Brian Higgins (producer)

Brian Higgins (producer)

Brian Thomas Higgins [ [ full name registered with music publisher] ] is a British music producer who has written and produced albums and tracks for several highly successful pop music singers and groups, most notably Girls Aloud, through his Xenomania production group. A key collaborator with Higgins is Miranda Cooper, who shares co-writing credits in nearly all Xenomania-written tracks.

His musical style has been described as part electro, part power pop, more basic pop, with elements of New Wave, rave, and dance found in many of his collaborations in the more than 15 years he has been in the music industry.

Early career

Higgins hails from Whitehaven, Cumbria, on the edge of the Lake District of England. His father was a general practitioner. Influenced by the band ®tm (Registered Trade Mark) in the early eighties, he then played keyboards in a band called Despatch, including former members of ®tm.

In the late eighties, he moved to East Grinstead, West Sussex. Along with fellow Cumbrian and guitarist Dave Colquhoun they formed a band named Anything you want with Mark Scott. Dave Colquhoun soon left the band and now plays guitar with Rick Wakeman of Yes fame. Scott and Higgins continued. They had one release with Profile Records. They wrote countless songs for some eight years. Scott introduced Higgins to Steve Rodway. Higgins then started as a session musician for Rodway (also known as Motiv8). He then co-wrote and co-produced the hit 1997 song, 'All I Wanna Do' for Dannii Minogue. Two of his collaborators on this early hit, Tim Powell and Matt Gray, would become important future members of Xenomania.

His success with 'All I Wanna Do' led to an opportunity to co-write a song for Cher. This led to the international number one hit, 'Believe,' which was released in 1998. Once again, Powell and Gray were among his collaborators.

He has said that his sometimes wide musical tastes growing up, from punk rock groups like the Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols, to more electronic-based groups like Depeche Mode and New Order, have informed his distinct musical style as the main producer behind Xenomania. "It's natural", he has said, "for me to look for combinations of both in the music Xenomania creates."


In 2000, Higgins and Gray produced a single for London Records with the singer, Miranda Cooper (a.k.a. Moonbaby). Although the song did not become a hit, Ms. Cooper's unique lyric writing talents would become a key part of Xenomania.

Complications resulted from the late nineties sale of London Records to Universal Music Group. Eventually, Xenomania became an independent production company based in Kent, where Higgins, Cooper, and the rest of the Xenomania production team currently reside.


"He thinks everyone's got at least one number one hit in them,'" says Cooper, his long-time writing partner, in a 2004 "Observer Music Monthly" article. Higgins goes on to clarify: 'Music is a fundamental human need. Well, maybe not as necessary as water, but there's a natural tendency towards melody and rhythm in everybody. It's just a question of bringing it out."


Artists that Higgins has written or produced for include the Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Kylie Minogue, Alesha Dixon, Franz Ferdinand, Texas, Rachel Stevens, and Saint Etienne, among others.

Of ex-Sugababes member Mutya Buena, Higgins has said, "She's undoubtedly the finest female singer this country has produced in years - for me the closest comparison is Dusty Springfield."



# [,,1261034,00.html The Observer] Ben Thompson. "Heart Of The Country, Home Of The Hits." "Observer Music Monthly". July 2004.
# [ BBC Interview] Mark Savage. "The Hitmakers: Xenomania." BBC website. May 2005.
# [] Elisabeth Vincintelli. "Originality, Inc. - The Songwriting Factories of Europe."Slate Music Box". August 2005.
# [ BBC Interview] Mark Savage. "The Hitmakers: Xenomania." BBC website. May 2005.
# [,,1359307,00.html The Guardian] Alexis Petridis. "Girls Aloud, What Will The Neighbours Say?" Review. May 2004.

External links

* [ Full Discography of Xenomania (Fansite)]

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