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.



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

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