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Lee Groves is a producer / writer / mixer and programmer based in Sydney, Australia. After learning to play keyboards at the age of 8, Groves started his love affair with music. Lee is renowned for his work with Mark "Spike" Stent on projects for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Goldfrapp and Elbow to name a few.
In 1990 Lee programmed the critically acclaimed International Gold Series of sound cards for a large range of synthesizers, including Korg M & T series, Roland D-Series, Kawai and Ensoniq VFX which were used by artists as diverse as Vangelis, Paul Hardcastle, Talk Talk and the Pet Shop Boys.
Lee was then involved in setting up and producing content for the UK’s most respected sample CD organisation AMG and went on to co-produce, record and edit sample CDs with Norman Cook, Coldcut, Pascal Gabriel, drum sample CDs with Steve White (Paul Weller), Neil Conti (Prefab Sprout/David Bowie), Miles Bould (Sting/Robert Palmer), Dave Ruffy (Ruts/Sinead O’Connor), Danny Cummings (Dire Straits/George Michael), Phil Gould (Level 42), Keith Le Blanc (Sugarhill Gang / Trevor Horn), Talvin Singh and Dinesh Pandit and personal sample library products with Vince Clarke and JJ Jeczalik from Art Of Noise, amongst many others.
It was here Lee learned to love the arts of production and writing. He was also commissioned to create 4 sample CDs for AMG and those sounds can be heard on albums from Mirwais (Madonna) to The Crystal Method, from Craig Armstrong to Eurythmics to Rodney Jerkins (Brandy album), from Yello through to the Matrix Soundtrack and Garbage’s international smash album “Version 2.0” and from Gary Numan to Batman Forever soundtrack. At that time, Lee was doing a great deal of sessions, keyboard playing, writing, production and programming. Lee worked creatively with Emulator, Akai, Roland, Apple, Technics and Casio to help develop, record and program sounds and demos for their new products and was involved in writing & programming for Propellorhead’s “Reason” music software (both on Mac &PC) as well as composing demonstration songs for Apple’s Logic music production software, of which Lee is an avid user. Lee has also demonstrated several music software products extensively at various shows & exhibitions across the world and given several music technology and composition seminars.
For several years, Lee was the in-house sound designer, programmer and composer for dubbing / audio post production studio DubMaster Recordings and was involved in composition and sound design for (amongst many others) Tomorrow’s World (BBC), Equinoxe (CH4), Sony HDTV Worldwide Launch, Vauxhall, Apple, Oracle, Nuclear Electrics (Uden Associates), Rank and Price Waterhouse. Lee has also composed critically acclaimed music for PC & Playstation games including XS, Duke Nukem: The Manhattan Project and Carmageddon.
In 1996, Lee became one of the founder partners of UK record label PuSH recordings, where he produced & wrote under many artist names, most notably Terminalhead which was signed to by the VP of Sony’s Dance Division Lynn Cosgrave and subsequently to DJ Hyper’s imprint Kilowatt (Sanctuary) with an album released in April 2003. All singles enjoyed big support across the board from Steve Lamaq, Annie Nightingale, John Peel, Mary-Ann Hobbs (Radio One) and Hybrid through to Seb Fontaine and Howie B, from Fatboy Slim through to Ali B. One single in particular enjoyed rotation on the BBC1 television advert for Radio One.
Terminalhead were rarely out of the dance charts with remixes (Britney Spears/Madonna, Geri Halliwell, Nsync, Mansun, Lightning Seeds, The Ruts, Kirsty MacColl, BT and Iron Maiden amongst many others). Terminalhead was also a three piece live act that have played at many events including several Megadogs (WOMAD and Lizard Festival), Essential Festivals, Glastonbury (3 times), Lowlands (Holland), Pukkelpop (Belgium) and countless UK venues. For 3 years, Lee was resident at John Digweed’s Bedrock club at Heaven, London and held a DJ residency at London’s Turnmills club.
For many years Lee worked alongside Mark “Spike” Stent at the MixSuite, Olympic Studios. Their projects include tracks for Britney Spears (with Madonna), Janet Jackson (Lee also remixed “Rhythm Nation” for her notorious Superbowl performance), Aqualung, Dave Matthews (“Stand Up” album), Basement Jaxx, Craig David (programming and production on “The Story Goes”), Juliet (“Random Order” album produced by Stuart Price), Darren Hayes (from Savage Garden), Radiohead tracks, Marilyn Manson (“Personal Jesus”), Gwen Stefani (“Love Angel Music Baby” album and singles), Black Eyed Peas (“Let’s Get It Started”, “Don’t Phunk With My Heart”), Fischerspooner (“Odyssey” album), Shaggy, Enrique Iglesias, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp (“Supernature” album), Natasha Bedingfield (“These Words”, “Single”) and Elbow, with some very influential co-productions & collaborations.
Lee also had a music project called Hex Orchestra and tracks from the album "Human Experiments", a collaboration between Mark Altekruse, Pete Marett and Lee, with guests including Echo Strings, Australian Jeff Lang, Dominic Miller, Oroh Angiama and Vernon Reid from Living Colour.
In 2007 Lee relocated to Sydney, Australia and has a permanent studio at Level 7 Studios, owned by Daniel Jones (Savage Garden). Since moving, he produced Bertie Blackman's seminal "Secrets & Lies" album (which won an ARIA for Best Independent Release in 2009) and Short Stack's second nearly platinum album "This Is Bat Country" including double platinum selling single "Planets". Lee has also been writing and producing tracks with various Australian artists including Zowie, Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc), Amandah Wilkinson (Operator Please), CatCall, Jessica Mauboy, Katrina Noorbergen (Cassette Kids), Emma Hewitt, Dash & Will as well as a fascinating project with indigenous Australian artist Tjupurru containing contributions from 5 Grammy Award winning musicians including Don Grusin, Charlie Bisharat, Jeff Coffin and Bobby Singh. Lee is constantly songwriting with a plethora of local and international topliners.
In addition, Lee is the music mentor for the Qantas Spirit Of Young Australia Awards and is on the judging panel for the Australian Music Prize (AMP Award) for 2012. Lee will be appearing at the SONG SUMMIT 2012 as a songwriting mentor. Alongside these well regarded roles, Lee's current projects include production on a solo album with singer Fantine and production for hot Sydney band Because The Can.