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Geoff Barrow
Birth name Geoffrey Paul Barrow
Born 9 December 1971
Origin Walton in Gordano, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Years active 1991–present
Labels Invada Records
Associated acts Portishead

Geoffrey Paul Barrow (born 9 December 1971, Walton in Gordano, Somerset, England, United Kingdom) is the producer/instrumentalist for Portishead.

Portishead—formed in 1991—was named after the small town near Bristol where Barrow grew up.[1] On his intentions in forming Portishead, he has stated, "I just wanted to make interesting music, proper songs with a proper life span and a decent place in people's record collections."[2]



Geoff and his mother moved to the town Portishead when he was eleven after his parents divorced. After being involved in many local rock bands, playing drums and dj'ing in hiphop groups, Barrow got his first job at the Coach House Studios as a tape operator soon after the it opened in 1989.[1] In 1991, while he was assisting on Massive Attack's breakthrough album Blue Lines, the band allowed him spare studio time to get his own ideas on tape. A few years later, when the Portishead project had been assembled, the group came back to record "Sour Times" in that same studio. At the dawn of the '90s, Barrow was making a name for himself as a remixer, working with such artists as Primal Scream, Paul Weller, Gabrielle and Depeche Mode. In addition, Barrow had produced a track for Tricky and written songs for Neneh Cherry.

In 2001, he formed the Australian record label, Invada Records (whose artist roster includes acts such as RuC.L and ARIA-award-winning group Koolism), together with Katalyst's Ashley Anderson.[1]

In 2003, Barrow set up Invada UK, a more experimental music label with partner Fat Paul, signing bands such as Gonga, Team Brick, Atavist, malakai and Crippled Black Phoenix. As "Fuzzface", Barrow co-produced and co-wrote Stephanie McKay's 2003 debut album, "McKay",[3] featuring songs co-penned by Tim Saul and Carl Hancock Rux. He has also remixed songs for both Gravediggaz and The Pharcyde.

In 2005, Barrow, along with Adrian Utley, produced The Coral's third album, The Invisible Invasion. He and the other members of Portishead recorded and released an album in April 2008, titled Third.

In 2009, Barrow produced The Horrors' sophomore album Primary Colours.

Barrow's new project is BEAK> with Billy Fuller (Fuzz Against Junk) and Matt Williams (Team Brick).[4] The music was recorded live in one room with no overdubs or repair, only using edits to create arrangements. All tracks were written over a twelve-day session in Bristol, England. The self-titled debut was released on November 17, 2009.


He provided scratching on a couple of songs on Earthling's 1995 album, Radar.


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