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Giles Martin

Giles Martin backstage at the show LOVE
Background information
Birth name Giles Martin
Born 9 October 1969 (1969-10-09) (age 40)
Labels C.A. Management

Giles Martin (born 9 October 1969) is an English record producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the son of Sir George Martin, famed producer of almost all of The Beatles' records.

Biography

Giles Martin grew up without much awareness of The Beatles, and was discouraged by his father from pursuing a career in music lest the inevitable comparisons should be made. Giles ignored the advice, first playing in the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful band Velvet Jones, then writing jingles in college, then working in various musical capacities in the UK. In 1995, he was appointed co-music director for the television and radio music countdown show, The Great Music Experience. He worked on the Party at the Palace concert to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, for which he also produced the subsequent album and DVD.

Martin's first notable producer role came with the high-selling UK band Kula Shaker. After that, his production and mixing credits came to include Jeff Beck, Elvis Costello, INXS, and Kate Bush. In 2004 Martin produced Hayley Westenra's multi-platinum album Pure, the UK’s fastest-selling classical album of all time.

Giles Martin collaborated with his father to remix, rearrange, and recombine the music of The Beatles into a soundscape for Love, a theatrical production of Cirque du Soleil, which opened to acclaim at The Mirage in Las Vegas in June 2006. Giles Martin's expertise at digital music production and manipulation in particular is what allowed some of Love's wilder mash-ups to take place. He went on to produce the music for the final Broadway performance of Rent, filmed for posterity.

In 2009, Giles Martin returned to the Beatles catalogue, this time for The Beatles: Rock Band, a video game that allows players to simulate performing Beatles songs with plastic instruments. Martin produced the title's music, cleaning and reworking the audio to suit the game's mechanics.

Giles has been awarded two Grammy awards in his career to date.

Albums produced

  • 1994 The K’s (also known as Kula Shaker)(GUT)
  • 1994 My Life Story (Mother Tongue)
  • 1995 The Glory of Gershwin (Mercury)
  • 1995 The Choir (BBC)
  • 1995 The Great Music Experience
  • 1996 Monorail (Edel)
  • 1996 The Beatles Anthology (EMI/Apple)
  • 1996 Paramount Television
  • 1996/7/8 Velvet Jones (Naked)
  • 1996/7 In My Life (Echo/MCA)
  • 1997 Monorail (Edel)
  • 2000/1 The Alice Band (Instant Karma/Sony)
  • 2002 Party at the Palace – Live show, CD and DVD releases (EMI/Virgin)
  • 2003 Hayley Westenra – Pure (Universal/Decca)
  • 2004 Willard White – My Way (Sony/BMG)
  • 2004/5 Hayley Westenra – Odyssey (Universal/Decca)
  • 2004/06 – Love (Apple/Cirque du Soleil/MGM/EMI)
  • 2007 Kim Richey — Chinese Boxes (Vanguard)
  • 2007 Paco Peña — Requiem

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