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    Jonathan Quarmby

  • Producer, programmer, mixer, string & orchestral arranger, pianist and guitarist. Jonathan works out of the legendary RAK Studios in St John’s Wood, where he writes top lines, lyrics and track.

    Jonathan produced and mixed Benjamin Clementine’s debut album 'At Least For Now', which won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Nemesis, a single from the album, is the theme for Apple's critically acclaimed drama 'The Morning Show'. He co-wrote four songs on the no.1 album by James Arthur ‘Back From The Edge’ including the title track and second single 'Safe Inside'.

    Notably, he produced eight tracks on Cian Ducrot's No. 1 Deluxe Album; Victory, Tom Walker's track ‘Just You and I’ (Relentless / Sony) which appears on Tom's no.1 album. He wrote and produced the single ‘Tough’ by Lewis Capaldi (Virgin), the single and TV show theme by Mika ‘It’s My House’ (Universal Republic), He also produced two tracks on James Arthur's No.2 Album 'You', 7 tracks on the (contested) No1 album 'Got It Covered' for Children In Need and '3 Eyes Open' for Green Tea Peng - which appears on the album Greenzone 108.

    He is currently writing and producing tracks with ... amongst others ... Tiken Jah Fakoli (Wagram), Tom Rasmussen, Tycho Jones, Facesoul (Globe Town) and many more ...

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  • RECENT WORK

    Benjamin Clementine

    Nemesis (produced / mixed)

    Tycho Jones -

    Don't Be Afraid - (produced / mixed)

    Tom Walker -

    Just You And I - (produced)

    Tiken Jah Fakoli

    Is It Because I'm Black (produced / mixed)

    Mika -

    It's My House- (produced / co written)

    actually - this is the house band - but it's such fun!! 

    Leo Stannard featuring Francis

    Gravity - (produced / mixed)

    Benjamin Clementine

    Condolence - (produced / mixed)

    Jacob Banks

    Move With You - (produced)

    Tiken Jah Fakoly -

    Dernier Appel - (produced / co written)

  • COMMERCIALS

    Peroni - La Dolce Vita Campaign

    Peroni - My Girl Campaign

    Bristol Street Motors - TV Ad July 2021

  • Biography.

    Early life

    Jonathan Hugh Quarmby was born on December 20,1961, in Huddersfield, the son of music teacher Jean and architect, Arthur Quarmby. Arthur was an innovative designer, author and thinker, renowned for his work in modular plastics and earth sheltered housing. Educated at Holmfirth Comprehensive, then Pocklington School, Jonathan went on to study architecture at Sheffield University. Having always had a passion for music, he soon became part of Sheffield’s vibrant music scene, eventually moving away from architecture to pursue music as a career.

     

    Sheffield

    Jonathan started as a keyboard player, performing on Yazz’s album Wanted and touring with a local band, Floy joy. His transition to record production came with Barclay artists Fred de Fred. Jonathan then collaborated with Axis Studio-based Comsat Angels bass player Kevin Bacon to write and produce Ephraim Lewis's album Skin for Elektra Records. This partnership (Bacon and Quarmby) went on to produce and write in a diverse range of music styles: electro as R&S artists Manna, Britpop with the Longpigs, pop /soul with Lighthouse Family and were most publicly lauded for their contribution to reggae: Finley Quaye (Maverick a Strike) - for which Finley won the ‘Best Male’ Brit Award and Ziggy Marley (Fallen Is Babylon), for which they received the ‘Best Reggae Album’ Grammy award.

     

    London - RAK Studios

    Relocating from Sheffield to London's RAK Studios in 2003, Jonathan and Kevin embarked on a prolific journey of music production, including Primal Scream,  Mew, the Sugababes, David Garrett, Plan B, The Pretenders,  Richard Hawley and Ders'ree.

     

    Awal

    In 2004, they made a significant move, establishing the groundbreaking music company, AWAL with Apple consultant; Denzyl Feigelson. Awal  redefined online aggregation, with its 30 day none negotiable agreement and data tracking and analysis tool, Buzzdeck. With offices in Sheffield and London,The business grew eventually distributing over 3000 independent artists including The Arctic Monkeys, David Gray, and Madness

    In 2012 AWAL was sold to Kobalt, (who went on to sell it to Sony in 2021 for $430,000,000) !! Jonathan, Kevin and Denzyl were retained by Kobalt for two years.

     

    Back to RAK

    In 2014 Jonathan returned to RAK and music creation, this time focussing equally on song writing and production. Initially managed by Richard Antwi, he worked with Daley, Mahalia and Jacob Banks, before achieving his first significant success with Benjamin Clementine, who’s album At Least For Now which won the Mercury prize in 2015. Jonathan had a part in the writing and produced and mixed the whole album (the track Nemesis is also the theme to Apple’s critically acclaimed drama - 'The Morning Show’). More established as a writer, Jonathan collaborated with  Lewis Capaldi, on the single Tough, Tiggs Da Author, co writing, producing and mixing much of the album Blame It On The Youts produced Tom Walker's track Just You and I, co -wrote and produced the single and TV show theme by Mika ‘t’s My House, co-wrote four songs on the no.1 album by James Arthur Back From The Edge including the title track and second single Safe Inside. and even produced half the (contested) no 1 album "Got It Covered,” for  Children in Need. 

    Most recently he has produced and mixed eight tracks on Cian Ducrot's No. 1 Deluxe Album; Victory, co written, produced and mixed 3 Eyes Open for GreenTea Peng - which appears on the album Greenzone 108, co written, produced and mixed the album Child Of Sin by the incredible Dutch artist Kovacs, and has just finished two Parisian projects, producing and mixing an acoustic African album with Tiken Jay Fakoli and producing an album for French legend; Olivia Ruiz

     

    Globe Town Records

    In 2018, Jonathan joined Globe Town Records, an emerging label based in Hoxton, London. They faced the challenges of lockdown together, working with some incredible voices such as Tycho Jones, Tom Rasmussen and Faisal Salah (Facesoul) as well as building an ambient and sleep catalogue. They are currently developing the roster and creating a children’s channel.

    Discography

    1990s

     

    2000’s

    • Ben Onono – Badagry Beach - P/M (2000)
    • Finley Quaye - Vanguard - P/M (2001)
    • Lighthouse Family – Whatever Gets You Through The Day - P/M (2001)
    • Sugababes – "Round Round" single - P (2002) - No 1 UK
    • The Pretenders Loose Screw - P/M (2002)
    • Finley Quaye - Much More Than Much Love - P/M (2003)
    • Des'ree – Dream Soldier - P/M (2003)
    • Richard Hawley – Run for Me - P/M (2003)
    • Shaznay Lewis – Open - P/M (2004)
    • The Stands – All Years Leaving - P/M (2004)
    • Oi Va Voi – Laughter Through Tears - P/M (2004)
    • Mew – And the Glass Handed Kites - adP/M (2005)
    • Ben Taylor – Another Run Around the Sun - P/M (2005)
    • Engineers - Home - P/M (2005)
    • Richard Hawley - The Ocean. - P/M (2005)
    • The Dualers – Don't Go (single) - P/M (2006)
    • Sophie Solomon – Poison Sweet Madeira - P/M (2006)
    • Primal Scream – Sometimes I feel so Lonely - P/M (2006)
    • Plan B – Mamma - P/M (2006)
    • Tiken Jah Fakoli – L'Africain - P/M (2007)
    • David Ford – Songs for the Road - P/M (2007)
    • David Garret – Virtuoso - W/P/M (2007)
    • Beth Rowley – Little Dreamer - P/M (2007)
    • Dick Rivers – L'Homme Sans Age - P/M (2008)
    • Mattafix - Rhythm & Hymns - Tracks - P/M (2008)
    • Beverley Knight – 100% - P/M (2009)
    • Netsayi – Monkey's Wedding - W/P/M (2009)
    • Karima Francis – The Author - P/M (2009)
    • Oi Va Voi – Travelling the Face of the Globe - P/M (2009)
    • Soul Survivor (Beverley Knight song) by Beverley Knight - P/M (2009)undefined

     

    2010s

    • Tony Christie – Now's the Time (Single) - P/M (2011)
    • Tiken Jah Fakoli – African Revolution - W/P/M(2010)
    • Iwan Rheon - singles P/M (2010)
    • Molotov Jukebox "Bang EP" - P/M (2012)
    • Misty Miller – Misty Miller - P/M (2012)
    • Son Of Dave - 03 - Album - P/M (2013)
    • Iwaan Rheon - Bang BAng - EP - P/M (2013)
    • Tiken Jah Fakoli – Derniere Appel - W/P/M (2014)
    • Daley – Broken - P/M (2014)
    • Jacob Banks – Move With You - P (2014)
    • Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now (2015)
    • Gabrielle Aplin – Coming Home - P (2015)
    • Tiken Jah Fakoli – Racines - P/M (2015)
    • Aura Dione – Love Somebody - P/M (2016)
    • Patricia Kaas – Patricia Kaas (2016)
    • George Oglivie – October (2016)
    • George Oglivie – Foreign Hands (2016)
    • James Arthur – Back From The Edge - tracks - (2016) W/VxP. – no.1 UK
    • Aura Dione - Can’t Steal the Music P/M (2017)
    • Light House Family - tracks - Blue Sky In Your Head (2017)
    • Thomas David - To Love - Album - W/P/M (2017)
    • Hannah Grace - Praise You P/M (2017)
    • Leo Stannard - Gravity - P/M (2017)
    • Hannah Grace - Oh River P/M (2018)
    • Shane Filan - Girl In My Heart - W/P/M (2018)
    • Leo Stannard - Home / Five Years Later W/P/M (2018)
    • Nikhil - Tracks and singles (2018)
    • Dan Owen - Tracks and singles (2018)
    • Alex the Astronaut - Waste of Time (2018)
    • MIka - It's My House - single - 2018 W/P
    • Lewis Capaldi - (2018) Tough W/P
    • Jeremy Loops - Critical As Water - tracks - W (2018)
    • Jordan Max - Careless - W/P/M (2018)
    • Dekel - Hello - Album - W/P/M (2018)
    • Tom Walker – Just You And I (2017/9) P/M - no.1 UK
    • Aine - Dislocated - W/P/M (2019)
    • James Arthur - You (2019) - tracks - P No.2 UK
    • Korantemaa - Bitter - W/PM (2019)
    • Kawala - Counting The Miles - EP - W/P/M (2019)
    • Toby Johnson - Carolina EP - W/P/M (2019)
    • MIka - My Name Is Michael Holbrook - track- P (2019)
    • Children In Need - Got It Covered - (2019) no1 UK (contested)
    • Calling Out - Andreas Moe - W (2019)
    • James Morrison - You're Stronger Than You Know (2019) undefined

     

    2020s

    • Ward Thomas - An Invitation - P/M (2020)
    • Kawala - Heavy In The Morning - W (2020)
    • Sody - Reason To Stay P (2020)
    • Janet Devlin - Confessional - Album - W/P/M (2020)
    • Amrit Kaur - singles - W/P/M (2020)
    • Ward Thomas / Dan Owen - Someone to Someone W/P/M (2020)
    • Tycho Jones - Don’t Be Afraid - P/M (2021)
    • Toby Johnson - Chaos - EP W/P/M (2021)
    • VC Pines - Smoke Without Fire W/P (2021)
    • Sam Ryder - Sun’s Gonna Rise - W (2021)
    • Jeremy Loops - Sit Down Love - W/P/M (2021)
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber - Far Too Late - single - P/M (2021)
    • Tiggs Da Author Blame It On The Youts Album - tracks - W/P/M (2021)
    • Jessie James Decker - The Woman I’ve Become - W (2021)
    • Albin Lee Meldau - Forget About Us W/P (2022)
    • Tim Gallagher - Growing Pains - P (2022)
    • Tim Gallagher - Every Little Word - W/P (2022)
    • GreenTea Peng - Three Eyes Open W/P/M (2022)
    • Elouise Alterman - Four In The Morning - W (2022)
    • Isaac Stuart - Cut Me Down W/P/M (2022)
    • Jeremy Loops - Postcards - W (2022)
    • Maimuna Memon - First Born Child - P (2022)
    • Tycho Jones - Clouds -W/P/M (2022)
    • Aura Dione - Marry Me - W/P (2022)
    • Emmadop - Superstar Album - W/P/M (2022)
    • Megan McKenna - Single - Single - W/P/M (2022)
    • Tycho Jones - Negative Space - EP W/P/M (2022)
    • Caitlyn Scarlet - Forgive Yourself - W/P/M (2023)
    • Tom Webber - tracks (2023)
    • Talia Roux - Take You With Me - EP - W/P/M (2023)
    • The Jordan - Amsterdam W (2023)
    • Lewis Fitzgerald - Our House - P/M (2023)
    • Dekel Desert Moon - Album - W/P/M (2023)
    • Marlon Roudette - No Water W/P (2023)
    • Kovacs - Child Of Sin W/P/M (2023)
    • Ben Taylor - singles - P/M (2023)
    • Iyamah - Chasing Dreams W/P (2023)
    • Tom Webber - The Rak Tracks - W/P/M (2023)
    • Jainda - Singles - W/P/M (2023)
    • Psykhi - Forest People EP - W/P/M (2023)
    • Matthew Mole - Say You’ll Be Mine -W (2023)
    • Maya Lane - Childish Games EP - W/P/M (2023)
    • Tom Rasmussen - Body Building - tracks W/P/M (2023)
    • Face Soul - Faith In Me W/P/M (2023)
    • Cian Ducroft - Victory (duluxe) P/M 2023 - No.1 UK

     

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