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Rik Simpson (a.k.a. Rikademus) is a multi Grammy Award-winning British record producer, sound engineer, musician, and songwriter.[1] He is most recently recognised for his production work with Coldplay on Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), Mylo Xyloto (2011), Ghost Stories (2014), A Head Full of Dreams (2015), Kaleidoscope EP (2017) and Everyday Life (2019). He has also gained critical acclaim for his work with Jay-Z, Portishead, Kasabian, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and PJ Harvey.[2] In addition to the technical sides of recording and mixing, he often contributes musically, playing and singing on many of his productions.

Rik Simpson
Also known asRikademus, Rick Simpson
Occupation(s)Record producer, engineer, audio mixer
InstrumentsDrum programming, keyboard, guitar, vocals
Years active1989–present
Associated acts

Simpson is also one half of production duo The Darktones, with Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman.

Production creditsEdit

Rik SimpsonEdit


The DarktonesEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Best Rock Album Won
Album of the Year Nominated
2013 Mylo Xyloto Best Rock Album Nominated


  1. ^ "Rik Simpson Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Rik Simpson recording Coldplay with sE Mics". sE Electronics. 27 October 2011. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Rik Simpson Discography | Production". Discogs. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  4. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (6 September 2013). "Coldplay Heads To 'Hunger Games' on 'Atlas' Single: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 7 September 2013.

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