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Tony Visconti
  • Tony Visconti
    Producer / Arranger / Mixer

Tony Visconti has been described as one of the most important producers in the history of rock. Here are just a few of the classic musical moments Visconti helped to create. “Get It On (Bang A Gong)” and “Cosmic Dancer” by T. Rex are true cornerstones of rock and roll. David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” “Heroes” and “The Man Who Sold The World” are masterpieces. The Moody Blues’ “Your Wildest Dreams” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” are indelibly etched into our collective memory. And there are so many more.

Entering 2016, Tony co-produced a new David Bowie album entitled Blackstar (★ )   The debut single, “Blackstar (★ )”, released November 19, 2015, is also the theme for the British television crime series The Last Panthers.  The album Blackstar (★ )  will be released January 8, 2016.  Tony has also co-produced a new album for Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/artist Esperanza Spalding entitled Emily’s D+Evolution.

In 2014, Visconti delivered a new Bowie single entitled “Sue (Or In A Season of Crime) from the release, Nothing Has Changed 3-CD set!  He also produced a new album by one of the most exciting and vibrant artists ever to grace the stage, Kristeen Young. Her new album, The Knife Shift, features guest drummer and guest guitarist Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters (recorded on the legendary Sound City Neve console).  Visconti also produced the debut release by Britain’s iconic and elegant artist Daphne Guinness.  Additionally, Visconti collaborated on a beautifully-crafted album with composer Stephen Emmer featuring the great voices of Midge Ure (Ultravox), Julian Lennon and Glen Gregory (Heaven 17) called International Blue.

In 2013, we saw Visconti’s David Bowie production “Where Are We Now” (the surprise single that shocked the world), along with the album The Next Day, debuting at #1 in 21 different countries.

Tony also contributed to The Foo Fighters’ latest release, Sonic Highways, playing guitar, writing the arrangement and conducting the choir on “I Am A River”.  See him on the HBO special featuring Dave, Taylor and the band on the episode featuring New York!

Previously, Visconti produced Angelique Kidjo’s Djin Djin, featuring guest artists Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Joss Stone and Ziggy Marley, earning Tony his first Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album.  It is Kidjo’s best-selling album to date!  Visconti also had a #1 release with Morrissey’s solo album Ringleader of the Tormentors just a year earlier!

His autobiography, Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy (Harper Collins UK) is an evocative, brilliant overview of Visconti’s life, musical beginnings, adventures in London with David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Thin Lizzy and Paul McCartney and so much more.

The Visconti style is versatile and mercurial, vis-à-vis Thin Lizzy, Luscious Jackson, The Strawbs, U2, Fall Out Boy, Alejandro Escovedo, Gentle Giant, Mercury Rev, Sparks, Badfinger, The Alarm, D-Generation, Kristeen Young and Elaine Paige, the queen of British musical theater.

Producer, arranger, musician, mixer, exemplary collaborator-Visconti is all of these. He is also among the greatest and most genuine musical souls of our industry. For more stories from Tony’s exciting career, watch his 2016 music keynote speech at the SXSW Conference.

 

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CMW:
FYI Music News Review – May 2016
The Reviews Are In – Holy Holy Review – May 2016

SXSW:
Chicago Tribune Keynote Review – March 2016
Vulture Keynote Review – March 2016
Billboard Keynote Review – March 2016
Austin 360 Blog Review – March 2016

NEWS:

Bristol Post – June 2015
Justin Hayward Talks About Legendary Producer Tony Visconti – June 2014
Rolling Stone France – Dec 2011
The Independent – May 2010
This Is Devon – Mar 2010
Austin Chronicle – June 2008

RECORD REVIEWS:
David Bowie:
NY Times – Jan 2016
NY Times – Jan 2013
Rolling Stone – Jan 2013
Hollywood Reporter – Jan 2013

Daphne Guinness:
NY Times – May 2016
Telegraph UK – May 2016
Noisey/Vice – May 2016
Four Oh Five Interview – May 2016

Esperanza Spalding:
Pop Matters Review – March 2016
Associated Press – March 2016

Billboard – January 2016

Capsula:
Chicago Tribune
Rolling Stone

Alejandro Escovedo:
Boston.com
Huffington Post
Pop Dose
NY Times
Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine
Austin Chronicle
NY Times

Lucy Woodward: MWE3.com

Danielle Spencer: 
Independent
Mojo

Morrissey: NME

Manic Street Preachers: Independent UK

INTERVIEWS:

Rock & Folk– October 2015
Frequency – Sep 2011

APPEARANCES:

Red Bull Academy Lecture 1
Red Bull Academy Lecture 2