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Issue 139 - The Master Of Sound

Whisky Magazine Issue 139
October 2016


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The Master Of Sound

Danton Supple - record producer extraordinaire

Amongst the most trusted sherpas on the treacherous pathway within the music business is the record producer; the man or woman tasked by the record company to perfect the sound, performance and ultimately the commerciality of a record. Get it right and everyone is happy. Get it wrong and usually the first person to get the blame, is the producer.

Step forward Mr Danton Supple, a man I have known for over ten years and someone who I would consider to be one of the finest sherpas in the business. I can genuinely say that he has not only great ears and a wizardry behind the mixing desk, but also an unflappable cool and calming influence on even the most tense of recording sessions. He also likes the odd single malt or two after recording. These qualities have helped him build a solid career over the last 25 years, which makes for fascinating reading – and listening.

Danton began his career working as a studio engineer alongside the likes of legendary producers Trevor Horn, Steve Lillywhite and Paul Oakenfold, where he helped shape the sound of enormo-artists such as U2, The Cure, Dusty Springfield, The Pet Shop Boys and the late, great David Bowie. His excellence as a mixer was recognised by the likes of The Stone Roses' Ian Brown and Morrissey, which led to his big break – mixing Coldplay's worldwide smash, A Rush Of Blood To The Head. This successful partnership saw Danton take full production reigns on the band's follow up album, X&Y, which has, to date, sold more than ...

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