Warne Livesey

Warne Livesey :: Matthew Good Band, Midnight Oil, The The, Xavier Rudd, 54.40, Paul Young, House of Love, Holly McNarland


Warne Livesey is a record producer and mix engineer with over twenty years experience in the music business. In that time he has worked with many successful artists and musicians all over the world and has amassed sales in excess of 15 million. Originally from the UK he now lives in Vancouver.

Livesey started playing music in London, England amidst the punk and new wave revolution of the late seventies. Originally a bass player he soon realised that his main passion was for recording. He soon established himself as an up and coming engineer, working with producers such as David Lord, Rhett Davis and Robin Miller. Through his work with The Specials he broke into production by recording projects for their ground breaking two tone record label and other indies such as some bizzare. This work came to the attention of Matt Johnson of The The, who gave Livesey his first major label break by asking him to produce half of his 1986 release' infected'. He also mixed all but one track on this album, which reach number 4 in the uk charts, was critically aclaimed and went on to sell 1 million copies wordwide. He also worked on The The's 1990 follow up album 'mindbomb'.

His first international success came with Midnight Oil's break out record 'diesel and dust'. The single 'beds are burning' was a hit all around the world and the album went on to sell 5 million copies. Livesey was again used to produce the follow up, 'blue sky mining' and after working with other producer's for two records the partnership was rekindled for the band's last two discs, 'redneck wonderland' and 'capricornia', before singer peter garrett decided to leave the music industry for a life in politics.

Many other production projects followed. Deacon Blue's number one album in the uk 'when the world knows your name', the house of love's 'babe rainbow' and co-writing with Mark Hollis formerly of Talk Talk for his eponymously titled solo album are just a few.

In 1997 he hooked up with the Vancouver based Matthew Good Band for their CD 'underdogs'. The album went platinum in Canada and the follow up 'beautiful midnight' went straight in at number one and reached double platinum. The band lasted one more record before self distructing but Matthew worked again with Livesey for his first two solo records.

  Matthew Good Band
Album: Beautiful Midnight
Midnight Oil
Album: Diesel And Dust
Xavier Rudd
Album: Koonyum Sun
The The
Album: Infected