Keynote by Gareth Jones (producer)
Born in 1954 Gareth Jones is an English music producer and engineer notable for working with Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten, Wire and Erasure amongst many others. Trained at the BBC, he began working at “Pathway” studios in the late Seventies where he recorded and mixed John Foxx’s Metamatic album in 1980 and the first Madness single, “The Prince”, in 1979. He helped build “The Garden” studio for John Foxx and worked with Tuxedomoon & Depeche there. Shortly afterwards he moved to Berlin and worked at the famous “Hansa” studio, where he continued experimenting with recording atmospheres and creating his own sound, making the three “Berlin Albums” with Depeche Mode. Gareth Jones was a pioneer in the use of digital equipment (including the then new sampling technology), combined with Analogue recording techniques and synthesizers. He worked with many bands in Berlin including Depeche & Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Fad Gadget, Wire, Diamanda Galas. He also recorded and mixed 2 soundtracks for Wim Wenders. In the early nineties he moved back to London and worked in many famous studios including Abbey Road, Miloco and The Strongroom in London. More recently he has mixed records by Efterklang, Grizzly Bear, Interpol, Mogwai, Sons and Daughters, Liars, The Futureheads & David’s Lyre. Remixes for SCUM, Erasure, Plastikman, Can, Goldfrapp, Orbital, Neu, Pizzicato 5. Production work (often including mixing) includes Emmy the Great, Wild Palms, We Have Band, These New Puritans, Clinic & Polly Scattergood.
During his keynote Gareth will focus on the producer’s role in developing an artist’s potential in the studio and share some of his working experiences. He may also discuss the major changes, which have occurred in the music industry and the music technology (recording techniques, sampling, producing) over the last 3 decades.