London-based producer Fred Gibson, aka Fred Again, is responsible for numerous chart-topping pop and rap songs, working alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, and Stefflon Don. He also produces for himself, blending house/electronica with samples he has pulled from social media.
His journey began after he joined an a cappella group at Brian Eno’s studio in London; there, he managed to impress Eno with his Logic skills, leading to Gibson gaining the revered musician as a mentor. By 2014 he was working alongside Eno, collaborating on his trilogy of albums alongside Underworld’s Karl Hyde. After an impressive start, Gibson went on to co-produce Roots Manuva’s 2015 album Bleeds. He followed that with a number of high-profile singles, including a couple of tracks on Ellie Goulding’s 2015 album Delirium, Stefflon Don and Charli XCX’s 2016 single “After the Afterparty,” and Little Mix’s 2017 single “Is Your Love Enough?” In 2018, he became in increasingly high demand, working with numerous musicians in a variety of genres, including Shawn Mendes, Ray BLK, George Ezra, Clean Bandit, Rita Ora, and Jess Glynne.
Gibson’s debut solo single, “Kyle (I Found You),” arrived in 2019, using samples he had sourced from social media, in this case a clip of a friend singing. In the same year, he worked closely alongside Ed Sheeran on No. 6 Collaborations; he co-produced all but two tracks on the album. Gibson had been nominated multiple times at awards ceremonies, but in 2020 he landed his first win for Producer of the Year at the Brit Awards. Later the same year, he released the GANG mixtape alongside Headie One, which featured an eclectic array of guests including Jamie XX, FKA twigs, Octavian, and Sampha. More stand-alone songs arrived in fall 2020, including “Jessie (I Miss You)” and “Julia (Deep Diving),” the latter of which found Gibson crafting a song around a social media post by singer Julia Michaels. ~ Liam Martin