Metropolis Studios would like to congratulate Mastering Engineer John Davis on the recent announcement that FKA twigs and Royal Blood – whose albums were both mastered by John at Metropolis Studios – were included on the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize ‘Best Album’ shortlist
Metropolis Mastering Engineer John Davis
In a career spanning three decades, Metropolis Mastering Engineer John Davis has had the opportunity to master the works of the world’s most recognised artists. The likes of Lana Del Rey, Florence and The Machine, Plan B, U2, The Prodigy, Jimmy Page and many more have all sought John’s expertise. It was undoubtedly his attention to detail and a desire to create a unique sound for each artist that drew both FKA twigs and Royal Blood to seek out John at Metropolis Studios.
Mercury Prize Nominated Artists Mastered by John Davis
FKA twigs – LP1
FKA twigs is 26 year old South-London based Tahliah Barnett. The dancer turned singer, songwriter and producer, was brought up in Gloucestershire.
‘LP1’, her debut album, includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Sampha and Dev Hynes and was released by Young Turks in August 2014. It features the singles ‘Two Weeks’ and ‘Pendulum’.
”Twigs is a total star and her music sounds like it’s beamed in from the future”
John DavisMetropolis Mastering Engineer on FKA twigs
The #1 Self-Titled Album from Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Royal Blood are Brighton based Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher.
The duo’s self-titled debut album was released in August 2014 on Black Mammoth / Warner Bros Records. Recorded in London, Wiltshire and Monmouth, it includes the singles ‘Out of the Black’, ‘Come on Over’ and ‘Figure it Out’.
”I knew Royal Blood were going to be big after doing two tracks for them last July. Their riffs are absolutely monstrous!””
John DavisMetropolis Mastering Engineer on Royal Blood
Other 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize Nominees
- – Anna Calvi – One Breath
- – Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
- – Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
- – East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
- – GoGo Penguin – v2.0
- – Jungle – Jungle
- – Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
- – Nick Mulvey – First Mind
- – Polar Bear – In Each and Every One
- – Young Fathers – Dead
About the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize
The Barclaycard Mercury Prize promotes the best of UK and Irish music as well as the artists who produce it. This is done primarily through the celebration of the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’.
The main objectives of the prize are to provide a snapshot of the year in music, to encourage debate and discussion about music, and to help introduce new albums from a variety of musical genres to a wider audience
All shortlisted artists (as well as the winner) are chosen by an independent panel of judges based on the quality of their music and receive a specially commissioned bronze ‘Album of the Year’ trophy. The winner also received a cheque for £20,000. More significantly, the Prize can ignite public awareness of the winning album and increase the profiles of the shortlisted artists.
The following people are on the 2014 judging panel:
- – Simon Frith (Chairman) – Author and Music Writer; Professor of Music, Edinburgh University
- – Annie Mac – DJ and broadcaster
- – Elisa Bray – Music Editor, The Independent
- – Obaro Ejimiwe (aka Ghostpoet) – Musician and songwriter
- – Greg Cochrane – Editor, NME.com
- – Jeff Smith – Head of Music, 6Music/Radio 2
- – John Kennedy – Presenter, ‘X-Posure’, Xfm
- – Kat Morris – Festival Director, The Great Escape
- – Kate Mossman – Music Writer and Broadcaster; Arts Editor, New Statesman
- – Lianne La Havas – Musician and songwriter
- – Mike Flynn – Music Writer; Deputy Editor Jazzwise
- – Nick Luscombe – DJ and broadcaster; founder ‘Musicity’
The winner of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize Award will be announced at the ceremony, which takes place on Wednesday 29th October 2014.
Metropolis Studios would like to wish all of 2014’s nominees the best of luck, but especially TKA twigs, Royal Blood and John Davis.
Keep up to date with the latest news from the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize on Twitter or via the awards hashtag #MercuryPrize.
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