John Davis

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Mastering Engineer

John Davis began his career as an audio mastering engineer in the late 80s, cutting 12-inch singles for London’s club dancefloors.

Labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Boys Own, Classic and Def Jam with artists like De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Soul II Soul, Carl Craig and DJ Harvey benefited from his expertise during the exciting early years of the DJ and club scene.

A week in his mastering studio could encompass anything from Lana Del Rey to White Lies, Plan B, U2, Bat For Lashes or Jimmy Page – who have all visited recently.

John always likes to work with the artist, producer and engineer present so that their collective vision can be communicated. Music is all about feelings and emotions, so a trust has to exist between artist and engineer. This direct input from the client enables John to take their music to a place where the tracks are enhanced and become ‘super-real’, maximising all the positive aspects of a mix and ironing out any potential problems. John’s favourite part of being an audio mastering engineer is the variety of the projects undertaken.

Every day he meets creative and interesting artists at the top of their game, so it’s vital that a connection is made quickly so the musical vision can be agreed and approved while the tracks are being mastered. That’s the way to get magical results, instead of playing safe and sounding generic.



  • Collections
    Delphic
    Polydor
  • Big TV
    White Lies
    Polydor
  • Counting Down The Days
    Natalie Imbruglia
    Sony BMG
  • Five Minutes With Arctic Monkeys
    Arctic Monkeys
    Bang Bang Recordings
  • 180
    Palma Violets
    Rough Trade
  • The World's End Soundtrack
    Various Artists
    Abkco
  • Long Road Home
    Charlie Simpson
    Nusic Sounds
  • Hand Built By Robots
    Newton Faulkner
    Sony BMG
  • Born To Die
    Lana Del Rey
    Interscope
  • Rebounder
    Public Access TV
    Rough Trade
  • Sequel to the Prequel
    Babyshambles
    Parlophone
  • Screamadelica (20th Anniversry Re-master)
    Primal Scream
    Sony Music CMG
  • Who Needs Actions When You Got Words
    Plan B
    Wea I’ntl
  • Lungs
    Florence and the Machine
    Universal International
  • Houses Of The Holy
    Led Zeppelin
    Warners
  • Arc
    Everything Everthing
    Sony RCA
  • Sunday '91
    Annie Eve
    Mouth to Mouth Records
  • The Sunshine Underground
    The Sunshine Underground
    Lovers
  • Led Zeppelin II
    Led Zeppelin
    Atlantic
  • Man Up (Official Soundtrack)
    Various Artists
    Fiction
  • To Lose My Life
    White Lies
  • New Forms
    Roni Size
    Mercury
  • Ultraviolence
    Lana Del Rey
    Polydor
  • No Line On The Horizon
    U2
    Warner Bros
  • Celebration Day
    Led Zeppelin
    Atlantic
  • Don't Save Me
    Haim
    Polydor
  • The Morning
    Lewis Watson
    Warner Music UK
  • Given To The Wild
    The Maccabees
    Polydor
  • Led Zeppelin III
    Led Zeppelin
    Atlantic
  • Hour Of The Bewilderbeast
    Badly Drawn Boy
    XL Records
  • Angel
    The 2 Bears
    Southern Fried Records
  • What Went Down
    Foals
    Warner Music UK
  • Mindwaves
    The Moons
    Schnitzel Records
  • Cast In Steel
    a-ha
    Polydor
  • Roses
    The Cranberries
    Downtown
  • Creature Songs
    Wolf Alice
    Chess Club
  • Led Zeppelin IV
    Led Zeppelin
    Warners
  • M3ll155x
    FKA Twigs
    XL Recordings
  • Accelerate
    REM
    Warner Bros
  • LP 1
    FKA twigs
    Young Turks
  • Closer (Remaster)
    Joy Division
    Rhino
  • Viva Hate (Re-master)
    Morrisey
    EMI Catalogue
  • I Started Out With Nothin And I Still Got Most Of It Left
    Seasick Steve
    Atlantic
  • A Weekend In The City
    Bloc Party
    Witicha
  • Be Strong
    The 2 Bears
    Southern Fried
  • False Idols
    Tricky
    False Idols
  • Wake Up The Nation
    Paul Weller
    Island / Yep Roc
  • Different Gear, Still Speeding
    Beady Eye
    Beady Eye Records
  • Royal Blood
    Royal Blood
    Warners
  • The Heat
    Jungle
    Chess Club
  • Paris
    Friendly Fires
    XL Records
  • More Light
    Primal Scream
  • Lucifer Rising
    Jimmy Page
    Sony BMG
  • Performance and Cocktails - Remaster
    Stereophonics
    Fontana
  • Invaders Must Die
    The Prodigy
    Cooking Vinyl
  • A Perfect Contradiction
    Paloma Faith
    RCA
  • Conditions
    Temper Trap
    Liberation (AUS) Infectious Records (UK)
  • Making Dens
    Mystery Jets
    Wea I’ntl
  • In Silico
    Pendulum
    Atlantic
  • 100 Million Suns
    Snow Patrol
    Geffen Records
  • Back To Forever
    Lissie
    Columbia
  • Battle For The Sun
    Placebo
    Vagrant Records
  • Marks To Prove It
    The Maccabees
    Fiction
  • Up All Night
    Razorlight
  • III
    Bo Ningen
    Stolen Records
  • Adore Life
    Savages
    Matador Records
  • Monkey: Journey To The West
    Damon Albarn
    XL Records
  • The Balcony
    Catfish and the Bottlemen
    Island
  • Soldier Of Love
    Sade
    Sony BMG
  • Best Of New Order
    New Order
    Rhino
  • The Very Best Of The Stone Roses
    The Stone Roses
    Sony Music CMG
  • Eyes Open
    Snow Patrol
    Polydor
  • Come Of Age
    The Vaccines
    Columbia
  • Watch Me Dance
    Toddla T
    Ninja Tune
  • Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin
    Atlantic
  • Physical Graffiti
    Led Zeppelin
    Warners
  • Soft Control
    Laura Welsh
    Polydor
  • Destroy Rock N Roll
    Mylo
    Breastfed
  • Ill Manors
    Plan B
    Atlantic
  • The Haunted Man
    Bat For Lashes
    EMI

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