Warne Livesey

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Warne Livesey
Warne Livesey, 2012
Warne Livesey, 2012
Background information
Born (1959-02-12) 12 February 1959 (age 62)
London, England
  • Producer
  • Mixer
  • Songwriter
Years active1980–present
Associated acts

Warne Livesey (born 12 February 1959) is an English/Canadian music producer, mixing engineer, songwriter and musician. He has produced Midnight Oil, The The, Matthew Good Band and Deacon Blue.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Warne Livesey started his career in London, England as a musician and sound engineer, working with producers like David Lord and Rhett Davies.[2] This led to early production work during London's expanding independent music scene in the early 1980s.[3] In 1986, he teamed up with Matt Johnson to work on his The The album Infected. Livesey worked closely with Johnson on the record also contributing on bass and keyboards as well as arranging for strings.[2] The album sold more than a million copies worldwide.[4] He also worked on the follow up album Mind Bomb in 1989.[5] Following that he produced Saint Julian by Julian Cope before going to Australia to work with Midnight Oil on their album Diesel and Dust.[2] The record sold 5 million copies worldwide[6] and in 2010 was named the best Australian album of all time. The opening track, Beds Are Burning, was an international hit and is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll.[7] Livesey went on to produce three more records with the band; Blue Sky Mining, Redneck Wonderland and their last album Capricornia in 2001.[8]

During the 1990s he also produced: Paul Young, Jesus Jones, The Big Dish and House of Love, whose album Babe Rainbow he also co-wrote songs for.[2] He also collaborated with Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis co-writing most of the songs on his only solo album.[9]

Relocation to Canada[edit]

In 1997 Livesey starting working with Canadian alternative rock artist the Matthew Good Band on their second album Underdogs. He produced the band's next two albums including the Juno Award-winning[10] number 1 album, Beautiful Midnight. After the band broke up in 2002 Livesey continued working with Matthew Good and to date has produced five of his solo records, including Lights of Endangered Species[11] in 2011, Chaotic Neutral[12] in 2015 and Something Like a Storm in 2017. He now lives and works out of Toronto. In 2019 he reunited with Midnight Oil to record their first music in 18 years. During the sessions the band recorded two projects, the first of which The Makarrata Project was released on October 30, 2020 and entered the Australian album charts at Number 1.[13]


producer [p], mixer [m], engineer [e], songwriter [s]



  • WCM Award for Outstanding Producer 2003.[17]
  • Juno Award for Best Rock Album: Beautiful Midnight, Matthew Good Band
  • ARIA Award for Single of the Year 1988: Beds Are Burning, Midnight Oil.[18]
  • ARIA Award for Album of the Year 1991: Blue Sky Mining, Midnight Oil.[18]


  1. ^ Biographical data on Warne Livesey in:. International Who's Who in Popular Music. 11th. Edition. Routledge/Taylor Francis Group, 2009. Editor: Robert J. Elster. ISBN 978-1-85743-514-6 , p 321.
  2. ^ a b c d Warne Livesey In:. The Encyclopedia of Record Producers. Eric Olsen, Paul Verna, Carlo Wolff. Watson-Guptill Publications, New York 1999. ISBN 0-8230-7607-5 , p 479-480. (Review on: Review on Good Reads
  3. ^ Profile: Warne Livesey by Kevin Young in Professional Sound Magazine. Norris-Whitney Communications. Vol. XV No.5. October 2004. p18.
  4. ^ Warne Livesey in:. "Tips From 2011", Canadian Musician. Vol. xxxiii No. 5, Sept/Oct 2011) p52.
  5. ^ Official The The biography, Sony Music. Reprinted here.
  6. ^ "The Peak Performance Project". Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  7. ^ The 100 Best Australian Albums. John O'Donnell, Toby Creswell and Craig Mathieson. Hardie Grant Books, 2010. ISBN 174066955X, ISBN 978-1740669559, p 17/19. Read Excerpts here.
  8. ^ "Midnight Oil ~ Albums Discography". midnight-oil.info. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  9. ^ Are We Still Rolling?: Studios, Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll. Phil Brown. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2010. ISBN 9781476856094.
  10. ^ Matthew Good Band Biography at Musicians Guide
  11. ^ Matthew Good gets experimental on Lights of Endangered Species. Sean Plumber. MSN Entertainment Canada, 2011. [1] Archived 19 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Matthew Good's Chaotic Neutral: An album build of trust. Leslie Ken Chu. Vancouver Weekly, 2015. [2]
  13. ^ ARIA album charts November 9, 2020 [3]
  14. ^ Thrills, Adrian (11 December 1982). "Black and White Reunite". New Musical Express. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  15. ^ Warne Livesey at |LIVESEY&samples=1&sql=11:hjfwxqu5ldte~T4 AllMusic.com[dead link]
  16. ^ Warne Livesey at Discogs.com
  17. ^ [4]
  18. ^ a b "ARIA Award Winners By Category". 16 March 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.


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