Paul Epworth

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Paul Epworth
Birth namePaul Richard Epworth
Also known asPhones
Epic Man
Born (1974-07-25) 25 July 1974 (age 47)
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
GenresIndie rock, punk rock, hip hop, pop, dance
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter, musician, remixer
InstrumentsDrums, bass guitar, guitar, keyboard, trumpet, percussion
Years active2000–present

Paul Richard Epworth (born 25 July 1974)[1] 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, having released music from Glass Animals, Rosie Lowe and The Horrors. He has won 'Producer of the Year' at the BRIT Awards three times, the most recent in 2015.[2][3]

He has won five Grammy Awards, as well as the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Skyfall".[4] He released his debut studio album Voyager in 2020.

Epworth has had a long-standing working relationship with Adele. He has stated that "working with Adele brings new pressures as a result of the early success the pair enjoyed."[5]



From 2002 to 2004, Epworth provided lead vocals and guitar for the band Lomax.[6] He later remixed two songs from the band's catalogue – "Reiterator" and "Modern Life".[7]


Epworth is well known for his remix work under the name Phones. He began to gain recognition with this moniker based on his work with Bloc Party's track "Banquet"; he has since provided remix work for New Order, U2, P-Diddy, Goldfrapp, Nine Inch Nails, Simian Mobile Disco, The Streets, Interpol, Tom Vek, Death from Above 1979, Annie, and most recently Coldplay. His debut of original material under the Phones name, "Sharpen the Knives"/"Worryin", was released on French label Kitsuné in November 2006. In 2008 he announced he had killed off the Phones moniker but has said he continues to remix anonymously.

In early 2006, Epworth began making music under another alias, 'Epic Man'. His debut single, "More Is Enough", featured Plan B and was featured on the soundtrack for Need For Speed: Pro Street and was released on Good & Evil Records, a subsidiary of 679 Recordings. He has since returned to his Phones name and there are no known plans to release under Epic Man again.[7]

Production and Writing[edit]

In 2004–05, Epworth produced a quartet of critically acclaimed releases, including two Mercury Music Prize nominations in Silent Alarm by Bloc Party and A Certain Trigger by Maxïmo Park, the bulk of The Futureheads eponymous debut (including the hit Kate Bush cover "Hounds Of Love"), and Capture/Release by The Rakes as well as singles by Babyshambles and The Long Blondes. He also wrote and produced tracks for British rappers, Kano ("Don't Know Why") and Plan B ("No Good" and "Where You From") This was followed in 2006 by production work on Pieces of the People We Love by The Rapture and the debut album by French band Black Strobe, entitled Burn Your Own Church.

In 2007, Epworth began to contribute more co-writing credits alongside his production. For example, his production on the number one debut album Made of Bricks by Kate Nash included a writing credit on the hit single "Foundations" (for which he was nominated for an Ivor Novello songwriters award.) In 2008, Epworth produced much of Sam Sparro's eponymous debut album which entered the UK album charts at number 4 and the Primal Scream single, "Can't Go Back", along with the title track of their recent album Beautiful Future. Epworth also completed production duties on much of the new Bloc Party record, Intimacy and co-wrote and produced Friendly Fires track "Jump In The Pool".

Early 2009 saw Epworth co-writing and recording Jack Peñate's critically lauded second album Everything Is New including the singles "Tonight's Today" and "Be the One". He also co-wrote and produced tracks for Florence and the Machine's debut album Lungs, including the hit single "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" along with the album tracks "Howl", "Cosmic Love", "Hurricane Drunk" and "Blinding". He also worked further with Friendly Fires on a single version of the track "Skeleton Boy" and produced the forthcoming single by The Big Pink, "Stop the World". In February 2009 he won best newcomer at the inaugural Music Producers' Guild Awards. In Spring 2009, Epworth co-produced another single with The Big Pink entitled "Dominos", and a new Friendly Fires single "Kiss of Life".

Summer 2009 brought Epworth his third and fourth Mercury music prize nomination in the shape of Florence and the Machine's Lungs and Friendly Fires' eponymous debut. He also finished album tracks for Norwegian pop artist Annie for her delayed album Don't Stop; wrote the "Zingolo" for Cadbury's "Fair Trade" advert, featuring Ghanaian MC Tinny; and mixed the track "Silva & Grimes" for Holy Fuck's Latin lp. He finished up the year working on new tracks by London MC/Singer Plan B for his number 1 album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks including the top 10 single "Stay Too Long", and tracks for Canadian duo Crystal Castles (including single Celestica), writing with Grammy winner Adele, singer Sky Ferreira and producing a single version of album track "Tonight" with The Big Pink.

In February 2010, Epworth won both the Brit Award and the Music Producers' Guild Award for Producer Of The Year and also won Music Week's Producer of the Year Award in April.

Early 2010 saw Epworth deliver tracks for London band Chapel Club's forthcoming LP and begin work on both Friendly Fires' and Florence and the Machine's second LPs. He also signed a solo deal with Columbia Records, with no album forthcoming until 2019.[8] Epworth added his production hand to Primary 1's album, including lead single "Princess".[9] Summer 2010 saw him provide production on two versions of Cee Lo Green's cover of Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You", and for the single "It's OK".

Late 2010 and early 2011 saw the release of the acclaimed Epworth co-written and produced worldwide number one single "Rolling in the Deep" from Adele's 21. The album features three Epworth co-writes with Adele, which he produced "I'll Be Waiting", while "He Won't Go" was produced by Rick Rubin. Summer 2011 saw Epworth producing The Big Pink's Future This[10] and the critically acclaimed Ceremonials by Florence and the Machine.

On 12 February 2012 at the 54th Grammy Awards, he won four Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year, Album of the Year (Adele's 21), and Song of the Year and Record of the Year (for "Rolling in the Deep").

In 2013, Epworth and Adele received the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 70th Golden Globe Awards for the song "Skyfall".[11] Epworth and Adele also received the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 85th Academy Awards for "Skyfall".[4]

In late 2015, Adele released her third album 25, which features two tracks co-written and produced by Epworth, "I Miss You" and "Sweetest Devotion". 25 won for Album of the Year at the 59th Grammy Awards.

In 2016, Epworth produced two tracks for The Stone Roses, "All for One" and "Beautiful Thing", which he also mixed. He served as executive producer on the Glass Animals album How to Be a Human Being, which was released on his record label Wolf Tone. Paul also co-wrote and produced the Usher track "Chains" featuring Nas and Bibi Bourelly.

On 30th August 2019 he released the first track from a brand new upcoming project to be released via Columbia Records.[8]

In September 2020, Epworth released his debut studio album Voyager.[12] Voyager draws on Epworth's love of house and cosmic disco, influenced by and channelled through a heavy filter of 70s sci fi.[8]

In the same month, Epworth gave an interview to NME in which he talks extensively about his relationship with Adele.[13]

The Church Studios[edit]

In October 2013, Epworth bought The Church Studios, a recording studio in Crouch End, North London. The studio had previously been owned by David A. Stewart in the 1980s and '90s, and was used to record music by Eurythmics, Bob Dylan and Radiohead, among others. David Gray then owned the studio until Epworth took over in 2013. The Church studios has three working commercial studios, all refurbished by the Walters-Storyk Design Group and Miloco builds. Epworth had a 72-Channel Vintage EMI Neve Console installed in studio 1, and a Solid State Logic console installed in studio 2. Since Epworth's ownership of the Church Studios, notable artists such as Mumford and Sons, U2, Adele, Frank Ocean and London Grammar have recorded there.


Studio albums[edit]


(as Phones)[edit]

  • 2006: "Sharpen the Knives / Worryin'"

(as Epic Man)[edit]

(as Paul Epworth)[edit]

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Songwriter Producer
Primary Secondary Additional Vocal
"Banquet" 2004 Bloc Party Bloc Party EP checkY
"Little Thoughts" Little Thoughts EP checkY
"Tulips" checkY
"Le Garage" The Futureheads The Futureheads checkY
"Robot" checkY
"Decent Days and Nights" checkY
"Meantime" checkY
"Danger of the Water" checkY
"Carnival Kids" checkY
"He Knows" checkY
"Stupid and Shallow" checkY
"Hounds of Love" checkY
"Man Ray" checkY
"The Coast Is Always Changing" Maxïmo Park A Certain Trigger checkY
"Storm & Stress" Bloc Party Little Thoughts EP checkY
"Helicopter" checkY
"Skeleton" checkY
"So Here We Are" 2005 Silent Alarm checkY
"Positive Tension" checkY
"Like Eating Glass" checkY
"Blue Light" checkY
"She's Hearing Voices" checkY
"This Modern Love" checkY
"Pioneers" checkY
"Price of Glass" checkY
"Luno" checkY
"Plans" checkY
"Compliments" checkY
"Two More Years" checkY
"Apply Some Pressure" Maxïmo Park A Certain Trigger checkY
"Graffiti" checkY
"Signal and Sign" checkY
"Postcard of a Painting" checkY
"Going Missing" checkY
"I Want You to Stay" checkY
"Limassol" checkY
"The Night I Lost My Mind" checkY
"Once, A Glimpse" checkY
"Now I'm All Over the Shop" checkY
"Acrobat" checkY
"Kiss You Better" checkY
"I Don't Know Why" Kano Home Sweet Home checkY
"Hero" Bloc Party Non-album single checkY
"Where Ya From?" 2006 Plan B Who Needs Actions When
You Got Words
checkY checkY
"No Good" checkY checkY
"Get Myself Into It" The Rapture Pieces of the People We Love checkY
"Don Gon Do It" checkY
"First Gear" checkY
"The Devil" checkY
"Whoo! Alright-Yeah... Uh Huh" checkY
"Down for So Long" checkY
"The Sound" checkY
"Live in Sunshine" checkY
"Shooting Star" checkY
"On and On" checkY
"Turn It Up" Alesha Dixon Fired Up checkY checkY
"Foundations" 2007 Kate Nash Made of Bricks checkY checkY
"Brenn Di Ega Kjerke" Black Strobe Burn Your Own Church checkY
"Shining Bright Star" checkY
"Girl Next Door" checkY
"Blood Shot Eyes" checkY
"Now What You Need" checkY
"I'm a Man" checkY
"Lady 13" checkY
"You Should Be" checkY
"Buzz Buzz Buzz" checkY
"Last Club on Earth" checkY
"Crave for Speed" checkY
"Play" Kate Nash Made of Bricks checkY
"Mouthwash" checkY
"Dickhead" checkY
"Birds" checkY
"We Get On" checkY
"Mariella" checkY
"Shit Song" checkY
"Pumpkin Soup" checkY checkY
"Skeleton Song" checkY
"Nicest Thing" checkY
"Merry Happy" checkY
"A is for Asthma" checkY
"Little Red" checkY
"Stitching Leggings" checkY
"Navy Taxi" checkY
"Habanera" checkY
"Mercury" 2008 Bloc Party Intimacy checkY
"Ares" checkY
"Halo" checkY
"Biko" checkY
"Trojan Horse" checkY
"Signs" checkY
"One Month Off" checkY
"Zephyrus" checkY
"Talons" checkY
"Better than Heaven" checkY
"Ion Square" checkY
"Letter to My Son" checkY
"Your Visits are Getting Shorter" checkY
"Tonight's Today" 2009 Jack Peñate Everything Is New checkY checkY
"Be the One" checkY checkY
"Pull My Heart Away" checkY checkY
"Everything is New" checkY checkY
"So Near" checkY
"Every Glance" checkY checkY
"Give Yourself Away" checkY checkY
"Let's All Die" checkY
"Body Down" checkY
"Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" Florence + the Machine Lungs checkY checkY
"Howl" checkY checkY
"Cosmic Love" checkY
"Hurricane Drunk" checkY
"Blinding" checkY checkY
"Stay Too Long" 2010 Plan B The Defamation of Strickland Banks checkY
"Writing's on the Wall" checkY
"Welcome to Hell" checkY
"Prayin'" checkY
"Celestica" Crystal Castles II checkY
"I Am Made of Chalk" checkY
"It's OK" CeeLo Green The Lady Killer checkY
"No One's Gonna Love You" checkY
"Heavy in Your Arms" Florence + the Machine The Twilight Saga: Eclipse OST checkY checkY
"Rolling in the Deep" Adele 21 checkY checkY
"He Won't Go" 2011 checkY
"I'll Be Waiting" checkY checkY
"Live Those Days Tonight" Friendly Fires Pala checkY checkY
"Blue Cassette" checkY
"Hurting" checkY
"Show Me Lights" checkY
"Chimes" checkY
"Call It What You Want" Foster the People Torches checkY
"I Would Do Anything for You" checkY
"Life on the Nickel" checkY checkY
"Sorry 4 the Wait" Lil Wayne Sorry 4 the Wait checkY
"What the Water Gave Me" Florence + the Machine Ceremonials checkY
"Shake It Out" checkY checkY
"Only If for a Night" checkY checkY
"Never Let Me Go" checkY checkY
"Breaking Down" checkY
"Lover to Lover" checkY
"No Light, No Light" checkY
"Seven Devils" checkY checkY
"Heartlines" checkY checkY
"Spectrum (Say My Name)" checkY checkY
"All This and Heaven Too" checkY
"Leave My Body" checkY checkY
"Strangeness and Charm" checkY checkY
"Bedroom Hymns" checkY
"Ruby" 2012 Foster the People Non-album single checkY
"Skyfall" Adele Non-album single checkY checkY
"Natalie" Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox checkY checkY
"Save Us" 2013 Paul McCartney New checkY checkY
"Queenie Eye" checkY checkY
"Road" checkY checkY
"God's Help" Louis Mattrs Beachy Head EP checkY
"Coming of Age" 2014 Foster the People Supermodel checkY checkY
"Pseudologia Fantastica" checkY checkY
"Magic" Coldplay Ghost Stories checkY
"Best Friend" Foster the People Supermodel checkY
"Are You What You Want to Be?" checkY
"Ask Yourself" checkY
"Nevermind" checkY checkY
"The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones" checkY
"A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon" checkY checkY
"Goats in Trees" checkY checkY
"The Truth" checkY
"Fire Escape" checkY
"Cassius Clay's Pearly Whites" checkY checkY
"Midnight" Coldplay Ghost Stories checkY
"A Sky Full of Stars" checkY
"Falling Star" The Horrors Luminous checkY
"Always in My Head" Coldplay Ghost Stories checkY
"Ink" checkY
"True Love" checkY
"Another's Arms" checkY
"Oceans" checkY
"O" checkY
"All Your Friends" checkY
"Ghost Story" checkY
"O (Reprise)" checkY
"Black Beauty" Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence checkY
"Pendulum" FKA twigs LP1 checkY checkY
"Shoot Love" Maroon 5 V checkY checkY
"The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" U2 Songs of Innocence checkY
"California (There is No End to Love)" checkY
"Iris (Hold Me Close)" checkY
"Volcano" checkY
"Cedarwood Road" checkY
"Water Came Down" Rosie Lowe non-album single checkY
"Yellow Flicker Beat" Lorde The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay, Pt. 1 OST
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" Various artists Non-album single checkY
"How'd You Like It" Rosie Lowe checkY
"Citizen Zombie" 2015 The Pop Group Citizen Zombie checkY
"Mad Truth" checkY
"Nowhere Girl" checkY
"Shadow Child" checkY
"The Immaculate Deception" checkY
"S.O.P.H.I.A." checkY
"Box 9" checkY
"Nations" checkY
"St. Outrageous" checkY
"Age of Miracles" checkY
"Echelon" checkY
"Mother" Florence + the Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful checkY checkY
"Unstoppable" Lianne La Havas Blood checkY checkY
(featuring Nas and Bibi Bourelly)
Usher Non-album single checkY checkY
"I Miss You" Adele 25 checkY checkY
"Sweetest Devotion" checkY checkY
"We Can Hurt Together (Hurt with Me)" 2016 Sia Non-album single checkY checkY
"Goodnight Gotham" Rihanna Anti checkY
"Dominos" Peter Bjorn and John Breakin' Point checkY
"Beautiful Thing" The Stone Roses Non-album single checkY
"A Long Goodbye" Peter Bjorn and John Breakin' Point checkY
"Nostalgic Intellect" checkY
"Hard Sleep" checkY
"Need U"
(with Priyanka Chopra)
Usher Hard II Love checkY checkY
"Rooting for You" 2017 London Grammar Truth Is a Beautiful Thing checkY
"Smoke of Dreams" Thurston Moore Rock n Roll Consciousness checkY
"Truth Is a Beautiful Thing" London Grammar Truth Is a Beautiful Thing checkY
"Oh Woman Oh Man" checkY
"Exalted" Thurston Moore Rock n Roll Consciousness checkY
"Cusp" checkY
"Turn On" checkY
"Aphrodite" checkY
"Cease Fire" checkY
"Mx Liberty" checkY
"Letter to Falon" Jay Electronica Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn) checkY
"Hell to the Liars" London Grammar Truth Is a Beautiful Thing checkY
"Non Believer" checkY checkY
"Bones of Ribbon" checkY
"Different Breeds" checkY
"Control" checkY checkY
"May the Best" checkY
"Machine" The Horrors V checkY
"Something to Remember Me By" checkY
"Weighed Down" checkY
"Hologram" checkY
"Press Enter to Exit" checkY
"Ghost" checkY
"Point of No Reply" checkY
"Gathering" checkY
"World Below" checkY
"It's a Good Life" checkY
"Fire Escape" checkY
"Water Drop" checkY
"13 (There is a Light)" U2 Songs of Experience checkY
"Ordinary Love" checkY
"Let Me Down"
(featuring Stormzy)
2018 Jorja Smith Non-album single checkY
"Wild Love" James Bay Electric Light checkY
"Pink Lemonade" checkY
"Us" checkY
"Wasted on Each Other" checkY
"In My Head" checkY
"Just for Tonight" checkY
"Wanderlust" checkY
"I Found You" checkY
"Stand Up" checkY checkY
"Fade Out" checkY
"Slide" checkY
"Young Hearts in the Dark" checkY
"Invoice" Serpentwithfeet Soil checkY checkY
"Tearing Down the Walls" Elias Entwined checkY checkY
"Love Hurts" checkY
"No Deeper Can We Fall" checkY checkY
"Don't Let Me Wait" checkY checkY
"Gold" checkY checkY
"The Entwined" checkY
(featuring Norma Jean Martine)
Love Thy Brother Noon-album single checkY
"Nostalgia" Jacob Banks Village checkY checkY
"Guiding Light" Mumford & Sons Delta checkY
"If I Say" checkY
"42" checkY
"Woman" checkY
"Beloved" checkY
"The Wild" checkY
"October Skies" checkY
"Slip Away" checkY
"Rose of Sharon" checkY
"Picture You" checkY
"Darkness Visible" checkY
"Wild Heart" checkY
"Forever" checkY
"Delta" checkY


Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Search Results for England & Wales Births 1837-2006 -". Archived from the original on 30 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Producer Paul Epworth wins third Brit Award". BBC News. Archived from the original on 8 October 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Adele Producer Talks About Her New Album, Other Projects - Billboard". Billboard. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Adele wins best song Oscar for Skyfall". the Guardian. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Producer Paul Epworth opens up about working with Adele in new interview". NME. 20 September 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  6. ^ "From The Bluetones To The Music – Let's Hear It For Indie's Second Division". NME. 4 April 2011. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  7. ^ a b "PAUL EPSWORTH (producer)". Music Finder. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  8. ^ a b c link, Get; Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Email; Apps, Other. "Paul Epworth releases brand new solo track "Voyager"". Retrieved 4 August 2021. {{cite web}}: |last2= has generic name (help)
  9. ^ "Value added in industry, including energy". Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  10. ^ The Big Pink – Future This (2012, Pink, Vinyl), retrieved 7 August 2021
  11. ^ "Winners & Nominees Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Golden Globes". Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  12. ^ Clarke, Patrick (14 September 2020). "Just A Planet Away: An Interview With Paul Epworth". The Quietus. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Producer Paul Epworth opens up about working with Adele in new interview". NME. 20 September 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Paul Epworth tells us about his sci-fi-inspired debut solo album and "nostalgic" new single 'Love Galaxy'". NME. 7 May 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.

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