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Paul Richard Epworth (b. 25 July 1974) is an English record producer, musician, and songwriter. His work with artists include Adele, Florence and the Machine, Rihanna and Maxïmo Park amongst many others. He is a member of the Music Producers Guild and is the founder and owner of the independent record label, Wolf Tone (label), having released music from Glass Animals, Rosie Lowe, The Horrors and Plaitum. He has won ‘Producer of the Year’ at the BRIT Awards three times, the most recent in 2015.
He has won five Grammy Awards, as well as the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Skyfall”.
The tracks that are Paul’s on the album weren’t written. I didn’t bring them in, which is my normal method. [He] works completely differently. We went into the studio the first day I ever met him and he outlined [his] idea and said ‘let’s just make it up’. I just started knocking something out on the piano, he started drumming to it, and I stuck a bit of bass on it and we had the basis of the song worked out.Mark Epworth, from BBC News, August 29, 2013
From Evening Standard, February 1, 2013:
In fact, right now, the 38-year-old from Bishop’s Stortford is probably the most successful producer/writer in the world, a trusted collaborator with a staggering array of international talent, from Adele to Azealia Banks to Sam Mendes to Quentin Tarantino to Cee Lo Green to Paul McCartney. […]
His enthusiasm for his collaborations is uncontainable, even as he’s alert to producer/client confidentiality. He spins round to his huge mixing desk and lets me hear an unreleased composition he’s written with a soul legend that has been rejected by a major hip- hop producer. And then he plays me, at ear-zinging volume, one of the songs he’s written and recorded with Paul McCartney for his next album. It’s called ‘Struggle’, and sounds like Macca’s greatest non-Beatles song. But that’s not too hard. ‘It could be a defining statement for him,’ Epworth says of their four-song collaboration, ‘especially [considering] where he is in his career…’ […]
He came and played me a load of songs, and I was like, I like these songs, but should we just have a jam? And I ended up on bass, with him on drums. And I was like, What am I doing? He’s one of the best bass players in the world. Then we switched, and things started happening. The most amazing thing was watching him, how he’d get into a vibe on the piano, and suddenly the music just comes out.Paul Epworth – From British GQ (gq-magazine.co.uk), July 19, 2023
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