After starting a mobile recording studio in my teens I decided to move to London to work in professional studios. I landed a job at MCA music in their writers' studio, working with American and British songwriters. I stayed there for 3 years before going freelance to work on a Donny Osmond album at Peter Gabriel's Studio near Bath. Tracks from this album got into the American top ten.
I then started collaborating with other producer on numerous productions and records. My roles in making these records vary from mixing, programming, playing guitar and engineering.
I always contribute ideas and experiment with sounds and approaches, in fact one song I co-wrote with Youssou N,Dour uses studio FX units to write the song.
After having worked in studios all over the world including LA, Paris, Milan, Senegal, Reykjavik and London, I decided to build my own studio in London with guitarist Kevin Armstrong (David Bowie, Iggy Pop).
We set up Laylow studios on the Portobello road and for the next ten years produced and worked on many projects together and with others as well as doing our own projects. We had the likes of Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Ike Turner, Youssou N,Dour and Howard Donald among others.
Other productions include a record deal with Eagle Rock for a chill out album called Elements, co-written with Richard Darbyshire (Living In A Box)
These are some of the albums I have worked on:
Below is a list of albums and film scores I have worked on:
Youssou N’Dour: The Lion, Joko (albums) - Engineering & Mixing; Programmimg & Writing
Keziah Jones: Blue Funk, Liquid Sunshine (albums) - Engineering & Mixing
Sarah Jane Morris: Fallen Angel (album, Sony) - Producer
Ashley Maher: The Blessed Rain (album) - Producer
Donny Osmond: Donny Osmond (album) - Engineering & Mixing
Manu Dibango: Wakafrica (album) - Engineering & Mixing
Peter Gabriel: Shaking the tree, Virtuosity (albums)
Judge Dredd Soundtracks: Kiss that frog - Programming & Recording
Jeff Beck ; Judge Dredd soundtrack - Programming and Mixing
Howard Donald: Howard Donald (album, RCA) - Engineering & Mixing
Brigid Boden: Brigid Boden (album) - Engineering & Mixing
Carlene Anderson: Carlene Anderson (album) - Programming & Mixing
Shara Nelson: Shara Nelson (album) - Programming & Co-writes
Ronny Jordan: Ronny Jordan (album) - Programming
Sarah Jane Morris & Marc Ribot: August (album) - Recording + Mixing
Shane: End to End (album) Programming & mixing
Elements - James Last Chillout Album- Production, Programming, Engineering & Mixing & Co-writes
Streetfighter, Judge Dredd, Virtuosity, Le Prix du Pardon
Peter Gabriel, Jeff Beck, Pino Palladino, Steve Lukather, Manu Katche, David Williams, Greg Philingains, Paul Jackson Jnr, David Sanborn, Daryl Jones, Nathen East, Micheal Brecker, Manu Dibango, Luis Conte, Marc Ribot, Mike Stern
London: Townhouse, Olympic, Metropolis, Hit Factory.
Paris: Guillume Tell, Davout, Plus Trente, Grande Arme, Bastille
Los Angeles: Capitol, Devonshire, Westlake
Senegal: Studio 2000, Youssou's Place