Ken Thomas pictured at Olympic Studios, Studio 2.
Ken Thomas, legendary record producer, recording engineer and musician whose career started at the renowned Trident Studios, worked with the likes of Queen and David Bowie. He went on to encompass the days of Punk, engineering for bands such as Public Image, Test Department, 999 and The Cocteau Twins.
Through to the present day he has produced new artists such as Minus, Hope of The States and the recent Icelandic phenomena Sigur Ros. Ken also plays drums and can engineer live sound.
Ken recently completed the Hope Of The States' eagerly awaited debut album 'The Lost Riots' (Sony Music). 'The Lost Riots' was recorded in Russia, Ireland and England and is the first time the band has 'nailed' the sound of their live performance in the studio.
Hope Of The States' frontman Sam Nihily says "The first week with Ken we got into this thing where nothing was sacred in terms of ideas about the songs. After the first week we got a clear idea of how the album was going to sound when it was finished. Ken was the 7th member of the band and always will be. The guy is a legend. We did this with him and went through it all with him. He was by our side; he wasn't leading us and we weren't leading him."
Ken Thomas - selected credits
ARTIST Role Title Client
HOPE OF THE STATES P, M Album 'The Lost Riots'
CLINIC P, M Album 'Winchester Cathedral'
MINUS M Album 'Jesus Christ Bobby'
MINUS P, M Album - 'Halldor Laxness'
DAVE GAHAN P, M Album - 'Paper Monster'
SIGUR ROS P,E Album - 'Sigur Ros'
RUU CAMPBELL P,E Tracks for forthcoming album
BEAT GLIDER P,E Single
SUEDE P,E Single - Simon
TERRORVISION M Single - D'ya Wanna Go Faster
SIGUR ROS P,E Album - Agaetis Byrjuv
QUEEN ADREENA P,E Album - Taxidermy
QUEEN ADREENA P,E Single - Jolene
ULTRA SOUND P,E Single
DAISY CHAINSAW P,E Album - Eleventeen
FINAL ACADEMY P,E Album - Sound Poets
BOTNLEDJA P,E Last two albums
SUGAR CUBES P,E Mixing
COCTEAU TWINS P,E EP
DEPECHE MODE REM 12" single - Questions Of Time
YELLO REM 12" single - The Race
GAY BIKERS ON ACID CP,E Album - Dig Your Own Hole
PUBLIC IMAGE E Single - Public Image
THE DAMNED P,E 12" single - Alone Again Or
PSYCHIC TV P,E Album - Dreams Less Sweet
PSYCHIC TV P,E Album - Force The Hand Of Chance
PSYCHIC TV P,E Singles - Godstar/Good Vibrations
BONGOS BUSH TETRAS P,E
TEST DEPARTMENT P,E Albums - x4
BRITH GOF WITH
GODDODDIN P,E Album - Godozen
23 SKIDOO P,E Albums (x3)
CLOCK DVA P,E Album - Thirst
AU PAIRS P,E Album - Playing With A Different
MODERN ENGLISH P,E Album - Mesh & Lace
UNUN P,E Album - Unun
REPTILES P,E Album - Fame and Fossills
LEMON KITTENS (feat Danielle Dax) Album -
BOYD RICE Album - God and Beast