Screen Shot 2018-01-01 at 21.45.24With music, it’s the people who are lurking in the background that really create the magic. One of these people was John Dent who died over Xmas. John was a brilliant mastering engineer who over the decades took your recorded songs and cut them to vinyl, CD or whatever format you were releasing on.

It’s a tech job but without an innate love and understanding of music, it would be impossible to do properly. John was the best and turned every record he worked with into a piece of sonic wonder. He started at Trident and then moved to the Exchange in Camden and impressed everyone with his generous spirit and his craftsmanship.

He was also a genuine and beautiful man who cared as much about scruffy young bands like mine as the huge jobs he would be doing back to back first in Camden and then at his own place Loud Mastering in Taunton – a place built in his own image with tape machines and wizard technology!

Over the years I turned lots of people onto this wonder engineer and everyone was blown away but his craftsmanship and his genial nature that saw him awarded Mastering Engineer of the Year at the Music Producers Guild Awards 2014.

John Dent was mastering for over 40 years and was seriously good at it. His experience spans from cutting all the original Bob Marley records for Island Records in the late 1970s to mastering PJ Harvey’s recent

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Sad news John. He cut literally all the early Glass stuff at Island and a fair bit of the later stuff at The Exchange. Lovely guy.

  2. Very sad news indeed. John was involved in remastering the early Tubeway Army/Gary Numan records making them available to old and new fans. Condolences to family and friends

  3. Gutted, He was a true mastering legend and a true gentleman. He was incredibly generous with his insight and time. Once when I was mastering with him in Taunton the session went past the last train back to London.. Generous to a fault he let me stay over at his where I had the privilege of meeting his legendary life size Gavin Turk cow… A brilliant man …RIP John

    • Rupert – you summed him up perfectly there. A brilliant soul who really cared about the music he was working with. I was great every time I took a Membranes record to him.

  4. Such sad news, John mastered all the vinyl that we released and was an incredibly kind, funny and wise man that I would’ve loved to have got to have known more. He had amazing stories for days and his skills as an engineer was just beyond… a wonderful soul

  5. Just seeing this now. What a shame. I’m always excited when I find an LP with “JONZ” in the run-off. Never heard a single bad one. His legacy is etched into literally millions of LPs.


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