Daniel Abraham (record producer)

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Daniel Abraham is a French record producer, sound engineer and record mixer.

He has most closely been associated with the band Duran Duran, with whom he worked on the Notorious and Big Thing albums.

Abraham has also worked with artists like Seal, Saint Etienne and Madonna.

Daniel Abraham started his career in Paris in the late 1970s, working out of the renowned Studio Davout with French bands such as Trust (Trust IV, Man's Trap, Rock'n'Roll) and Taxi Girl (Paris, Dites-le fort - Nous sommes jeunes nous sommes fiers). While there, he also recorded albums for several International artists such as Nina Simone (Fodder on My Wings), Sugar Blue, Little Milton, and other Blues musicians. The album he recorded for Andrew "Big Voice" Odom (Feel So Good) was awarded the Grand Prix Du Jazz in 1982, while the album he recorded for Little Milton (The Blues Is Allright) received the Grand Prix de l'Academie du Disque Francais in 1982.

In 1985, he started working on demos for the Duran Duran Notorious album in Paris. After a few weeks, the band asked him to follow them to London to continue working on the album proper along with producer Nile Rodgers, and then to New York for the final mixing phase of the album.[1] [2] [3]

Following the release of Notorious, Abraham decided to relocate permanently in the US and began his international career [4]. Between 1985 and 1988. he worked almost exclusively for Duran Duran: after Notorious, he recorded a live mini album Live at the Ahoy, co-produced and engineered Big Thing [5] [6] [7], including the hit single I Don't Want Your Love, did several extended remixes including Skin Trade and recorded several live shows for radio (the oft-bootlegged "Live a the Beacon Theater", finally released in 2010), and for a video documentary of the 1987 tour "Three to Get Ready". On Big Thing, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor stated a preference for Abraham's original mix of the song "Drug (It's Just A State Of Mind)" over the version that made it onto the album. It was such a bone of contention, that rumors say Taylor was about to quit the band over the mishandling of the track. This mix has been restored on the 1997 reissue version.

Daniel Abraham then started getting involved with the NY remix scene around 1987, first engineering for several DJ remixers (most notably Justin Strauss), working on remixes for The Fine Young Cannibals, A-ha, Gloria Estefan, Information Society, Tina Turner, and Grace Jones, among others. He also established himself as a remixer specializing in radio-friendly single remixes, working for artists such as Madonna (Rain, Fever, Don't Stop on the Bedtime Stories album, Aaron Neville (Everybody Plays the Fool, "Don't Take Away My Heaven"), Seal ("Prayer for the Dying"), Cece Peniston (Crazy Love), Celine Dion (Love Can Move Mountains), Gloria Estefan (Everlasting Love) , and Amy Grant's five singles from her 1991 commercial breakthrough, including Baby Baby, Every Heartbeat, That's What Love Is For, Good for Me and I Will Remember You. [8]

Overall, Daniel Abraham placed over 80 singles in the charts and has received numerous RIAA-certified Gold and Platinum awards for his work. In 1991 alone, his mixes, remixes and productions appeared in the Billboard Top 100 charts for 48 weeks out of 50 charting weeks.


Abraham worked under the aegis of White Falcon Productions.


  1. "'Duran Duran: Les Pop Modernes', author=Sebastien Bataille". Editions Fayard. https://books.google.com/books?id=woOPBgAAQBAJ&pg=PT55. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  2. Pierre van Veldhoven,TiM Bodfish, Ansgar Thomann and Gabby. "Duran Duran 1986 A Notorious Timeline". http://durancompilations.com/1986_04.html. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  3. Marcello Santone,Christian D'Antonio: "Duran Duran 1981-2006: Glam Pop Party" (Abraham interview on pages 99-117)
  4. Ziffer, Amy. "Daniel Abraham's International Perspective", Mix_(magazine), February 1991
  5. "'Duran Duran: Les Pop Modernes', author=Sebastien Bataille". Editions Fayard. https://books.google.com/books?id=woOPBgAAQBAJ&pg=PT63. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  6. "'Duran Duran 1988 Big Thing'". duranasty.com. http://www.duranasty.com/press_releases_reissues/big_thing_reissue/big_thing_collector's_edition_2010_duranasty_special.htm. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  7. Marcello Santone,Christian D'Antonio: "Duran Duran 1981-2006: Glam Pop Party" (Abraham interview on pages 118-137)
  8. Castle, Bill (1991). "Daniel Abraham Touts Potent Mix Of Talents", p. 30. Billboard Magazine, July 13, 1991

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