Roy Kerr

There are very few producers who can literally be called pioneers, but Roy Kerr (FKA The Freelance Hellraiser) is one of them. It all started with a little bootleg, cooked up in his bedroom, called ‘Stroke of Genius’, that wickedly sampled The Strokes and Christine Aguilera. It became a dance floor anthem in indie clubs the world over and set the stage for the bootleg/ mash up scene that exploded that year and still has a rightful place in club land today.

But Roy is so much more than the mash-up king. In 2008, he has consolidated his reputation as one of the most talented writer producers in the electronic/ pop arena. Teamed up with fellow producer and musician Anu Pillai AKA Freeform 5, the pair have been working with some of the most hotly tipped electro-pop artists to emerge in recent years. Under the moniker of Kid Gloves Roy and Anu had their first hit for Universal's Ladyhawke with the disco-thumping ‘Paris Is Burning’, a Radio 1 favourite. They have also written and produced further tracks for her debut album for Modular. The pair spent a large part of the beginning of 2009 writing and recording for Little Boots. You can hear their production skills on her stunning debut album “Hands”, on the tracks “Symmetry” and “Not Now”.

Also in 2009, they hooked up with VV Brown and wrote and produced “Game Over” for her  Island LP “Travelling Through The Light” and also just completed sessions with Atlantic signing Primary 1 and they have production credits on three tracks on his debut album.

In addition to this, the pair concentrated on writing and producing more ‘club’ orientated material, culminating on their first release on Fools Gold “Brand New Dance” and some barnstorming DJ sets at that year’s WMC in Miami. The remixes the pair have done over the past few years for Santogold, Roisin Murphy, The Black Kids amongst others, have had dance floors shaking!

2010 was another highly creative year for Kid Gloves. They were in big demand as quirky pop producers and wrote and produced tracks for a host of emerging US and UK talent including Tawiah, The Duchess, Hero, Lana Del Ray, Loick and Flo. Also this year they had an incredibly creative session with New York hipsters The Knock, produced  a fantastic underground record for the Scissor Sisters, and found European success by producing and mixing tracks on “Lokemo” by Belgium act Arsenal. The album has now gone gold in Belgium.

Roy and Anu also write and release material through Fools Gold. Their first release “Bare Knuckle Ride” went straight into top ten on Beatport and has been spun by Annie Mac on Radio 1.

In 2012, a track that Roy and Anu wrote with Lana del Ray was hear d by Cheryl Cole and so keen was the latter on the pair’s production that the track “Ghetto Baby” ended up featured on her latest LP.

In 2012, Roy hooked up with fellow Big Lifer Timmy B and formed a production due called MyRiot. Initially thrown together to work on tracks for the last Scissor Sisters LP “Magic Hour”, the pair found a musical synergy and began to work with other artists, including Chloe Howl (Columbia). The highlight of their collaboration came in 2013 when the pair were asked to produce the London Grammar LP for Ministry of Sound. The resulting album “If You Wait” has become one of the most talked about debut albums of 2013. On the eve of release it has spawned two A list Radio 1 singles already and has been licensed all over the world for release.

Roy hasn't abandoned his work under his Freelance moniker and spent a large period of 2012 writing and producing tracks for Dominique Young Unique. Plus remixing for The Verve,  Imelda May, Hard Fi and The Sound Of Arrows.

Over the last few years Roy has made a name for himself with some high profile and lucrative synchronisations, writing and producing material for worldwide campaigns for both Bacardi and Nokia. He continues to work actively in this arena, having just completed producing music for the current William Hill campaign.

Roy also has a long-standing relationship with Jacknife Lee and has programmed for him on numerous projects over the last few years. In 2009 he spent a highly creative time with JKL down in his Kentish studio where they were busy creating music for the Activision video game “Blur” and Roy was out in LA with JKL again in 2011, writing tracks for  various alternative electronic acts. While Roy was out in LA, he also spent time writing with Rock Nation and techno maestro Claude von Stroke.

2006 was the year that Roy came into his own as an artist. Writing sessions with Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and Iain Archer turned into his stunning debut album for Sony imprint Brightside, ‘Waiting For Clearance’. The album spawned the stunning singles ‘Want You To Know’ and ‘Weightlessness’, a Hellraiser remix of this was a firm Zane Lowe favourite.

During 2006, Roy also found the time to remix for the likes of Snow Patrol, The Klaxons, Editors, Humanzi, Rasmus and The Darkness. He also produced singles for Lady Posh and spent some time producing material for Freeform Five.

2005 was another busy year for Roy. He spent a huge six months on tour in America with Sir Paul McCartney, DJing as opening act. This is the second tour Roy has done for Paul in the past few years. The pair have also collaborated on an album together under the moniker of Twin Freaks, where Roy has used his remix skills and created his own take on the entire McCartney catalogue.

When not on the road, in 2005 Roy remixed the likes of Editors, White Rose Movement, Bodyrockers and Rasmus.

In 2004, FLH also completed a reproduction of Placebo’s next single for Virgin/HUT. That year he also remixed singles for Kasabian, Chikinki, Ocean Colour Scene and Heron.

In 2003 his remixes included Pink, Just Jack, Badly Drawn Boy, Northern State and Christina Aguilera singles. FLH also produced the single by Marianne Faithful & Blur that features in the Ericsson TV ad.

In the past his remixes have included singles by Ashanti, Richard Ashcroft, Shakira, Ian Brown, The Polyphonic Spree, The Reindeer Section, Cosmos, Gomez and Sum 41 in his own distinctive style.

He is a regular guest DJ on Kiss FM and Xfm and travels the globe as a highly prized DJ.

Title Artist Label Credit
If You Wait London Grammar Ministry of Sound Co-Produced
Forthcoming Tracks Dominique Young Unique Sony Co-Wrote/Produced
Ghetto Baby Cheryl Cole Polydor Co-Wrote/Produced
Forthcoming LP Chlöe Howl Columbia Produced
Forthcoming LP Enfant TBC Co-Wrote/Produced/Mixed
Good For Nothing Hard-Fi Atlantic Remixed
Pulling The Rug Imelda May Decca Remixed
Lokemo Arsenal Playout! Produced/Mixed
Loaded Gun The Knocks Heavy Roc Music  
Bare Knuckle Ride Kid Gloves Fools Gold Wrote/Produced
Forthcoming Tracks Tawiah Atlantic Co-Wrote/Produced
Symmetry Little Boots 679 Co-Wrote/Produced
Love Kills Little Boots 679 Co-Wrote/Produced
Not Now Little Boots 679 Produced
Make Up Little Boots 679 Co-Wrote/Produced
Game Over VV Brown Island Co-Wrote/Produced
Paris Is Burning Ladyhawke Universal/Modular Co-Wrote/Produced
Manipulating Women Ladyhawke Universal/Modular Co-Wrote/Produced
Lights Out Santigold EMI Remixed
Went To A Party The Clik Clik TBC Produced
Love Is Noise The Verve EMI Remixed
Movie Star Roisin Murphy EMI Remixed
Underground Brightside Das Pop Sony BMG Remixed
Shine Take That Universal Remixed
Waiting For Clearance The Freelance Hellraiser Sony BMG Wrote/Produced
Stroke Of Genius The Freelance Hellraiser    
Blood Editors Kitchenware Remixed
Atlantis To Interzone Klaxons Polydor Remixed
Eyes Open Snow Patrol Fiction Remixed
Girlfriend The Darkness Atlantic Remixed
Diet Pills Humazi Fiction Remixed
Mama Said Knock You Out Lady Posh TBC Produced
What's That You're Doing Twin Freaks EMI Remixed
Raise Your Hands Ike & Tina Turner   Remixed
English Summer Rain Placebo Virgin Produced/Mixed
Fighter Christina Aguilera BMG Additional Production/Mixed
Want You To Know No Dancing The Freelance Hellraiser   Wrote/Produced
Tripple Tone Eyes Just Jack RGR Remixed
Objection (Tango) Shakira Epic Remixed
Check The Meaning Richard Ashcroft Hut Remixed
Foolish Ashanti Def Jam Remixed
Northern Lights Ian Brown Polydor Remixed
Soldier Girl The Polyphonic Spree 679/Warners Remixed
Shot Shot Gomez   Remixed

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