Roy Kerr aka MyRiot
Producer/ Mixer/ Writer/ Artist
Clients include: London Grammar, Birdy, James Morrison, Sir Paul McCartney
A musical polymath, it seems as if all Roy Kerr’s musical adventures find phenomenal success or set a pioneering path for others to follow. As one-half of production duo MyRiot alongside Tim Bran, Kerr produced London Grammar’s 2013 debut album, If You Wait, achieving huge sales and widespread critical acclaim. They followed this success with co-production on multiple tracks on London Grammar’s following number 1 album, “Truth is a Beautiful Thing”. Roy has won production plaudits for co-producing Rae Morris’ album “Someone One There,” including the massive radio hits “Do It” and “Athletico”. Aurora Over a decade earlier Kerr helped ignite the nascent mash-up scene as The Freelance Hellraiser, while as part of another production duo, Kid Gloves, he combined underground dance with pop for an array of the world’s leading artists.
Kerr’s breakthrough was in 2001 as The Freelance Hellraiser when his bootleg mash-up of The Strokes and Christina Aguilera resulted in A Stroke of Genius, a track which quickly spread through a pre-YouTube world like a PC virus. Crashing servers and switchboards at radio stations worldwide, it was heralded as the precursor to a new genre-bending pop landscape. A point now made in university textbooks and broadsheet newspapers.
2004 delivered the opportunity of a lifetime when Sir Paul McCartney invited Kerr to open for him during a 2 year US/European stadium tour, including that year’s headline Glastonbury slot. This led to the ambitious Twin Freaks project, in which McCartney and Kerr reworked classics from Sir Paul’s back catalogue, using the original master tapes. A kaleidoscopic and intricate collage of an album, it enjoys cult status among McCartney aficionados.
In 2006, Kerr’s debut album Waiting For Clearance was released on Sony. Working with friends Gary Lightbody, Jacknife Lee and Iain Archer of Snow Patrol ,the record was championed by Zane Lowe on Radio 1 and was often heard as the backdrop to TV sporting events and ad campaigns throughout ’06 and beyond.
Kerr joined forces with Freeform Five’s Anu Pillai in 2007 to form the writing and production duo Kid Gloves. Their very first session together delivered their first hit, Ladyhawke’s disco-thumping Paris Is Burning and they went on to write further tracks for her debut album on Modular. This was followed by writing and production on the first Little Boots album, including Symmetry and Not Now.
By 2009, Kid Gloves started to concentrate on creating their own club-orientated material, which culminated in them signing to A-Trak’s Fools Gold label, where they released the tracks Brand New Dance and Bare Knuckle. Their production work continued with VV Brown and Primary 1, as did their remixes for Santigold and Roisin Murphy.
2010 was another highly creative year for Kid Gloves. Their song Ghetto Baby – written with Lana Del Rey – was cut by Cheryl Versini-Fernandez and featured on her 2012 album A Million Lights, while other notable sessions included work with The Knocks and The Scissor Sisters.
In 2012, Kerr and fellow Big Life producer Tim Bran formed a production duo called MyRiot. The highlight of their collaboration to date came in 2013 when they produced London Grammar’s debut album If You Wait. One of the best-selling albums of 2013, it has currently sold over 1,000,000 copies and peaked at #2 on the UK album chart. The band would go on to win an Ivor Novello award for the track “Strong” and were also nominated for British Breakthrough Act at The BRIT Awards. Roy and Tim were themselves nominated for their production work at the Musical Producers Guild Awards in 2015. They are currently in the studio with the band, working on the second album.
In 2014 MyRiot saw huge chart success across Europe as the producers of Marlon Roudette’s second album “Electric Soul”, featuring the million-selling hit When The Beat Drops Out, which sold over 400,000 copies in the UK alone.
MyRiot’s growing reputation as song writers was confirmed by the success of Halsey’s breakthrough debut album, Badlands, which features the song Control, co-written by them. They also co-wrote and produced 4 songs on multi-platinum selling UK artist James Morrison’s latest album. Further hits came with their production on Foxes’ single, Better Love and the recent Irish #1 album from Walking On Cars which they produced in 2015. Their year ended on a high, with the duo producing the top 10 Bloc Party album, Hymns.
In 2016 the duo also produced 10 tracks for the Birdy album “Beautiful Lies”. The album shot to number three in the UK album charts and hit the itunes top 10 in no less than 25 countries. Roy also produced and mixed Sunday Best’s hotly tipped new signing Alice Jemima‘s album, including the new single “Dodged a Bullet”
2017 has been a bumper year for My Riot having co-produced London Grammar’s number one selling sophomore album “Truth is a Beautiful Thing” as well as and mix and additional production for Amy McDonald‘s number two album “Under Stars”. A formidable duo Tim and Roy have also co-produced Atlantic records’ songbird Rae Morris‘ long awaited second album, including the stunning singles “Do It” and “Reborn”. The duo also co-wrote and produced Dan Owen‘s latest single “Hideaway”, which became the soundtrack to the latest Boots No7 advertisement and continue to work with new Atlantic Records signing Billy Lockett, hotly tipped Icelandic folk singer Axel Flovent and Dutch artist/producer Dotan ,
Having recently signed to Kobalt Music Publishing Roy continues writing with Tim on a a whole host of amazing artists including Atlantic Records’s Singer/Songwriter Kwabs, international Brit Award winning artist Mika and Norwegian songbird Aurora. Not forgetting the newest talent on the block as well, Roy is also writing with the likes of Jones, Connie Constance, Jamie Issac and Scott Quinn.
Roy Kerr’s story to date has blended commercial success with musical innovation. Wherever the next chapter takes him, it’s sure to be a fascinating experience.
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