Giles Martin Named UMG's Head of Audio & Sound

Alex Lake
Giles Martin

Grammy-winning producer will be based out of Abbey Road Studios.

Universal Music Group has named Grammy-winning producer Giles Martin to the newly created global role as Head of Audio & Sound.

In this position, Martin will lead UMG’s exploration and adoption of emerging audio formats and consumer technology. He will be based in UMG’s Abbey Road Studios in London.

Martin comes to UMG after a long association with Abbey Road, where the multi-instrumentalist has worked extensively as a music producer, composer and arranger. In 2007 he won two Grammy Awards for the Love soundtrack, an album of remixed Beatles music co-produced with his late father, George Martin.

For UMG, Martin will look at new audio technologies and potential partnerships with innovators in the field. As part of his role, Martin will encourage artists signed to UMG’s labels to record at Abbey Road and the company’s other landmark studio, Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

"The landscape of the way people listen to music has changed dramatically,” Martin said in a statement. “This is an exciting time. New technology should ensure the artist can now connect directly with the listener and it’s our job as the music industry to make sure that connection is as clear and direct as possible…It’s inspiring to be given the opportunity to work with an amazing team at UMG to push the boundaries of audio and sound for both the artist and the music lover.”

Universal Music UK chairman and CEO David Joseph, added, “We’ve worked very closely with Giles through his work with The Beatles at Abbey Road and he’s increasingly become part of the wider Universal Music family. As well as being an innovative and exceptionally versatile producer, he shares our passion for excellence in how music is heard. Giles’ unique approach means that as formats and services change there’s noone better to ensure we are best-serving artists, producers and fans in terms of audio delivery.”

 Since Martin’s production work for LOVE,  which opened in Las Vegas in June 2006, he has been at the helm for a diverse range of music entertainment projects, including Ron Howard’s documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years;  Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World and the British action franchise Kingsman. This year he has produced music for the forthcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman.