MARK RANKIN

Biography

As a kid watching cover bands play in his parents’ pubs, Mark Rankin never thought he’d end up working on some of the definitive albums of the last two decades.

“I tried to learn to play the keyboard. I was six or seven,” he recalls. “Never learned it—it was just this massive thing that sat in my parents living room.”

Growing up during the dawn of electro and hip-hop, Rankin dove into the world of pirate radio stations and underground parties. He fast developed a taste for programming and production listening to DJ’s like Paul Oakenfeld spin at warehouses on the outskirts of London.

“It was the early ’90s when I got a sampler,” says Rankin. “That was the first time I got paid for making music—we’d make 12” singles, press up 500 copies, and sell them.”

Working construction and attending college in order to earn his sound engineering degree, Rankin got his first job in the business after sending out his resume and getting a call back from a mastering studio which he hadn’t even intended to contact. He found himself in a hub of French and British rock and electronic music, encountering acts like the Avalanches, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Bjork, Cassius, and Phoenix as he learned the trade. His experience turned into building a recording studio with his boss at the mastering studio.

“Paul Epworth came in one day and he was mastering something for Lomax. He saw the studio. Then he got his first producing gig, Future Heads. He did that there. Then on the back of that he got Bloc Party. That was the start—I was the house engineer, but that started my relationship with Paul.”

Noise complaints and a downturn in mastering business led Rankin and Epworth to take over a new studio. As Epworth’s key mixer and engineer, the duo worked on an impressive run of albums from Bloc Party (Silent Alarm), Florence + The Machine (Lungs, Ceremonials), and Adele (21), among others.

In 2012, Rankin moved from London to L.A. to begin working closely with Josh Homme on a variety of his projects, notably Queens of the Stone Age’s acclaimed …Like Clockwork, Eagles of Death Metal’s Zipper Down, and Iggy Pop’s comeback album Post Pop Depression. Now encamped in L.A., Rankin has begun to showcase his chops as a producer while solidifying his reputation as a premiere mixer.

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Queens Of The Stone Age

Villains

Matador Records

Co-Producer, Engineer

Queens of the Stone Age

"The Way You Used To Do" and "The Evil Has Landed" - singles

Matador Records

Co-Producer, Engineer

Dirty Heads

"Vacation" - Single

Five Seven Music

Mixer

POWERS

"Closer" - Single

Republic

Co-Producer

Day Wave

The Days We Had

Harvest Records

Co-Producer, Mixer

POWERS

"Heavy" and "Dance" - Singles

Republic

Co-Producer

Day Wave

"Untitled", "Wasting Time", and "Something Here" - singles

Harvest Records

Mixer, Producer

Cosima

"Girls Who Get Ready" and "Had To Feel Something" - Singles

Island Records

Mixer

Slaves

Take Control

Virgin

Mixer

Ferras

"Closer"- Single

Unsub Records

Mixer

Junior Empire

"West Coast" - Single

B-Unique Records

Mixer, Producer

Santigold

"Banshee" from 99 Cents

Atlantic Records

Engineer

James Morrison

"Demons", "Right Here", and "Higher Than Here" from Higher Than Here

Island Records

Mixer

Eagles Of Death Metal

Zipper Down

T Boy Records

Mixer, Recording Engineer

Jim Adkins

I Will Go EP

RCA

Mixer

Romans

Overthinking EP

Roc Nation

Mixer

Queens Of The Stone Age

...Like Clockwork

Matador

Mixer, Recording Engineer

Will Young

85% Proof

Island Records

Mixer

Southern

Lone Driver

Marathon Records

Mixer, Producer

The Bohicas

The Making Of

Domino Records

Additional Production, Mixer

Saint Motel

"My Type"

Parlophone

Mixer

Bombay Bicycle Club

So Long See You Tomorrow

Island Records

Mixer, Recording Engineer

Brody Dalle

"Hybrid Moments (Misfits Cover)"

Caroline Records

Mixer, Producer

Aluna George

Body Music

Island Records

Mixer

Eliza Doolittle

"Walking On Water", "Let It Rain"

Parlophone

Mixer

Saint Raymond

"Everything She Wants"

Asylum Records

Mixer, Producer

Willy Moon

Here's Willy Moon

Island Records

Mixer

Nina Nesbitt

"He's The One I'm Bringing Back"

Island Records

Mixer

Dizzy Rascal

"Scream"

XL Recordings

Mixer

Lianne La Havas

"Is Your Love Big Enough"

Atlantic Records

Mixer

The Big Pink

Future This

4AD

Recording Engineer

Friendly Fires

Pala

XL Recordings

Mixer, Recording Engineer

Adele

21

XL Recordings

Recording Engineer

Florence + The Machine

Ceremonials

Island Records

Mixer, Recording Engineer

Foster The People

Torches

Columbia Records

Mixer, Recording Engineer

Cee Lo Green

"No One's Gonna Love You"

Atlantic Records

Recording Engineer

Plan B

The Defamation Of Strickland Banks

Atlantic Records

Mixer, Recording Engineer

The Big Pink

"Stop The World"

4 AD

Recording Engineer

Jack Penate

Everything Is New

XL Recordings

Mixer, Recording Engineer

Florence + The Machine

Lungs

Island Records

Recording Engineer

Primal Scream

Beautiful Future

B Unique

Recording Engineer

Bloc Party

Silent Alarm

Wichita Recordings

Recording Engineer