Joe Cross

In the few short years that Joe has been focusing on his production career, he has made a real impact and had some stunning successes. As the main writer and producer of the fantastic electro pop act Performance, Big Life’s association with Joe has been long and successful. But his reputation as a fantastic top line writer and track producer has begun to open many doors for him and lead to his involvement in some very exciting projects.

Key amongst these has been his involvement with Hurts. The lads from the band have always been big Performance fans, and as both acts hailed from Manchester, it was an obvious choice that they would approach Joe to collaborate on their debut album “Happiness”. Joe had a massive impact on the album and co-write and co produced not only the key singles “Better Than Love” and “Wonderful Life”, but also the album title track “Happiness”. The album on release went Top 5 in the UK and Top 10 in many European countries including Greece, Germany, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and Poland. It has achieved Platinum sales in Germany and Poland and gold sales in the UK, Russia and Austria.

Joe’s longstanding relationship with The Courteeners in 2013 saw him produce their critically acclaimed album ‘Anna’, they’re long awaited third album which charted at a massive number six in the UK album charts on release. It drew in new fans, bloggers and stunning reviews from the likes of the Guardian who said ‘proof that four guys can still shake the world’ and pop matters who wrote ‘Anna is every bit as infectious as their impressive debut, but it is bigger, glossier, and clearly intended to be played in massive, sold out stadiums in places like Shanghai or Atlanta’. As 2014 kicks off, you’ll find Joe hard at work on The Courteeners following and much anticipated fourth album.

In 2013 Joe co-wrote and produced Berlin’s very own Island records artist I Heart Sharks who have been described as ‘creators of daringly ambitious pop music to violently tear you from the dreary quotidian and throw you into a world where promises are kept, where every day is summer’ and are shaping up to play a big part in the uber cool Berlin alternative music scene.

Joe has also produced and co-wrote multi-national pop star Jana Leipziger’s album ‘Contradictions’ in 2013. The album got great reviews across the board describing it as powerful and infectious with one review saying ‘A pop star from Frankfurt via Mallorca, Paris, London, Zurich and New York. Her songs could have come from any or all of these great cities, being a placeless sort of magisterial and melodic, icily infectious but emotionally engaging 21st century electronic pop music.’

Universal signed electronic act The Sound of Arrows enlisted Joe for his co-writing and production skills on their debut album. The results included the first single 'Nova.' The album went on to achieve considerable success in Sweden, Spain and South America. Joe is currently working on an associated act, Kids of the Apocalypse, so watch this space."Joe is currently working on a new project with KOTA so watch this space…

Joe is currently hugely in demand as a top line collaborator doing sessions with KOTA and producing two tracks on the LP of Irelands most loved indie band The Coronas who have recently shared stages with the likes of Justin Timberlake, The Script and Tinie Tempah and have released 3 albums to critical acclaim in a career that’s spans over 10 years.

Joe is hugely respected in Manchester and much of his early production work stems from working with the city’s freshest new talent. This includes the much hyped band The Heartbreaks, a recent NME/ radar featured act and Uproar coverstars.  The band’s first single produced and mixed by Joe was hailed everywhere from the NME to Steve Lamacq, called ‘achingly beautiful’ by the Independent and the ‘hottest download’ by the Sunday Times. Joe produced half their debut album, Funtimes, which went on to gain huge success in Japan, spawning the number nine single Delay, Delay.  Joe has recently completed another 3 tracks for the band’s follow up.

2011 was a hugely successful year for Joe. Performance resigned to BMG in Germany and Joe and Co-wrote and produced their album that was released later that year. They toured extensively throughout Europe with Human League and played select European festivals throughout the summer.

In 2010 Joe also had a writing session with the Moshi Moshi/ Island signed act Cock’n’Bull Kid and it produced an out of the box smash!  Album producer Liam Howe and Joe co produced the track “One Eye Open” and the result is a stormer of an electro pop record that went on to be the artists’ first single from the critically acclaimed “Adulthood” album. Such is his strength as a songwriter that he has also completed writing sessions with the hotly-tipped Hero, American artist Tom Andrews, and most recently with hugely successful dance producer Alex Metric. You'll find his other recent co-writes appearing on the records of Warner Germany's Ben Ivory, the Tensnake-produced Fiora debut and Universal Germany's Livingstone.

Clearly the success of the Hurts album in Germany especially has meant that Joe has been in hot demand in that territory as a writer / producer and has been invited to some exciting writer camps over there. So far this year he has written and produced singles for a host of established acts and some new exciting talent. Foremost amongst these is Thomas Azier. In only a handful of days in Joe’s studio, the pair have written a smash single that has already seen much interest in the film sync world and will be a key track for the artist’s forthcoming album. Joe and Thomas are scheduled to write together early in the new year.

Also this year Joe has remixed Firefoxx for Sony Germany, written the German acts Strify and Die Orsons and recently written with Johhny from Zoot Woman for a Stewart Price produced album later in the year. He is continuing his collaborations with Stefan Storm from The Sound of Arrows and had successful writing session with Lana del Ray and Liam Howe earlier in the year. He has also recently been in the studio writing with the hotly tipped American act Mikki Ekko.

Lately, Joe has written/produced tracks with Chlöe Howl and contributed production to the London buzzband Storms. He is currently working with Little Boots.

Title Artist Label Credit
Wonderful Life Hurts Sony Co Wrote/Produced
Are You In Love With A Notion The Courteeners Cooking Vinyl Produced
LP Tracks The Coronas TBC Produced
Paper Heart Chlöe Howl Columbia Produced
Anthems I Heart Sharks Island Co Wrote/Produced
Contradictions Jana Leipziger TBC Co Wrote/Produced
LP Tracks The Sound of Arrows Geffen Co Wrote/Produced
Forthcoming Tracks Thomas Azier Universal Co Wrote/Produced
Wildfire Tom Andrews Interscope Co Wrote/Produced
Tracks Mykki Ekko RCA Co Wrote
Track Zoot Woman WoS Co Wrote
Perfect Dream Livingstone Universal Co Wrote/Produced/Mixed
A Language Performance BMG Co Wrote/Produced/Mixed
Red Brick Heart Performance Too Much Info Co Wrote/Produced/Mixed
We Are Performance Performance Too Much Info Co Wrote/Produced/Mixed
Nova The Sound of Arrows Geffen Co Wrote/Produced
Jealous Don't You Know The Heartbreaks PIAS Produced
One Eye Open Cocknbullkid Island Co Wrote/Produced
Album Forthcoming Wheels TBC Produced/Mixed
UR My Girl Kiss In Cities TBC Produced/Mixed
Forthcoming Tracks Techniques TBC Produced/Mixed
Forthcoming Tracks Hero TBC Co Wrote/Produced/Mixed

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