PAUL EPSWORTH (producer)

Paul Epworth

Paul Epworth, on Producing Adele – The New York Times

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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.

From 2002 to 2004 Epworth provided lead vocals and guitar for the band Lomax. He later remixed two songs from the band’s catalogue – “Reiterator” and “Modern Life”.

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.

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.

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.


Singles (as Phones)

2006 “Sharpen the Knives / Worryin”
Singles (as Epic Man)

2006 “More Is Enough” (feat. Plan B)
Production and Writing


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

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