William Orbit

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


William Wainwright, 30 July 1956, Shoreditch, Hackney, England. Although he had been recording under various guises since 1983, it was only in the late 90s that William Orbit became a household name because of his Emmy-award winning, internationally acclaimed production and writing work on Madonna’s 1998 Ray Of Light. It was Orbit’s work that gave the album its distinctive ethereal atmosphere and its breakbeats and drum ‘n’ bass-influenced sound. He also won Q magazine’s 1999 Best Producer award for his production of Blur’s 13. Although this work helped raise his profile enormously, Orbit has an impressive track record of remixing and production work. He has worked on tracks by a diverse and prestigious range of artists including: Sting, Belinda Carlisle, OMD, Julian Lennon, Les Négresses Vertes, the Human League, Gary Numan, Prince, Shakespear’s Sister, Malcolm McLaren, Erasure, S’Express, Propaganda, the Cure, Seal,...

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