ANCHOR - Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award
When David Bowie’s album Blackstar came out at the end of 2015, it was the fourth album in a row music producer Tony Visconti produced for David. Blackstar was one of the most celebrated albums of the year and the decade winning two Grammys and the Album of the Year at the Brit Awards!
Since Bowie released his eponymous album, David Bowie, produced by Tony Visconti in 1969, the New York-based music producer has always been a vital part of the most decisive moments in Bowie’s career. Visconti also provided musical direction for T. Rex’s recordings as well as albums by Sparks, the Moody Blues, Thin Lizzy, Morrissey, Angelique Kidjo, Kaiser Chiefs, Alejandro Escovedo, The Damned and many others.
Visconti was born in Brooklyn and moved to London in 1967 to begin his stellar career in the music industry that led to him being one of the most important pop producers in history. His unique life path has been described in his autobiography: “Bowie, Bolan, and the Brooklyn Boy”.
Visconti, artist, music producer, and author, lives in New York City and looks toward the future with pure excitement. Recent albums he has produced include Emily’s D + Evolution for Esperanza Spalding, produced and mixed Optimist in Black for the brewery heir, model and actor Daphne Guinness, produced Merrie Land for The Good, the Bad & the Queen and produced and mixed Perry Farrell’s (lead singer from Jane’s Addiction) Kind Heaven. Earlier, he arranged and conducted strings for Foo Fighters on their song, “I Am A River,” from the Sonic Highways album.
Additionally, Tony’s hosted two seasons of musical television programs Guitar Star (2015 and 2016) and Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes (2017) both for Sky Television.
Tony is also the Music Director for the long-anticipated David Bowie film, Moonage Daydream, directed by Brett Morgen.
He also chairs the Anchor Award as head judge at The Reeperbahn Music Festival in Hamburg, Germany every year since 2016.