mix | DD
  • 2011/12 Kamryn Belle | "Sway" | Prod/Eng | Epicurus
  • 2011/12 State of the Art | Album | Prod/Eng | TBA
  • 2012 Soweto Kinch | “Legend of Mike Smith” | Eng/Prod | SK Productions
  • 2012 Nicole Stokholm | TBA | Mix | Crossover
  • 2012 Soweto Kinch| “The Ring” | Prod/Eng | BFI
  • 2012 Benet Mclean | Album | Mix | Artist
  • 2012/3 Anthony Strong | Stepping Out | Prod/Eng | Naïve
  • 2013 Grace Wilde | "Let Me In" | Prod/Eng | Arklow Records
  • 2013 Various Artists | "J.D. Roots" | Prod/Eng | J.D. Roots
  • 2013 Jimi Laren | E.P. | Prod/Eng | 'Til Dusk
  • 2013 Mathilde & Running Birds | TBA | Prod/Eng | TBA
  • 2013 Peter Edwards Trio | “Safe & Sound” | Prod/Eng | EMP
  • 2013 Benet Mclean | YouTube Video | Mix | TBA
  • 2013 Sven Hammond Soul | “Usual Suspects” | Prod/Eng | VG Music/Rough Trade
  • 2013/14 Grace Wilde | "Bring Me to My Knees"| Prod/Eng | Arklow Records
  • 2014 Various Artists | "J.D. Roots" | Prod/Eng | J.D. Roots
  • 2014 The Calvanists | "King of Lies" | Mix | Calvko
  • 2014 Jett Rebel | " Hits for Kids" | Co-Prod/Eng/Mix | Sony
  • 2014 State of the Art | TBA | Prod/Eng | TBA
  • 2014 Edwin Pope | Single | Prod/Eng | TBA
  • 2014/15 Jett Rebel | Live Recording | Co-Prod/Eng/Mix | Sony
  • 2015 Naima | Bye | Mix | Cuneiform Records
  • 2015 Peter Edwards Trio | “A Matter Of Instinct” | Prod/Eng | PET
  • 2015/16 Bells of Youth | “Dreamers” | Prod/Eng | V2 Records
  • 2016 Benet Mclean | “The Bopped And The Bopless”| Prod/Mix | 33Xtreme
  • 2016 Asaf Avidan | Tracks | Prod/Eng | TBA
  • 2016 Soweto Kinch – in production

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Record Production.com". RecordProduction.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  2. ^ "The Bad Plus Official website". thebadplus.net. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Second Person website". Secondperson.net. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  4. ^ "Official Tony Platt Website". PlatinumTones.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Tony Platt - record producer and recording engineer talks about recording Back in Black with AC/DC". Recordproduction.com. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Official Tony Platt Website". PlatinumTones.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  7. ^ "Official Tony Platt Website". PlatinumTones.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  8. ^ "Official Denys Baptiste Website". denysbaptiste.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  9. ^ "Official Abram Wilson Website". abramwilson.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  10. ^ "Official Tony Platt Website". PlatinumTones.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 

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