John Davis, Mastering Guru

John Davis

Mastering Engineer

The Killers / Gorillaz / The XX / Celeste / FKA Twigs / Dua Lipa / Led Zeppelin / Lana Del Rey / Primal Scream / U2 / Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds/ Royal Blood / Years & Years / Foals / HAIM / Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Blur / IDLES

 

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 Gorillaz, The Killers, Noel Gallagher, Years & Years or Dua Lipa – 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.

Selected Projects

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021)

Years & Years

Starstruck

Tropical Fuck Storm

Deep States

Inhaler

It Won't Always Be Like This

The Kooks

Inside In / Inside Out (Remastered)

James

All The Colours Of You

Will Young

Crying On The Bathroom Floor

Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis

She Walks In Beauty

Skegss

Rehearsal

Celeste

Not Your Muse

The Vaccines

Back In Love City

Portico Quartet

Terrain

Groove Armada

Edge Of The Horizon

Chubby & The Gang

Speed Kills

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnake

Live To Vinyl

Gorillaz

G-Sides (Remastered)

Mystery Jets

A Billion Heartbeats

Orlando Weeks

A Quickening

The Cranberries

No Need To Argue

Tricky

Fall To Pieces

Gorillaz

D-Sides

Diamond Head

Lightning to The Nations 2020

Gorillaz

Song Machine Season One

JARV IS

Beyond The Pale

Twin Atlantic

Power

Two Door Cinema Club

False Alarm

Primal Scream

Maximum Rock N Roll

Band Of Skulls

Love Is All You Love

Nina Nesbitt

The Sun Will Come up, The Seasons Will Change

Sleeper

The Modern Age

Circa Waves

What's It Like Over There

Ten Tonnes

Ten Tonnes

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

End Of Suffering

Ride

This Is Not A Safe Place

Gorillaz

Humanz

Years & Years

Palo Santo

The xx

I See You

Florence & The Machine

High As Hope

FKA Twigs

LP1

The Cranberries

In The End

Blur

The Magic Whip

Lana Del Rey

Ultraviolence

Primal Scream

Screamadelica

The Killers

Wonderful Wonderful

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

The Good, The Bad & The Queen

Merrie Land

White Lies

Five

Royal Blood

Royal Blood

Gorillza

The Now Now

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Who Built The Moon?

Morissey

Viva Hate (Remaster)

Lana Del Rey

Born To Die

Florence & The Machine

Lungs

Rex Orange County

Apriocot Princess

Primal Scream

Give Out But Don't Give Up: Original Memphis Recordings

Mylo

Destroy Rock & Roll

FKA Twigs

M3LL155X

The Jesus And Mary Chain

Damage And Joy

New Order

The Best Of

Yak

Pursuit of Momentary Happiness

Paloma Faith

A Perfect Contridiction

Nina Nesbitt

The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change

Plan B

Ill Manors

Prodigy

Invaders Must Die

Steve Mason

About The Light

Eliza Shaddad

Future

Years & Years

Communion

Foals

What Went Down

Savages

Adore Life

Snow Patrol

A Hundred Million Suns

Stereophonics

Performance and Cocktails

Ash

Islands

Blue Lab Beat

Xover

Natalie Imbruglia

Counting Down The Days

Temper Trap

Conditions

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses (Remaster)

The Amazons

The Amazons

The Vaccines

Come Of Age

U2

No Line On The Horizon

White Lies

Big TV

White Lies

To Lose My Life

Reef

Revelation

The 2 Bears

Angel (Touch Me)

Sade

Soldier of Love

Bat For Lashes

The Haunted Man

HAIM

Don't Save Me

Beady Eye

Different Gear, Still Speeding

Placebo

Battle For The Sun

Led Zeppelin

Physical Graffiti

Pendulum

In Silico

Razorlight

Up All Night

Roni Size / Reprazent

New Forms

Snow Patrol

Eyes Open

Oh Wonder

Ultralife

Elbow

What Time Do You Call This

Bloc Party

A Weekend In The City

Friendly Fires

Paris

Jimmy Page

Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks

Primal Scream

More Light

a-ha

Cast In Steel

Ride

Weather Diaries

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Modern Ruin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin IV

Charlie Simpson

Long Road Home

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin II

Joy Division

Closer

The Cranberries

Roses

Damon Albarn

Monkey: Journey to the West

Everything Everything

Arc

Led Zeppelin

Houses of the Holy

Jungle

The Heat

Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra

Classic House

Maccabees

Given To The Wild

Mystery Jets

Making Dens

Arctic Monkeys

Five Minutes With Arctic Monkeys

Roots Manuva

Bleeds

REM

Accelerate

Plan B

Who Needs Actions When You Got Words

Catfish and the Bottlemen

The Balcony

Maccabees

Marks To Prove It

James Vincent McMorrow

True Care

Wolf Alice

Creature Songs

Pixies

Head Carrier

Kaiser Chiefs

Stay together

Two Door Cinema Club

Are We Ready?

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Skeleton Tree

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Lullaby

Grandaddy

Last Place

Everything Everything

A Fever Dream

Discography

The Killers / Gorillaz / The XX / Celeste / FKA Twigs / Dua Lipa / Led Zeppelin / Lana Del Rey / Primal Scream / U2 / Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds/ Royal Blood / Years & Years / Foals / HAIM / Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Blur / IDLES

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