Mike Shipley

Michael Shipley (6 October 1956 – 25 July 2013) was an Australian mixing engineer, audio engineer, and record producer. Shipley's music career spanned more than 30 years – mostly working in Los Angeles. At the Grammy Awards of 2012 he won the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category for his joint work on Paper Airplane (April 2011), by Alison Krauss and Union Station. Shipley died in July 2013, aged 56, of an apparent suicide.

Mike Shipley
Mike Shipley.jpg
Shipley in 2013
Background information
Birth nameMichael Shipley
Born(1956-10-06)6 October 1956
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
OriginLondon, England, United Kingdom
Died25 July 2013(2013-07-25) (aged 56)
Studio City, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Mixing engineer
  • audio engineer
  • record producer
  • Drums
  • guitar
Years active1976–2013
Associated acts


Michael Shipley was born on 6 October 1956, in Sydney, Australia; as a teenager he moved with his family to London. He became interested in a recording career while at school in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s.[1] He later recalled, "One of my teachers at grammar school there was a musician who asked me to come down and sing on a record he was making. I walked into this thing called the recording studio, and it just blew my mind. It was, 'This is home,' and I knew instantly and from that point on that all I wanted to do was to work there."[2] Shipley returned to Australia and completed secondary education at Camberwell Grammar School (class of '74) in Melbourne. He then returned to London, where he started as an assistant at Wessex Sound Studios and worked with Sex Pistols and Queen.[2][3]

His first engineering sessions were during the punk rock explosion of the late 1970s and early 1980s and included recordings with the Damned.[2][4] He worked alongside Robert John "Mutt" Lange for decades.[3] His contemporaries at Wessex include producers Roy Thomas Baker and Chris Thomas, and engineers Tim Friese-Greene and Bill Price. Shipley also worked with Def Leppard on their albums, High 'n' Dry (July 1981), Pyromania (January 1983), Hysteria (August 1987) and Adrenalize (March 1992).[4]

Asked to work with the Cars, Shipley relocated to Los Angeles in 1984. Shipley later relocated to Hawaii for a sabbatical, but returned to Los Angeles to work for Def Leppard, Shania Twain, The Corrs, Anberlin, Aerosmith, Maroon 5, Faith Hill, India.Arie, Kelly Clarkson, Green Day, Nickelback and Alison Krauss.[3]


Shipley died on 25 July 2013.[5] Cause of death as stated on 9 August 2013, at the memorial service, was an apparent suicide.[6]


Recorded work credited to Mike Shipley:[1]


Year Artist Title Contribution
1978 Hawklords 25 Years On Engineer
1979 Matchbox Matchbox Engineer
1979 The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette Engineer


Year Artist Title Contribution
1980 Planet 10 Night Engineer
1980 Night Long Distance Engineer
1980 City Boy Heads Are Rolling Engineer, audio engineer
1980 Desmond Dekker Black and Dekker Engineer
1981 City Boy It's Personal Engineer
1981 Def Leppard High 'n' Dry Engineer
1982 Sniff 'n' the Tears Ride Blue Divide Producer, engineer, mixing engineer
1982 A Flock of Seagulls A Flock of Seagulls Engineer
1983 Q-Feel Q-Feel Engineer
1983 Def Leppard Pyromania Engineer
1983 Diamond Head Canterbury Producer, engineer, audio engineer
1984 Thomas Dolby The Flat Earth Mixing engineer
1984 Devo Shout Mixing engineer
1984 Berlin Love Life Mixing engineer
1984 The Cars Heartbeat City Mixing engineer
1985 Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen Audio engineer, mixing engineer
1985 Joni Mitchell Dog Eat Dog Producer, audio engineer, mixing engineer
1985 Kim Carnes Barking at Airplanes Mixing engineer
1986 Benjamin Orr The Lace Producer, audio engineer, mixing engineer
1986 Lone Justice Shelter Mixing engineer
1986 Berlin Count Three & Pray Mixing engineer
1987 Alison Moyet Raindancing Mixing engineer, associate producer
1987 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) Mixing engineer
1987 Def Leppard Hysteria Mixing engineer
1988 Scorpions Savage Amusement Mixing engineer
1988 Prefab Sprout From Langley Park to Memphis Mixing engineer
1988 Joni Mitchell Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm Audio engineer, mixing engineer


Year Artist Title
1990 Vixen Rev It Up
1990 Ratt Detonator
1990 Cheap Trick Busted
1991 Yes Union
1991 Joni Mitchell Night Ride Home
1992 Shawn Colvin Fat City
1992 Def Leppard Adrenalize
1993 Winger Pull
1993 Heart Desire Walks On
1994 Richard Marx Paid Vacation
1995 John Waite Temple Bar
1995 Meat Loaf Welcome to the Neighbourhood
1995 Rodney Crowell Jewel of the South
1996 X Japan Dahlia
1997 Down by Law Last of the Sharpshooters
1997 Guster Goldfly
1997 Shania Twain Come On Over
1997 Whitesnake Restless Heart
1998 Kevin Sharp Love Is
1999 David Mead The Luxury of Time
1999 Chris Botti Slowing Down the World
1999 Ratt Ratt
1999 Blondie No Exit
1999 Splender Halfway Down the Sky
1999 Enrique Iglesias Enrique
1999 Kip Winger Down Incognito
1999 Faith Hill Breathe
1999 Jimmy Barnes Love and Fear


Year Artist Title
2000 Catherine Wheel Wishville
2000 Green Day Warning
2000 Ronan Keating Ronan
2000 The Corrs In Blue
2000 Alecia Elliott I'm Diggin' It
2000 Hoku Hoku
2000 Poe Haunted
2000 Evan and Jaron Evan and Jaron
2001 Jessica Andrews Who I Am
2001 Tim McGraw Set This Circus Down
2001 Aerosmith Just Push Play
2001 Andrew W.K. I Get Wet
2001 The Go-Go's God Bless The Go-Go's
2001 Trace Adkins Chrome
2001 India Arie Acoustic Soul
2002 Shania Twain Up!
2002 Splender To Whom It May Concern
2002 Tim McGraw Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors
2002 Dana Glover Testimony
2002 Maroon 5 Songs About Jane
2002 Shannon McNally Jukebox Sparrows
2002 Taxiride Garage Mahal
2002 Laura Pausini From the Inside
2002 Lisa Loeb Cake and Pie
2002 Phil Vassar American Child
2003 Marcel You, Me and the Windshield
2003 Boyd Tinsley True Reflections
2003 Kelly Clarkson Thankful
2003 Terri Clark Pain to Kill
2003 Jessica Andrews Now
2003 Guster Keep It Together
2003 The Format Interventions + Lullabies
2003 Rodney Atkins Honesty
2003 Barenaked Ladies Everything to Everyone
2003 Josh Groban Closer
2004 Pat McGee Band Save Me
2005 Jack's Mannequin Everything in Transit
2005 Baumer Come On, Feel It
2005 Nickelback All the Right Reasons
2006 Rock Star Supernova Rock Star Supernova
2006 Damone Out Here All Night
2006 Rock Kills Kid Are You Nervous?
2006 Clay Aiken A Thousand Different Ways
2007 The Click Five Modern Minds and Pastimes
2007 Lillix Inside the Hollow
2007 Anberlin Cities
2007 Fuel Angels & Devils
2007 Motel 17
2008 Blessed by a Broken Heart Pedal to the Metal
2008 Candlebox Into the Sun
2008 Nickelback Dark Horse
2009 Thirty Seconds to Mars This Is War
2009 Papa Roach Metamorphosis


Year Artist Title
2010 Maroon 5 Hands All Over
2010 Sing It Loud Everything Collide
2011 Runner Runner Runner Runner
2011 Alison Krauss and Union Station Paper Airplane
2011 Thomas Dolby A Map of the Floating City
2012 12 Stones Beneath the Scars
2013 Keith Urban Fuse


  1. ^ a b Hogan, Ed. "Mike Shipley | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 September 2016. Note: to access further information, user may have to click on a tab, e.g 'Credits' or 'Awards'
  2. ^ a b c Droney, Maureen (June 1999). "Mike Shipley: Having too Much Fun to Stop". Mixonline. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Vdovin, Marsha (21 April 2010). "Engineer Extraordinaire Mike Shipley — Behind the Board for Maroon 5, Alison Krauss, and More – Blog". Universal Audio. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Mike Shipley Dies". grammy.com. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Mike Shipley. Music engineer. October 7, 1956 – July 25, 2013. Aged 56". Daily Express. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  6. ^ [1] Archived 11 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine

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