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Ivor Novello Award Winner Iain Archer Joins Pro7ect 2018 Songwriting Retreat

Iain Archer, who has a host of songwriting credits for artist such as Jake Bugg, Snow Patrol and James Bay, is also an exceptionally talented record producer.

Pro7ect is delighted to announce that award winning producer, artist and songwriter Iain Archer will be joining its 2018 songwriting retreat, hosted by Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton next February.

Iain Archer has won two Ivor Novello Awards – for songwriting on Snow Patrol’s Final Straw album and James Bay’s Hold Back The River. He was also nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Hold Back The River and nominated for an Ivor Novello for Two Fingers, which he wrote with Jake Bugg. His production credits include Jake’s Bugg’s eponymous album (including the singles Lightning Bolt, Taste It and Trouble Town), Luke Sital-Singh’s debut album The Fire Inside, You Me At Six’s single Take On The World with Jacquire King and Louis Berry’s singles She Wants Me, 25 Reasons and Rebel. He has also recently worked with Sigrid, Frank Turner, Shells, Steve Mason and Fink.

“After such a huge success at this year’s Pro7ect songwriting week we are really excited to return to Hotel Pelirocco in February 2018 and to have Iain Archer join us as our first Headline Producer,” Lisa Fitzgibbon, Pro7ect Creative Director. “Iain’s work with Snow Patrol, Jake Bugg and James Bay adds a totally new dimension to the P7 creative team and we are looking forward to working with him. We have had loads of applications already, from musician, songwriters and producers from all over the world, and we recommend that artists apply early as places are limited. It’s a life changer!”

Iain Archer adds: “It’s very exciting to be a part of Pro7ect 2018 – as a writer and producer, I value those that have handed down knowledge and experience to me throughout the years, so it’s something that’s important to me in terms of inspiring the next generation of writers and producers. Collaboration often creates new possibilities, it can challenge you as a writer and open your creative horizon. Collaboration means trusting someone else with your baby – that tension can breed unexpectedly great results. Collaboration can be a skill in itself so it helps to practise.”

During the entire Pro7ect 2018 retreat, which runs from 19th – 23rd February, 2018, Archer will operate one of four pop up studios at Hotel Pelirocco, each of which is equipped with the latest recording technology from manufacturers such as Prism Sound, PMC, Focusrite/Novation, Roland and Audio Technica.

Pro7ect 2018 gives songwriters and artists the opportunity to work with A-list producers to write, record and produce great music. In previous years these have included Youth (Sir Paul McCartney/The Verve/Echo & The Bunnymen/The Orb), Roni Size (Reprazent, Method Man, Zac de la Rocha), John Fortis (Razorlight, Ellie Goulding, Yellowdays), Stew Jackson (Massive Attack/Phantom Limb) and Andrew Levy (Brand New Heavies).

The Pro7ect experience is highly collaborative and often results in a large volume of material being written and recorded in a very short pace for time. In 2017, for example, 20 songs were written and recorded in just four days. Six of these songs were optioned by artists and publishers less than a week after the event concluded.

For the duration of Pro7ect, participants work in producer-led teams to write and record a track a day for three days. The teams are changed each day and the songs are either written for one of the artists in the room or to spec using tip sheets. Every evening there is a feedback session where teams play the result of their day’s work to the entire group.

The cost of participating is between £1089 and £1299, which includes food and accommodation for four nights. Places are limited and anyone wishing to take part should visit

to apply. UK applicants can now apply for funding through the PRS Foundation Writer/Producers Fund. For more information please visit:

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Pro7ect is a global network of musical professionals that facilitate creative opportunities for songwriters, producers and musicians to collaborate at residential writing retreats. We inspire musical collaboration.

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