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.



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

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