For Release: June 27, 2012

Steve Lillywhite, CBE, Named 133rd AES Convention Keynote

Legendary Producer For U2, Dave Matthews Band & The Rolling Stones

Steve Lillywhite

SAN FRANCISCO: Early this year, the Queen of England awarded multi-Platinum record producer Steve Lillywhite with a Commander of The British Empire (CBE) for his contributions to music. While some might consider this honor the culmination of a thirty-year career, Lillywhite promptly returned to the recording studio, where he has been busy producing new records for The Killers, Dave Matthews Band & Thirty Seconds To Mars. On Friday, October 26, Lillywhite will take another break from his studio chores to present the Keynote Address for the 133rd AES Convention at SF’s Moscone Center.

“Steve Lillywhite is a Producer Of The Year Grammy-winner who has made an indelible impact on popular music,” remarked AES Convention Co-Chair, Jim McTigue. “He has collaborated with a stunning array of artists. His discography boasts a remarkable list of critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects including eight albums with U2, four with the Dave Matthews Band and a Who’s Who list representing each of the last three decades. The 80s by Peter Gabriel, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, The Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Pogues, Big Country, XTC & The Smiths; the 90s by David Byrne, Morrissey, Travis, Dave Matthews Band & Phish; and the past decade with The Counting Crows, Matchbox Twenty, Thirty Seconds To Mars & The Killers.

“He has made an indelible impact on contemporary music and he continues to hone the razor edge with major new projects. His insights into the art of producing and engineering, coupled with his perspective on the impact of technology shifts and changes in recording styles, promise to provide AES attendees with inspiration, enlightenment and unforgettable anecdotes,” McTigue says.

Born in the UK in 1955, Lillywhite began his career as a tape operator for Polygram in 1972.  

“We are delighted to have Steve Lillywhite address our attendees,” Co-Chair Valerie Tyler concludes. “His work is as relevant and innovative today as it was at the beginning of his career. His Keynote Address marks an auspicious beginning for what is shaping up to be an exceptional convention.”

The 133rd AES Convention will be held at SF’s Moscone Center Oct. 26-29, 2012. For more details please visit:


Photo: Producer of The Year Grammy-winner, Steve Lillywhite will present the Keynote address for the 133rd AES Convention on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

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