London, UK (October 22, 2018)—Producer, composer and arranger Giles Martin has been named to a newly-created position as head of Audio & Sound for Universal Music Group (UMG). He will be based in Abbey Road Studios in London.
In the global role, Martin will lead UMG’s adoption of emerging audio formats and consumer technologies, as well as examine new audio technologies and potential partnerships with manufacturers and technology companies. In the position, Martin is expected to help production personnel focus on fidelity and encourage UMG artists to use the company’s studios such as Abbey Road in London and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.
“The landscape of the way people listen to music has changed dramatically,” he said in a statement. “This is an exciting time. New technology should ensure the artist can now connect directly with the listener and it’s our job as the music industry to make sure that connection is as clear and direct as possible. UMG artists have the best recording facilities in the world. We need to encourage artists to innovate and create great sounding music and to make sure this can be heard by everyone in the best way possible. It’s inspiring to be given the opportunity to work with an amazing team at UMG to push the boundaries of audio and sound for both the artist and the music lover.”
Martin started his production career working with UK indie bands including Kula Shaker, Monorail and My Life Story. In 2004, he produced Hayley Westenra’s multi-platinum album Pure, the UK’s fastest-selling classical album of all time. Working with his father, the late, legendary producer George Martin, Giles has also worked with Jeff Beck, Kate Bush, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell and Sting. He was recently named executive music director for the band INXS and its label Petrol Records, and he serves as the Sound Experience leader for the audio company SONOS.
Perhaps inevitably, much of his career has been spent curating and expanding upon his father’s initial work with the Beatles. In 2007, Giles Martin won two Grammy awards for the soundtrack LOVE, an album of remixed Beatles music co-produced with his father. His film work has included the documentary feature The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years, Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World and the British action franchise Kingsman. This year, he has been producing music for the upcoming Sir Elton John biopic, Rocketman.
Martin produced tracks and served as executive producer on Paul McCartney’s 2013 album New and has been the producer in charge of recent Beatles remix packages including last year’s Emmy Award-winning, 50th anniversary release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, remied into the immersive Dolby Atmos format. He did this again a few months later with a new 30th anniversary mix of INXS’ album Kick.
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