Producer/ Mixer/ Musician
Clients include: George Ezra, Billie Marten, Eaves, Gavin James
Having produced both of George Ezra’s massive number one albums “Staying at Tamara’s” and “Wanted In Voyage,” Cameron Blackwood is understandably much in demand as a man with the expertise to help exciting talents such as Billie Marten, Lewis Capaldi, Ida Mae Callum Beetie, Eaves and Gavin James deliver upon their potential.
It’s been a busy 2018 for Cam so far, hot off producing George Ezra‘s number one selling sophomore album “Staying at Tamara’s” including the huge radio hits “Paradise” “Shotgun” and “Don’t Matter Now”, Cam has also been working with some of the hottest new acts of the year, including BBC Sound Poll Nominee Lewis Capaldi. Following his stunning work on “Sleep No More” Cam has also been asked to take the production reigns again for Jack Savoretti’s forthcoming 6th studio album. Watch this space for more amazing new music soon.
While studying engineering at university in Glasgow, Blackwood took his first steps onto the music scene by playing with various local indie bands. This in turn led him to London where he studied guitar performance and composition at the Musicians Institute in Wapping. Soon recognised as a particularly talented session guitarist, Blackwood also joined world tours as guitarist for Brazilian innovators CSS and the famously hedonistic Alabama 3.
Seeking a less intense lifestyle, Blackwood took a job as engineer at the Mill Hill Recording Studio and gradually learned the ropes. After three years there, he moved to Roundhouse Studios in 2004 where he assisted and learned from an eclectic range of producers such as Mike Spencer, Boz Boorer, Danton Supple, Gil Norton, Talvin Singh and Bob Sargeant. He also developed a reputation as a quality mix engineer after working with Tim Deluxe, Smadj, Mattafix and Adam F, as well as assisting on mix sessions with Danton Supple for Coldplay’s “X&Y” album.
When the Roundhouse closed in 2007, Blackwood decided it was time to set up on his own and took over the helm at Voltaire Studios, which was previously owned by David Gray. He soon built up an impressive discography, cutting tracks with We Are Scientists, CSS, Apples, Cee-Lo Green, Ten Men, One Day and Jon Allen, as well as producing and mixing albums for Alabama 3, Tom Tyler, Huw Lloyd Langton (Hawkwind), and Jon Lawton (Uriah Heap).
In 2011 he began to capitalise on his previous experience. He produced and mixed early recordings from Brother, which sparked an intense bidding war and resulted in the band signing a deal with Geffen Records. He also mixed for Lucy Silvas, Loick, Good Cop, Jamiroquai, Bluebell, The Hotelles, Vello, Ben Taylor and Alabama 3 off-shoot project “The Mountain of Love.”
In 2012, Blackwood produced early recordings for London Grammar before fellow Big Life producer Youth invited him to mix the then new album from Reverend and The Makers. Blackwood also started sessions with the enigmatic Tom The Lion which would later result in his acclaimed Decca Records debut album “Sleep,” as well as American rock band Super Water Symphony.
2013 saw Blackwood work with a succession of exciting new talent, including production and mixing credits for Darlia, Zuzu, Gabriella Cilmi, Leaders Of Men, Franco Bollo, Lovelife and Wax Queen Standard.
It was later that year when Blackwood began working on the biggest project of his career to date. He spent three months at his Voltaire Road Studio working on George Ezra’s debut album “Wanted On Voyage.” Released in the summer of 2014, the lead single “Budapest” exploded internationally with four #1 chart positions in Europe and many more Top 10 entries. The album itself topped the charts in the UK during a 44 week run in the Top 10 as it raced passed a million worldwide sales. As a result, Ezra was nominated for four BRIT Awards including Best British Album and Best British Single.
After a 2015 MPG nomination for Breakthrough Producer of the Year, Blackwood solidified his status as one of the UK’s most important producers throughout the year. One of his most exciting projects his work with Eaves, the young singer-songwriter who drew glowing comparisons with Nick Drake following the release of his debut album “What Green Feels Like.” Tracks from the album earned both daytime and specialist airplay at Radio 1.
Blackwood’s work with the young Irish musician Gavin James was rewarded with a #5 chart position in Ireland for the debut album “Bitter Pill.” James’s upwards momentum has already seen him win Song of the Year at the Meteor Choice Awards, and his signing to Capitol Records in the States will see the album receive a worldwide release this March.
2017 brought a wealth of new projects that are set to be unveiled. In addition of the worldwide releases of the Gavin James album, there will be more from Lake Komo after last year’s single “Think Tank” and the forthcoming album from Amy MacDonald. Blackwood also produced “Heavy Weather,” the second single from Sony’s Billie Marten who was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2016 poll. Cam also produced Jack Savoretti’s gorgeous radio two A-listed single “We Are Bound”.
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