Neil Dawes

Assistant Engineer

Neil’s interest in music was sparked while listening to his parents’ vinyl collection. He first took up the flute, then later guitar and continues to try to pick up new instruments. When in his teens, Neil’s guitar teacher invited him to do live sound at a gig – the experience of being behind the desk had Neil hooked and set him on a path to becoming a sound engineer. As a result, he decided to complete the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey, where he developed an interest in recording genres from classical to metal, leading to him to a placement year at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. This allowed him to explore recording a range of up-and-coming world class classical and jazz musicians, big bands, solo piano and full symphony orchestras.

After graduating, Neil achieved his ambition of working at Abbey Road Studios, starting as a runner in September 2018 and progressing to become an assistant in 2020. Since then, he has worked on a variety of projects including film scores and pop records. He has worked with artists such as: Taylor Swift, Biffy Clyro, All Them Witches, Ed Sheeran and Michael Bublé. He has also worked with composers such as: James Newton Howard, Michael Giacchino, Danny Elfman, Ramin Djawadi, and Aime Doherty.

"Abbey Road has always represented the forefront of recording to me, from the first experiments with stereo by Alan Blumlein, to the creative use of the technology with The Beatles, to experimenting with Atmos now. Working in the same place where so many incredible recordings, and technological advances have happened is a surreal experience. It is a privilege to be in the studios every day."


Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - James Newton Howard
Jurassic World Dominion - Micheal Giacchino
Love not War - War Child
Notre-Dame Brûle - Simon Franglen
Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre - Chris Benstead
Operation Mincemeat - Thomas Newman
The Bad Guys - Daniel Pemberton
The Batman - Michael Giacchino
= - Ed Sheeran
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella  - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Bond 25 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christmas (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition) - Michael Bublé
Christmas Choral Classics: Encore   - Crouch End Festival Chorus
Christmas Tree Farm (Old Timey Version)  - Taylor Swift
Eternals  - Ramin Djawadi
Happy - Lance Ellington
Have You Heard George’s Podcast? - Benbrick
Le Sommet des Dieux  - Amin Bouhafa
Lisey's Story  - Clark
News Of The World  - James Newton Howard
Patina - Peter Gregson
Spirit Untamed - Amie Doherty
Stillwater - Mychael Danna
Surreal  - Ramin Djawadi
The Beatles: Get Back  - The Beatles
The Croods: A New Age - Mark Mothersbaugh
The Matrix: Resurrections  - Johnny Klimek / Tom Tykwer
The Starling  - Benjamin Wallfisch
Trolls: Holiday in Harmony - Joseph Shirley
Wonderful World - Chris Standring Trio & Orchestra
A Celebration of Endings - Biffy Clyro
Endeavour  - Matt Slater
Fe@rless - Anne-Katherin Dern
Holy - Justin Bieber & The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir
Johnny Cash & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Johnny Cash & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Nothing as the Ideal - All Them Witches
Time - Jess Gillam
All I Want for Christmas Is A Work Email - Self Esteem
Brits Critics Choice 2020 - Celeste, Joy Crookes & Beabadoobee
Children In Need: Got It Covered - Various Artists
Star Wars Galaxy's Edge - John Williams
Yesterday - Daniel Pemberton