Grammy & BPI nominated Paul O’Duffy has consistently proved himself one of the world’s leading producers and songwriters with multi-platinum selling records and groundbreaking hits in each of the last three decades.
Starting out in London, at 17 he was engineering sessions for WAR and Marvin Gaye. A move to New York in 1984 would establish him as a successful remixer for the likes of Patti Labelle, KC & The Sunshine Band and Ian Dury & The Blockheads, which in turn set him up for a return to London at the end of the 80s and a move into production. His first success was Hipsway’s debut album which included Honeythief, a top 20 hit on both sides of the Atlantic, followed by the number one platinum selling debut album by Curiosity Killed the Cat, Keep Your Distance.
His 1988 BPI nomination for Producer of the Year came from his work on the multi-platinum debut album It’s Better To Travel by Swing Out Sister, which included the worldwide hit Breakout. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award and this led to more work for him and his distinctive sound with US acts. One of these was eccentric Pop R&B group Was Not Was with the resulting worldwide hits Walk The Dinosaur, Spy In The House Of Love and platinum selling album What Up, Dog? At the other end of the spectrum, O’Duffy additionally produced and mixed Tom Verlaine’s critically acclaimed solo album Flash Light.
Around this time Paul met and started a working relationship with legendary composer John Barry. Paul produced John ‘ s score for 007: The Living Daylights and various other projects with John up to the time of his passing.
In the Nineties O’Duffy’s songwriting also came to the fore, writing and producing on four subsequent albums for Swing Out Sister. He also produced Dusty Springfield – her album Reputation becoming Springfield’s bestselling new album since her ’60s-era peak. Other productions included the Pretenders, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Jeff Beck (on the score of Days Of Thunder), Lisa Stansfield, Danny Wilson (Mary’s Prayer) and The Beloved.
It was also in the late Nineties that Paul lent his production and mixing skills to the classic eponymous debut album by Lewis Taylor, cementing his reputation and ability to make truly groundbreaking records.
Due to a motorcycle accident Paul was forced to take a protracted period of time out to recover fully. Upon his return he built a writing and mix room at his home in North London. It was here that Amy Winehouse came to spend a month in 2007 to work on tracks and formulate the sound for what became the Back to Black album, which features the O’Duffy/Winehouse song Wake up Alone.
More recently Paul has continued working with some of the hottest names in the business as well as a number of the freshest faces out of the UK, accruing cuts with the likes of Ella Eyre (Virgin/EMI), Charlotte OC (Interscope), Purple Ferdinand (Columbia), Will Heard (Black Butter/Polydor), Andreya Triana (Nina Tune) and Genevieve (Verve US). Paul has two cuts on the Lapsley (XL) album “Long Way Home” which has been nominated for AIM Independent Album of the Year.
Paul has recently been busy writing with a long list of talented artists and writers alike, inluding David Guetta (Warner), Becky Hill (Parlophone), Zak Abel (Atlantic), Moko (MTA), Aurora (Decca) and Cosima (Island). Paul is also currently working with Rebecca Ferguson (RCA), Kimberley Henderson, Snakehips (RCA), Raye (Polydor) and Tom Walker (Relentless).