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Paul Richard Epworth (born 25 July 1974 in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire) is an English music producer, musician, and songwriter. His production and writing credits include Adele, Rihanna, and Maxïmo Park amongst many others. On 12 February 2012 at the 54th Grammy Awards, Epworth won four Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year, Album of the Year (Adele's 21), and Song of the Year and Record of the Year (for "Rolling in the Deep"). He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song alongside Adele, for "Skyfall". His sister Mary Epworth is a singer and songwriter. He is a member of the Music Producers Guild. He also has a record label, Wolf Tone, whose artists include Glass Animals, Rosie Lowe and Plaitum. He has won 'Producer of the Year' at the BRIT Awards three times, the most recent in 2015. At the 59th Grammy Awards in 2017, Epworth won a Grammy for Album of the Year for his work on Adele's 25.
|Birth name||Paul Richard Epworth|
July 25, 1974 |
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
|Genres||Indie rock, punk rock, hip hop, pop, dance|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, songwriter, musician, remixer|
|Instruments||Drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, trumpet, percussion|
Epworth is well known for his remix work under the name Phones. He began to gain recognition with this moniker based on his work with Bloc Party's track "Banquet"; he has since provided remix work for New Order, U2, P-Diddy, Goldfrapp, Nine Inch Nails, Simian Mobile Disco, The Streets, Interpol, Tom Vek, Death from Above 1979, Annie, and most recently Coldplay. His debut of original material under the Phones name, "Sharpen the Knives"/"Worryin", was released on French label Kitsuné in November 2006. In 2008 he announced he had killed off the Phones moniker but has said he continues to remix anonymously.
In early 2006 Epworth began making music under another alias, Epic Man. His debut single, "More Is Enough", featured Plan B and was featured on the soundtrack for Need For Speed: Pro Street and was released on Good & Evil Records, a subsidiary of 679 Recordings. He has since returned to his Phones name and there are no known plans to release under Epic Man again.
Production and WritingEdit
In 2004-05, Epworth produced a quartet of critically acclaimed releases, including two Mercury Music Prize nominations in Silent Alarm by Bloc Party and A Certain Trigger by Maximo Park, the bulk of The Futureheads eponymous debut (including the hit Kate Bush cover "Hounds Of Love"), and Capture/Release by The Rakes as well as singles by Babyshambles and The Long Blondes. He also wrote and produced tracks for British rappers, Kano ("Don't Know Why") and Plan B ("No Good" and "Where You From") This was followed in 2006 by production work on Pieces of the People We Love by The Rapture and the debut album by French band Black Strobe, entitled Burn Your Own Church.
In 2007, Epworth began to contribute more co-writing credits alongside his production. For example, his production on the number one debut album Made of Bricks by Kate Nash included a writing credit on the hit single "Foundations" (for which he was nominated for an Ivor Novello songwriters award.) In 2008, Epworth produced much of Sam Sparro's eponymous debut album which entered the UK album charts at number 4 and the Primal Scream single, "Can't Go Back", along with the title track of their recent album Beautiful Future. Epworth also completed production duties on much of the new Bloc Party record, Intimacy and co-wrote and produced Friendly Fires track "Jump In The Pool".
Early 2009 saw Epworth co-writing and recording Jack Peñate's critically lauded second album Everything Is New including the singles "Tonight's Today" and "Be the One". He also co-wrote and produced tracks for Florence and the Machine's debut album Lungs, including the hit single "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" along with the album tracks "Howl", "Cosmic Love", "Hurricane Drunk" and "Blinding". He also worked further with Friendly Fires on a single version of the track "Skeleton Boy" and produced the forthcoming single by The Big Pink, "Stop the World". In February 2009 he won best newcomer at the inaugural Music Producers' Guild Awards. In Spring 2009, Epworth co-produced another single with The Big Pink entitled "Dominos", and a new Friendly Fires single "Kiss of Life".
Summer 2009 brought Epworth his third and fourth Mercury music prize nomination in the shape of Florence and the Machine's Lungs and Friendly Fires' eponymous debut. He also finished album tracks for Norwegian pop artist Annie for her delayed album Don't Stop; wrote the "Zingolo" for Cadbury's "Fair Trade" advert, featuring Ghanaian MC Tinny; and mixed the track "Silva & Grimes" for Holy Fuck's Latin lp. He finished up the year working on new tracks by London MC/Singer Plan B for his number 1 album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks including the top 10 single "Stay Too Long", and tracks for Canadian duo Crystal Castles (including single Celestica), writing with Grammy winner Adele, singer Sky Ferreira and producing a single version of album track "Tonight" with The Big Pink.
In February 2010 Epworth won both the Brit Award and the Music Producers' Guild Award for Producer Of The Year and also won Music Week's Producer of the Year Award in April.
Early 2010 saw Epworth deliver tracks for London band Chapel Club's forthcoming LP and begin work on both Friendly Fires' and Florence and the Machine's second LPs. He also signed a solo deal with Columbia Records, with an album due late 2010 or early 2011.[needs update] Epworth added his production hand to Primary 1's forthcoming album, including lead single "Princess".[needs update] Summer 2010 saw him provide production on two versions of Cee Lo Green's cover of Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You", and for the single "It's OK".
Late 2010 and early 2011 saw the release of the acclaimed Epworth co-written and produced worldwide number one single "Rolling in the Deep" from Adele's 21. The album features three Epworth co-writes with Adele, which he produced "I'll Be Waiting", while "He Won't Go" was produced by Rick Rubin. Summer 2011 saw Epworth working on The Big Pink's forthcoming LP Future This[needs update] and the critically acclaimed Ceremonials by Florence and the Machine.
On 12 February 2012 at the 54th Grammy Awards, he won four Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year, Album of the Year (Adele's 21), and Song of the Year and Record of the Year (for "Rolling in the Deep").
In 2013 Epworth and Adele received the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 70th Golden Globe Awards for the song "Skyfall". Epworth and Adele also received the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 85th Academy Awards for "Skyfall".
In late 2015 Adele released her third, record breaking album 25, which features two tracks co-written and produced by Epworth, "I Miss You" and "Sweetest Devotion". 25 has since been nominated for Album of the Year at the 59th Grammy Awards which will take place on 12 February 2017.
In 2016, Epworth produced two tracks for The Stone Roses, "All for One" and "Beautiful Thing" which he also mixed. He was Executive producer on the Glass Animals album "How To Be A Human Being" which was released on his record label Wolf Tone. Paul also co-wrote and produced the Usher track "Chains" Ft Nas, Bibi Bourelly.
The Church StudiosEdit
In October 2013, Epworth bought The Church Studios, a recording studio in Crouch End, North London. The studio had previously been owned by David A. Stewart in the 80s and 90s, and was used to record music by Eurythmics, Bob Dylan and Radiohead, among others. David Gray then owned the studio until Epworth took over in 2013. The Church studios has three working commercial studios, all refurbished by the Walters-Storyk Design Group and Miloco builds. Epworth had a 72-Channel Vintage EMI Neve Console installed in studio 1, and a Solid State Logic console installed in studio 2. Since Epworth’s ownership of the Church Studios, notable artists such as U2, Adele, Frank Ocean and London Grammar have recorded there.
Singles (as Phones)Edit
- 2006 "Sharpen the Knives / Worryin"
Singles (as Epic Man)Edit
Production and WritingEdit
- 2004 The Futureheads – The Futureheads (679 Recordings)
- 2004 Babyshambles – "Killamangiro" Single (Rough Trade Records)
- 2005 Bloc Party – Silent Alarm (Wichita)
- 2005 Red Organ Serpent Sound– '[In Search of Orgazmus (Vertigo Records)
- 2005 Death from Above 1979 – You're Lovely (But You've Got Problems) (Vice Records)
- 2005 Maxïmo Park – A Certain Trigger (Warp Records)
- 2005 The Rakes – Capture/Release (V2)
- 2005 The Long Blondes – "Separated by Motorways" (Rough Trade Records)
- 2005 Kano – Home Sweet Home (one track: "I Don't Know Why") (679 Recordings)
- 2006 Acoustic Ladyland – Skinny Grin (6 tracks) (V2)
- 2006 The Rapture – Pieces of the People We Love (Motown/Universal)
- 2006 Plan B – Who Needs Actions When You Got Words (679 Recordings)
- 2006 White Rose Movement – Kick (Independiente)
- 2007 Black Strobe – Burn Your Own Church (Playlouderecordings)
- 2007 Kate Nash – Made of Bricks (Polydor)
- 2007 Shy Child – Noise Won't Stop (2 tracks) (Play It Again Sam)
- 2008 Sam Sparro – Sam Sparro (2 tracks) (Island Records)
- 2008 Primal Scream – Beautiful Future (2 tracks) (B-Unique)
- 2008 Bloc Party – Intimacy (Witchita)
- 2008 Friendly Fires – "Jump in the Pool" Single (XL Recordings)
- 2009 Friendly Fires – "Skeleton Boy" Single (XL Recordings)
- 2009 Friendly Fires – "Kiss Of Life" Single (XL Recordings)
- 2009 Jack Peñate – "Tonight's Today" Single (XL Recordings)
- 2009 Jack Peñate – Everything Is New ((XL Recordings)
- 2009 Florence and the Machine – Lungs (Island Records)
- 2009 The Big Pink "Dominos" Single (4AD)
- 2009 The Big Pink "Stop The World" Single (4AD)
- 2009 Annie – Don't Stop
- 2010 Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks (679 Artists/Atlantic Records)
- 2010 Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer (Elektra)
- 2010 Adele – "Rolling in the Deep" Single (XL Recordings / Columbia)
- 2011 Chapel Club - Palace (Loog Records / Mercury Records)
- 2011 Adele – 21 (XL Recordings / Columbia)
- 2011 Foster the People – Torches (Columbia)
- 2011 Friendly Fires – Pala (XL Recordings)
- 2011 Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials (Island Records)
- 2012 The Big Pink – Future This (4AD)
- 2012 Bruno Mars – Natalie (Atlantic Records)
- 2012 John Legend - "Who Did That to You?" (Universal Republic)
- 2012 Adele – Skyfall Single (XL)
- 2013 Paul McCartney - New (Virgin Records)
- 2014 Coldplay - Ghost Stories (Parlophone / Atlantic Records)
- 2014 U2 - Songs of Innocence (Island Records)
- 2014 Glass Animals - Zaba (Wolf Tone)
- 2014 Foster The People - Supermodel (Columbia Records)
- 2014 FKA twigs- "Pendulum" Single (Young Turks)
- 2014 Lana Del Rey - "Black Beauty" (Interscope)
- 2014 Lorde - "Yellow Flicker Beat" single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- 2015 Florence and the Machine - "Mother" from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Island Records)
- 2015 Adele - 25 (XL Recordings)
- 2016 Thurston Moore - Rock 'n' Roll Consciousness (Matador Records)
- 2016 Glass Animals- "How to Be a Human Being" (Wolf Tone)
- 2016 The Stone Roses- "All For One" & "Beautiful Thing" (Virgin Records)
- 2016 Usher - "Chains" Ft Nas & Bibi Bourelly (RCA Records)
- 2017 London Grammar - "Rooting for You" (Metal & Dust / Ministry of Sound)
- 2017 London Grammar - "Truth Is a Beautiful Thing" (Metal & Dust / Ministry of Sound)
- 2017 London Grammar - Truth Is a Beautiful Thing (Metal & Dust / Ministry of Sound)
- 2017 The Horrors - V (Wolf Tone)
- 2018 Jay Electronica - Letter to Falon
- 2004 Bloc Party – "Banquet"
- 2004 Annie – "Heartbeat"
- 2004 Death from Above 1979 – "Romantic Rights"
- 2004 The Futureheads – "Decent Days and Nights"
- 2004 The Streets – "Fit But You Know It"
- 2004 The Futureheads – "Hounds of Love"
- 2005 Gang of Four – "Not Great Men"
- 2005 Goldfrapp – "Ooh La La"
- 2005 The Kills – "Love Is a Deserter"
- 2005 New Order – "Krafty"
- 2005 The Killers – "Smile Like You Mean It"
- 2005 The Others – "This Is for the Poor"
- 2005 The Rakes – "Retreat"
- 2005 Tom Vek – "I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes"
- 2005 Tom Vek – "Nothing But Green Lights"
- 2005 White Rose Movement – "Alsatian"
- 2005 U2 – "City of Blinding Lights"
- 2006 Black Strobe – "Shining Bright Star"
- 2006 Bloc Party – "The Prayer"
- 2006 Muse – "Supermassive Black Hole"
- 2006 Wolf & Cub – "Thousand Cuts"
- 2007 Peter Bjorn and John feat. Victoria Bergsman – "Young Folks"
- 2007 Diddy – "Tell Me"
- 2007 New Young Pony Club – "The Bomb"
- 2007 Nine Inch Nails – "Capital G"
- 2007 Roxy Music – "Editions of You"
- 2007 Interpol – "The Heinrich Maneuver"
- 2007 Dead Soul Bros – "Come On Now"
- 2008 Pin Me Down – "Cryptic"
- 2008 Jape – I Was A Man
- 2008 The Black Ghosts – "Repetition Kills You"
- 2008 Friendly Fires – "Skeleton Boy"
- 2008 Bloc Party – "Talons"
- 2008 Santigold – "Say Aha"
- 2013 U2 - "Ordinary Love"
- 2014 Coldplay - "Midnight"
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Interview: Mary Epworth". beardedmagazine.com. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Producer Paul Epworth wins third Brit Award". BBC News. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Adele Producer Talks About Her New Album, Other Projects - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "From The Bluetones To The Music – Let's Hear It For Indie's Second Division". NME. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
- "Winners & Nominees Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Golden Globes". goldenglobes.org. Retrieved 8 February 2016.