Jacknife Lee

It is fair to say that Jacknife Lee has become one of the most sought after and highly influential producers currently at work. Over a decade long production career he has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and pop and been honoured by both the UK and US music businesses, picking up two Grammy Awards at the 2006 ceremony for his production work on U2's "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" and winning Producer Of The Year that same year at the annual UK MMF awards. He was also nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for his production work on Taylor Swift’s multi million selling “Red” LP. Since relocating to LA some five years ago, he has produced some of the most influential American musicians such as Weezer, Neil Diamond and REM but also continues to work with Britain’s biggest acts -  Robbie Williams, Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club and emerging talent such as Crystal Castles, Twin Atlantic and Kodaline.

2014 was a remarkable year for Jacknife. We were honoured to be asked to co-produce the Neil Diamond album ‘Melody Road’ with the infamously talented Don Was. The album,Heil’s 32nd studio album though the first for Universal, debuted at a very respectable 3 on the US Billboard Charts and number 4 in the UK LP charts and continues to sell strongly at the beginning of 2015. The album received rave reviews across the board: Guardian -, “Sweep away the saccharine and Diamond’s craft as a songwriter still gleams”. Metacritic describing Jacknife’s role as “bringing an Orbisonian scale to Melody Road, surrounding him with ornate yet tasteful arrangements worked up by LA's top session cats.” This included Smokey Hormel on guitar, Joey Waranoker on drums, Blake Mills on guitar, Sebastian Steinberg on bass and Rami Jaffee on keys. We are very proud to have had the opportunity to work with one of the world’s greatest artists. 

At the other end of the spectrum but just as exciting, Jacknife also spent some of 2014 writing and producing tracks for Raury who’s been routinely tipped as the rising alternative urban act of 2015. The beginning of this year see's the pair holed up in Jacknife’s Topanga Studio writing and recording tracks for Raury’s debut album for Columbia.

Also in 2014, Jacknife produced multiple tracks for Irish band Kodaline’s most recent studio album, “Coming Up For Air” which peaked at an incredible no.2 and included first single “Honest” which has excited critics and fans across all media platforms.

Also last year, Jacknife had a very successful session with Scotland’s Twin Atlantic, co-writing and producing three of the band’s singles on their recent “Great Divide” album. Both ‘Heart and Soul’ and ‘Brothers and Sisters’ were Radio 1 A-list favourite and helped fuel the album to an impressive No. 6 on release into the UK charts.

At the beginning of 2013, Jacknife and long time collaborator Gary Lightbody resumed for the second outing of the Tired Pony project with fellow R.E.M members Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey and the hugely talented Iain Archer. The resulting album “The Ghost Of The Mountain” was written and recorded at Jacknife’s stunning Topanga Canyon studio and entered the UK Top 10 week of release. Release was marked by a very special and intimate gig at London’s Barbican Theatre and an appearance on the Letterman show in New York. It’s a stunning return after the band’s debut album “The Place We Ran From” and dear to the heart of all involved in the project.

Over the past few years, Jacknife has devoted a significant amount of his time to song writing. In 2013 he co-wrote and produced tracks for two of the biggest albums of that year, namely the stunning “The Last Chance” for Taylor Swift on her “Red” LP and the very beautiful “Something Great” which features on One Direction’s “Midnight Memories”. His Bonnie McKee co-write “American Girl” in 2012 established Bonnie as an artist to be reckoned with in the US pop market. In 2013 he wrote and recorded various tracks with RCA’s Elle King which feature on her debut album “Love Stuff” released January 2015. Other recent writing sessions include James Bay, Ed Sheeran, Michelle Branch, Harry Styles, Kassia Conway and Danny Mercer.

2012 saw Jacknife achieve the extraordinary feat of having a UK Number 1 LP the same week that his work with Taylor Swift (mentioned above) was Number 1 in America. Truly an extraordinary achievement! It happened when Jacknife, Taylor and long time collaborator Gary Lightbody, wrote the stunning “The Last Chance” which JKL went on to produce and is now on her hugely successful LP “Red”, an album that sold over a million copies in week one of release, over 6 million copies worldwide and has since been nominated for album of the year at the annual CMA awards and a 2014 Grammy Award. The British success came from his writing and production work with Robbie Williams over the summer when he produced the latter’s UK Number 1 LP “Take The Crown” and UK Number 1 single “Candy”.

Also in 2012 Jacknife Lee produced the new album for Two Door Cinema Club “Beacon” and the new album for the Silversun Pickups “Neck Of The Woods” and has recently finished producing the forthcoming sophomore LP for Lissie “Back To Forever”.

Over the years, Jacknife has had the privilege of working with some of the biggest names in rock. Foremost amongst these was the legendary R.E.M. Jacknife has produced and mix two albums from the band, “Collapse Into Now”, the follow up to the highly regarded 2008 album “Accelerate” which he produced a few years earlier.  Where the latter was universally regarded as one of the band’s most exciting rock records, “Collapse Into Now”  has a broader spectrum of production style, some stunning ballads and acoustic driven mid tempo tracks, but also some classic R.E.M rock stompers. Featuring the stunning singles “UBerlin” and the heart achingly beautiful “Oh My Heart”, this album reminds us all why R.E.M were loved by millions of fans worldwide and are sorely missed.

Jacknife has also had a creative partnership that spans two albums with everyone’s favourite hipsters Weezer. Originally summoned over to work with them in 2008, to work on the eponymous album of that year, Jacknife produced the hits from that record “Pork And Beans” and “Troublemaker”. When they went back into the studio to make what would become “Raditude” Jacknife was drafted in and worked on many tracks on the record, which went on to debut at 7 on the Billboard chart in 2009.

Jacknife Lee has a long and extremely creative relationship with one of Britain’s most successful bands, Snow Patrol. He has produced four albums for the band. The stunning "Final Straw" which has gone on to sell well in excess of two million copies, “Eyes Open” which is the 15th bestselling album of the 2000’s decade in the UK, “A Hundred Million Suns” in 2008 and lastly “Fallen Empires” in 2011 which has now gone on to sell a million copies and on release thumped straight into the Top 5 album charts in Ireland, Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. The album was recorded in Malibu and mixed in JKL’s studio in Topanga Canyon.

Also in 2010 Jacknife produced four tracks for the highly regarded techno noiseniks Crystal Castles, including the singles “Baptism” and the air play hit “Not In Love”, recently revocaled by Robert Smith. Hailed as one of the most important contemporary electronic acts around, Jacknife’s involvement in the record is indicative of the many different genres of music he has found success with. He has also collaborated with the band again for the follow up “Ill”.

Also in 2010 Jacknife had a thoroughly enjoyable recording session with a long time admired artist – Ric Ocasek. The resulting 5 tracks he produced for Ric are featured on his album “Move Like This” including the singles “Blue Tip” and “Sad Song”. Other interesting writing projects of recent years are his writing/production for Activision on the high tech video game ‘Blur’. Released in the early part of 2010, it set a new standard in racing games and with JKL’s frenetic, electronic soundtrack, captivated teenage minds across the globe.

In 2009 Jacknife was privileged to work with the uber-talented Regina Spektor. They found time to complete three tracks, all which feature on her stunning album “Far”, including the beautiful first single “Laughing With” and follow up single “Dance Anthem Of The 80s”.

While Jacknife was still a resident in the UK prior to his move in 2008, he had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest and most exciting British acts. Included in this was the Bloc Party and his production work across two albums for the band “Weekend In The City” and "Intimacy" saw then become one of the most important indie bands of that period. “Weekend” established the band in America and is considered by many fans to be the band’s finest album. His production work on the band’s next record “Intimacy”  and the successful singles  from it “One Last Chance” and “Flux”, heralded an exciting change in direction for the band - a much more electronic and dance floor driven sound.

In 2006 Jacknife produced the The Editors album "An End Has A Start" which entered the UK National LP chart at Number 1 on release, and has gone on to sell platinum in the UK. Hailed by fans and critics alike as one of the most significant releases of that year, it spawned the gorgeous singles "Smokers" and "An End Has A Start".

During 2006 he also found time to complete writing and producing tracks for his own artist album under the moniker Jacknife Lee released on Fiction Records, as well as working on new material for one of his other creative collaborations, Saville Robots. During 2005 Garret worked with both established acts and those about to breakthrough, on some truly beautiful records. He produced the stunning Editors single "Bullets", and worked with The Freelance Hellraiser on his debut for Brightside/Sony, "Waiting For Clearance". Garret co produced the first single "Want You To Know" as well as the future singles "Real Soul LED" and the title track off the album "Waiting For Clearance".

At the beginning of 2005, Garret produced Atlantic America's hard rockers Vaux debut album "Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice". It was in 2004 that Garret spent the highly creative and productive period of time with U2, working on tracks that would become the multimillion selling album "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb". Garret has production credits on seven tracks on the album, including the Grammy Award winning "City Of Blinding Lights", the stunning "A Man And A Woman" as well as "One Step Closer". During the summer of 2005, Garret was once again called on by U2 for more additional production and mixes for various tracks featuring on upcoming soundtracks.

In 2004 he produced three singles off Aqualung's album for Warners and produced eight tracks for BMG artist Kasabian's debut album. Garret is also an established remixer and has in the past remixed singles by U2, Christina Aguilera, New Order, Longview, Buck 65,Elkland and Lost Prophets. In 2003 he remixed singles by T.L.C., Pink, Eminem, Junior Senior, Aqualung, Harry, F.S.O.L., Dirty Vegas & Badly Drawn Boy and reproduced 'It's Tricky' by Run DMC for a single release and remixed Basement Jaxx 'Where's Your Head At' for US release.

Garret's material is also featured on adverts and movies including the #1 movie ‘28 Days Later’. In 2010 Gary Lightbody and JKL wrote and produced the score for the critically acclaimed Irish film “My Brothers”. The pair were nominated for Best Original Score at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards later that year.

Title Artist Label Credit
Melody Road Neil Diamond Capitol Co-Produced
Various Tracks for there Upcoming LP Raury Columbia Produced
Multiple Tracks for 'Coming Up For Air' Kodaline Sony Produced
Single 'Honest' Kodaline Sony Produced
Various Tracks for upcoming album 'Love Stuff' Elle King RCA Wrote/Produced
Heart and Soul & Brothers and Sisters Twin Atlantic Red Bull Records Produced
Something Great One Direction Sony Co-wrote / Produced
The Last Chance Taylor Swift Big Machine LP Track/Co Wrote/Produced
Take The Crown & Candy Robbie Williams Island Co-Wrote/Produced
Beacon Two Door Cinema Club Glassnote/Kitsune Produced
American Girl Bonnie McKee Epic Co-Wrote
Back To Forever Lissie Columbia Produced
The Ghost Of The Mountain Tired Pony Fiction/Universal LP Co Wrote/Produced/Mixed
Fallen Empires Snow Patrol Fiction/Universal Co-Wrote/Produced/Mixed
Neck Of The Woods Silversun Pickups Dangerbird Produced
Move Like This The Cars Hear Music Produced/Mixed
Collapse Into Now REM Warner Produced/Mixed
The Place We Ran From Tired Pony Mom And Pop Wrote/Produced
Film OST My Brothers   Wrote/Produced
Singles/Various Tracks Crystal Castles Fiction Produced
Live LP REM Warner Mixed
Up To Now Snow Patrol Fiction Co-Wrote/Produced/Mixed
OST Blur (Game) Activision Wrote/Produced/Mixed
Raditude Weezer Interscope Produced
Various Tracks/Far LP Regina Spektor Warner Produced/Mixed
Pork And Beans/Troublemaker Weezer Interscope Produced
A Hundred Million Suns Snow Patrol Fiction Produced/Mixed
Intimacy Bloc Party Wichita Produced/Mixed
Accelerate REM Warner Produced/Mixed
A Weekend In The City Bloc Party Wichita/V2 Produced
Deceleration Of War/Fame Over/Driving Nowhere Hadouken Atlantic Produced/Mixed
An End Has A Start Editors Kitchenware/Sony Produced
Eyes Open Snow Patrol Fiction Produced
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb U2 Universal Co Produced
Final Straw Snow Patrol Fiction Produced/Mixed
Tick, Tick, Boom The Hives Universal Produced
You And Others Vega 4 Taste Media Produced/Mixed
Vaux Beyond Virtue Beyond Vice Atlantic Produced
Bullets Editors Sony Produced/Mixed
Waiting For The Sirens Call New Order WEA Produced/Remixed
Still Life Aqualung B-Unique Produced/Remixed
Brighter Than Sunshine Aqualung B-Unique Produced/Mixed
Brighter Than Sunshine Aqualung B-Unique Produced/Mixed
Kissing Time Marianne Faithful & Blur Virgin Co Produced
Reason Is Treason Kasabian BMG Produced/Mixed
It's Tricky RUN DMC BMG Additional Production/Mixed
Just Like A Pil Pink BMG Additional Production/Mixed
Girl Talk TLC Arista Additional Production/Mixed
28 Days Later Ave Maria XL Production/Mixed
The Great Love Sound The Raveonettes Columbia Remixed
Can't Hold Us Down Christina Aguleira FT Lil Kim BMG Remixed
Wicked And Weird Buck 65 Warners Mixed/Remixed
Cleaning Out My Closet Eminem Interscope Remixed
Where's Your Head At? Basement Jaxx XL Remixed
Get Your Freak On Missy Elliot East West Remixed
Mello Hippo Future Sound Of London PID Remixed
Airbag Radiohead Parlaphone Remixed
Simple Things Dirty Vegas Parlaphone Remixed
Muy Rico! Jacknife Lee Pussyfoot Wrote/Produced
Punk Rock High Roller Jacknife Lee Palm Pictures Wrote/Produced
Forthcoming Title Jacknife Lee One Little Indian Mixed

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