Julian Mendelsohn - World-renowned and Australian sound engineer ‘Julian Mendelsohn’ record producer who has worked with the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, ACDC, Bob Marley and Paul McCartney and many other high status clients. Julian’s works with such high profile acts have also lead to the involvement with over 25 number 1# hits in the UK charts.
In 1988 heightened a significant time in his career, Mendelsohn was name Producer of the Year at the British Phonographic Industry awards.
Mendelsohn always envisioned becoming a sound engineer, after completion of studying in Australia he was quick to move to the UK in 1972 to seek his dream, in the initial stages of his career he assumed attaining a sound engineer job would be an easy task, this was far from the reality.
With persistence in 1974 Mendelsohn was finally taken on by a small studio called ‘Milner sound’ ran by an ex BBC engineer John Milner the opportunity both great and financially great. In years time Penny Morgan from Sony International A&R joined Mendelsohn’s team who went on to run Milner after it was sold in 1979 and renamed ‘Producers Workshop’; where both Steve Lipson and Hugh Jones started their career.
John Milner acted as both a teacher and mentor to Mendelsohn, in the ‘Milner Sound studio’ Mendelsohn was able to experiment and develop his craft of sound engineering freely.
Mendelsohn first band session was with Linda Lewis and her band comprising of Jim Cregan (guitar), Max Middleton (keys), Robert Awaih (bass) and Gerry Conway on drums. The experience highlighted a personally fulfilling and special experience for Mendelsohn’s career.
More highlights during Mendelsohn time ‘Milner Sound’ were the sessions for Ian Hunter, Paul Rodgers, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Charlie Dore, Generation X, The Members, John Wetton & Bill Bruford, and Motorhead. Drummers were especially happy to work with Mendelsohn at Milner because he always went for a live drum sound, as opposed to the then fashionable dead sound.
By 1978 Milner Sound work flow increased and Mendelsohn was offered an interview with Jill Sinclair at Sarm Studios in Brick Lane, and got the job. He from 8 track to a mind boggling 48 tracks (Sarm was first 48 track studio in Europe).
The chief engineer was ‘Gary Langhan’ and after a few months of assisting he received the chance to conduct some sessions. This was an exciting period, with the advent of new digital gear from AMS, Lexicon, Fairlight and the Linndrum. The highpoint being the acquisition of one of the first Solid State Logic consoles in the UK.
During this two or three year period he was privileged to see ‘Trevor Horn’ with ‘Gary Langhan’ engineering become one of the most sought after producers of the time, working with artists like Yes, Dollar, The Buggles, ABC and Malcom McClaren.
Mendelsohn has work on array of hits, with world-class sound engineers such as ‘Peter Collins’ mixing "Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth, which was his first number one single, Sound engineer ‘Peter Gabriel’ mixing "Shock the Monkey", mixing Monsoon and Echo and the Bunnymen. To further add to the list ‘Andy Richards’ (producer and programmer) who later became one of Trevor Horn's team with artists like Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Propaganda.
In 1985 marked a busy year for Mendelsohn, working with ‘The Pet Shop Boys’, remixing a track called "Suburbia". This led to producing their tracks "It's a Sin" (UK No1) and "Always on My Mind" (Xmas No1). Work continued to working with star artists such as Dusty Springfield and Liza Minelli.
Further highlights in Mendelsohn’s career included co-producing the ‘Level 42’ album together with producer Wally Badaroo. Mixing album by Mike Lindup (Level 42) Other highlights were album mixes for Del Amitri, ABC, Johnny Hates Jazz, Aztec Camera, Kate Bush and the Petshop Boys "Behavior" album. Working with Paul Rogers (Bad Company, Free) and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) on their second Firm album. Single and 12" mixes included Sam Brown, Scritti Politti, Simple Minds, Go West and Inxs.
In the early 90’s Mendelsohn co-produced, together with "Wix" Wickens Tasmin Archer's debut album "Great Expectations" and the No1 single "Sleeping Satellite", soon after he privileged to be requested by Paul McCartney to produce his album "Off the Ground".
More recent work includes various recording and mixing for renowned Australian guitarist Roland Chadwick, recording Scottish band Belle and Sebastian, recording tracks for Seal's unplugged greatest hits album both with Trevor Horn and a 5.1 mix of Level 42 live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Projects completed since moving back to Australia include album, single and extended mixes for Sydney artist Catcall. The extended mix of Swimming Pool has been critically acclaimed. Album "Surrender to the Change" by Melbourne based band The Glorious.