10th December 2010
Ken Scott biog
Throughout his forty years in the recording industry, Ken Scott has had a reputation as being "one of the best".
His start, at the age of 16, came from the world renowned Abbey Road studios where he initially worked in the tape library. Within a very short time he had worked his way up to the position of recording engineer and found himself working with the elite of the popular music world. He was THE backroom boy for acts like the Beatles, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Procol Harum and many more.
Ken's desire to work with as many types of artists as possible , limited by EMI Records ownership of Abbey Road, led him to one of the fastest growing independent studios. At Trident Studios he garnered two Grammy nominations, a Cleo and millions of record sales with such artists as Elton John, George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, the Rolling Stones and America.
The need to grow led Ken to production and more artistic say in the way projects turned out. It was through his knowledge and foresight that artists like David Bowie and Supertramp became superstars, once again leading to millions of sales and still more Grammy nominations.
When Frank Zappa brought a band to Ken's attention, Missing Persons, the decision was made to be their engineer, producer and manager. Once again expanding Ken's area of expertise, this time looking after the bands entire career. The success continued, a first album with sales exceeding 800,000 units, sell out concerts at such places as Long Beach Arena and a performance in front of 190,000 people at the last US Festival.
Over the last few years Ken has received still more gold and platinum awards from around the world, with acts such as Level 42 and Duran Duran, as well as his work with George Harrison and the George Harrison Estate. Ken has also been taking time away from the studio to lecture on his career and to develop EpiK DrumS, new computer software based on his past work.
In some late breaking news Ken has just been honoured by the APRS by his election to the Sound Fellowship of the APRS along with this years other recipients Quincy Jones, Mark Knopfler, Sir Paul McCartney and Hugh Padgham.