Biography
Starting at Trident Studios in London and then the now legendary Island Record's Basing Street Studios, Tony worked as an assistant on sessions with the likes of Traffic, The Who, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
He engineered on sessions with John Martin, Free and many more, leading to him mixing the “Catch A Fire” album for a hitherto unknown Jamaican artist, Bob Marley and then recording and mixing the “Burnin” album - albums which arguably would launch reggae music into the mainstream for good. This association led him to complete ”Funky Kingston” for Toots and the Maytals and work with several other notable Reggae artists such as ZapPow, Lorna Bennet, Harry J’s All Stars, Aswad and The Cimarons.
His later reputation is principally based on work in the world of rock with the various spin off projects from Free and as engineer for Muff Winwood on the debut Sparks album “Kimono in my House” along with Sharks, John Martin and many others.
Turning freelance he recorded demos that prefaced deals for Thin Lizzy and the Stranglers before becoming engineer for Mutt Lange and working on the AC/DC albums “Highway to Hell” and “Back in Black”, Foreigner – “4”, Boomtown Rats – “Fine Art of Surfacing’ and Broken Home.
Joining the Zomba producer roster in 1980 he produced and engineered the work of artists such as Samson (with Bruce Dickenson singing), Iron Maiden, Krokus, Motorhead, Gary Moore, Cheap Trick, Ronnie Dio, The Cult and Marillion.
Being fortunate to have grown up alongside the rapid advances in audio and music technology has left him with a constant desire to try new recording techniques and musical styles which in turn has led to involvement with artists from many musical genres.
He recorded two albums for Buddy Guy - the Grammy winning “Damn Right I Got the Blues” and the follow up “Feels Like Rain” before developing a close involvement with the well respected “boutique” Jazz label, Dune Records, working with all their artists including Mercury nominated Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste, and Abram Wilson. Other productions in the Jazz genre have included Clare Teal’s “Don’t Talk” – her first for Sony Jazz which entered at 19 on the album chart and the most amazing U.S. band, The Bad Plus. He produced and engineered a solo album with Jacquie Dankworth before also producing a collaboration with her late father John Dankworth.
His engagement with rock continues however, and he has been involved in the development of a Canadian rock band, State of the Art over a three year period leading to a release this year. Further development work continues with Dublin based songstress Grace Wilde following a live acoustic album released early last year and an E.P released during the summer.
Running from 2015 into 2016, Tony mixed an album by Spanish improvisational jazz trio Naima, and completed an album with a Dutch 5 piece girl “rock” band called "Bells of Youth" that was released recently on V2 Records. Also just released is the new album for the Peter Edwards Trio, recorded at Snap! Studios and mixed in Tony’s own studio. Peter also plays piano for MOBO winner, Zara McFarlane. Currently completing production is a new album with Soweto Kinch and ongoing is “The Pessoa Project” featuring Tammy Weis & Antonio Forcione that features the poems of iconic Portugese writer Fernando Pessoa
Albums in the planning stages include a French Punk/Ska/Reggae band called "Two Tone Club" and Chilean guitar maestro Nano Stern.
In addition to all this he is Managing Director of the prestigious Music Producers Guild Awards, a member of the steering group for the APRS/MPG education initiative J.A.M.E.S. (Joint Audio Media Education Support) whilst undertaking some lecturing at Northampton University.