Producer (Mighty ReArranger)

Stent's beginnings were humble. He grew up in Surrey near the famous Jacobs residential studio complex and upon leaving school at 16, bent on a job in the audio industry, he badgered the studio owner until given a job mowing lawns and maintaining tennis courts. Stent worked his way up until he fell under the tutelage of chief engineer, Ken Thomas. "I was very lucky", comments Stent, "I got to mix bands very early on and I learnt to mix them properly - it's a bit of a dying art these days".

After four-and-a-half years at Jacobs Studios, Stent moved to Trident in central London before going freelance in 1987. "I gained a reputation for remixing 12-inches", explains Stent. "People seemed to like the sound I was getting and things grew from there".

I've been using Macs for a long time and it's unlikely that I'd ever work with anything else. The real breakthrough came with indie popsters, the KLF. "That was when I started using mixing as a work-in-progress rather than as an end stage", he explains.

http://www.apple.com/uk/pro/music/spikestent/

Mark 'Spike' Stent is a British record producer, and audio engineer who has worked with The KLF, Björk, Keane, Depeche Mode, Muse, Erasure, Hard-Fi, Massive Attack, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, the Pet Shop Boys, Dave Matthews, No Doubt/Gwen Stefani, CSS, Beth Orton, Oasis, the Spice Girls, Take That, Linkin Park, Craig David, S Club 7, Wheatus, U2, Britney Spears, Goldfrapp and Maroon 5, among others. Primarily a mixing engineer, Stent is one of the most sought after in the business.

Stent used to work out of Olympic Studios, his custom built studio in Barnes, South London, but has since moved to LA, where many of his clients are. (The studio was built as part of a joint venture between himself and EMI - EMI paid for the building, and Stent equipped it.)

In 2005, Radiohead members confirmed that they were going to record sessions for their new album with Stent. As of August 2006, the band had apparently finished their sessions for In Rainbows with Stent and began work again with their longtime producer Nigel Godrich. The liner notes of the album show Stent is not credited as a producer, but is one of the people the band thanked.

Stent is mixing the latest album by Muse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Stent

Mark Stent's nickname Spike came about during a session with the band The Mission in 1987, when he was engineer for producer John Paul Jones, and the band's singer couldn't remember the name of the spikey-haired youth in front of him. He called him 'Spike' and the name stuck. Eleven years later there's no spiky hair to be seen, and Stent looks like a clean and thoroughly well-adjusted 30-something.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan99/articles/spike366.htm

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