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.
2018 serves up a new The Good, The Bad and The Queen album, entitled Merrie Land, that Tony co-produced with Damon Albarn.
2017 saw a deluge of album productions including Perry Farrell, The Damned, Kristeen Young and Daphne Guinness; his Unsigned Heroes SkyArts television show, guest speaking duties at Reeperbahn and Dansk Live! and remixing the Bowie gem, Lodger, for the Bowie boxed set entitled New Career In A New Town.
The week of 12 February 2017 has become a milestone in Tony’s life: On Sunday night, 12 February, at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Tony received two Grammys for David Bowie’s Blackstar as Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Alternative Music Album. Visconti as co-producer and co-mixer. On Thursday night, 16 February, Tony received three MPG Awards in London for Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, International Producer of the Year and as producer on the UK Album of the Year for Blackstar.
In 2016, Tony co-produced the final David Bowie album entitled Blackstar (★ ) The debut single, “Blackstar (★ ),” is also the theme for the British television crime series The Last Panthers. Tony has also co-produced a new album for Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/artist Esperanza Spalding entitled Emily’s D+Evolution. Tony is currently engaged in producing and arranging new music by Daphne Guinness, Noah Johnson and Kristeen Young.
Tony also contributed to The Foo Fighters’ release, Sonic Highways, playing guitar, writing the arrangement and conducting the choir on “I Am A River”. He is featured in the New York episode of the HBO special Sonic Highways!
Previously, Visconti produced Angelique Kidjo’s Grammy-winning 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. 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.
Stereogum – Nov 2018
Consequence Of Sound – June 2018
Billboard – April 2018
Irish Times – January 2018
NME – November 2017
Esquire – October 2017
Grateful Web – July 2017
The Guardian – January 2017
Justin Hayward Talks About Legendary Producer Tony Visconti – June 2014
Rolling Stone France – Dec 2011
Billboard – January 2016
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