Thu 08 May 2014
Named Best British Producer in the 2013 Brit Awards for his production work on albums The Vaccines, Kings Of Leon and Laura Marling, and for his long-term collaborations with Ryan Adams, Ethan is also a solo performer in his own right, leaning towards folk.
Few record producers have served quite as remarkable an apprenticeship as Ethan Johns. The son of Glyn Johns, whose long list of credits includes the Rolling Stones, the Faces and the Eagles (and, more recently, Ryan Adams and Band Of Horses), as a kid he remembers sitting in on sessions for the Who’s It’s Hard and the Clash’s Combat Rock at his father’s home studio in Sussex. Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, from the age of 10, he became obsessed with music, and asked his dad to begin to teach him about the art of recording.
These days, the 43-year-old Ethan Johns has built up an impressive list of production credits himself, including Kings Of Leon, Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Ray LaMontagne and Tom Jones. In addition, he has finally made his debut as a recording artist in his own right, with an atmospheric, stripped-down country and blues album, the knowingly titled If Not Now Then When?
Quite rightly named Best British Producer at last years Brit Awards, Johns 10-track debut solo album is a placid but gutsy amble that pitches him as Bill Callahan dealing with a lazy hangover the morning after a pub crawl with Guy Garvey
More soon, Ethan?
Jim Jones has played music on the UK scene since his early teens but it has only been through his most recent projects that he can honestly say he has found his form.
‘Powerful stuff, absolutely beautiful’
DERMOT O’LEARY, RADIO 2