SIR GEORGE MARTIN

July 15th, 2010

George Martin, recognized as one of music’s most versatile and imaginative talents, entered the music industry in 1950 after studying at the Guildhall School of Music and playing the oboe professionally in London. He began recording classical music specializing in the Baroque period. His later experience with jazz and pop led to his appointment as Head of the Parlophone label in the EMI Group in 1955.

As a producer he has been responsible for bringing a host of artists into recording studios particularly in the humorous field with brilliant performers such as Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Flanders and Swann and the ‘Beyond the Fringe’ team – Jonathan Miller, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. He has also worked with jazz artists Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttelton and the legendary Stan Getz.

But it was his decision in 1962 to sign The Beatles to EMI – a decision which launched them on their remarkable career, producing every record they made until they disbanded in 1970, which changed the face of music.

Mark Ross

July 14th, 2010

Mark  has a long standing career in the music business.  Starting at the age of 17 logging tapes in the warehouse of Atlantic Records, he worked his way up the ladder working at every conceivable position.  From assistant engineer to road manager, to live sound , to A&R and producer.  Mark has had the good fortune to work with artists such as Pantera, Quincy Jones, AC/DC, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Boccelli, Metallica, and Frank Sinatra.  His most recent ventures prior to GMM included an imprint label distributed by the Universal Music Group, and being the Executive Director of Quincy Jones Productions.

Sir George Martin

July 11th, 2010

This uber-producer’s effect on producing and pop music is hard to put into words..  Sir  George changed the way music was recorded, and in the process signed and produced the most important records of pop history including the entire Beatles catalog.  He is also responsible for multiple albums from America and from Jeff Beck, including Jeff’s ground breaking Wired and Blow By Blow.  Along with co-founding the company, Sir George has executive produced a collection of early 60’s rock for the GrandMaster producer series.

Terry Date

July 10th, 2010

Date has been producing multi-platinum acts for the past 25 years and was instrumental in creating what has become known as “The Seattle Sound”.  His trademark ‘Loud and Clear’ production has helped define a genre and achieved countless sales along the way.
Since the early ’90s Terry has recorded with such hard rock luminaries as Soundgarden, Pantera, Dream Theater, White Zombie, Prong, Slipknot, Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins, and Ozzy Osbourne.  Terry’s first album for GrandMaster is a no holds barred blaze of in your face rock.

Nick Launay

July 9th, 2010

Nick Launay is currently one of the most sort after producers in the world due to his success with recent albums by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, and Nick Cave & the bad seeds.
He is among the most prominent producers of the post-punk era, helming records from pivotal acts including: Talking Heads, Public Image Limited (Johnny Rotten), Gang of Four, Killing Joke, Lou Reed, and the Birthday Party.
Launay is known primarily for his passionate approach to recording with emphasis on raw sounds and capturing mood.  In the last 8 years he has produced albums for Supergrass, Mystery Jets, Grinderman, The Cribs (Johnny Marr from the Smiths) and the Last 6 Nick Cave Albums (including Grinderman)
Although from England, Nick also spent 8 years living in Australia, during which time he made some of that country’s most well known albums by Midnight Oil (x3), INXS, and Silverchair (x3).
In interviews he has often expressed his keenness to make music for Films, so his inclusion in this collection was a natural one.

Hugh Padgham

July 9th, 2010

A poll in Mix magazine voted Hugh one of the world’s Top Ten Most Influential Producers.  Born and raised in

Britain, Padgham started out as a tape operator at Advision Studios, working in recording sessions for Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He has won a string of awards, including four Grammys, with Producer of the Year  and Engineer of the Year amongst them. He has engineered and produced acts including The Police, Genesis, XTC, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and Sting.  Hugh’s first album for GrandMaster is a classic collection of 80’s pop/rock.  He is currently working on his second album for GrandMaster which is an eclectic mix of 70’s and 80’s rock.

GrandMaster about to sign 2 new producers

July 9th, 2010

GrandMaster finalizing negotiations with