Richard Norris’ musical career started at psychedelic label Bam Caruso, before producing the ‘Jack The Tab’ album with Genesis P.Orridge. This led to a solo deal as The Grid. Soft Cell keyboard player Dave Ball joined the Grid permanently soon after.
The Grid released a handful of best selling albums and 10 UK hit singles between 1990 – 1995, including the Balearic classic ‘Floatation’ and the million-selling international hit ‘Swamp Thing’.
He has recently worked in partnership with Erol Alkan as the highly influential duo Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve, and recorded two albums as a solo artist as The Time and Space Machine (Tirk). The Time and Space Machine released two albums and two remix compilations, ‘New Masters Volume 2’ (Nang) and ‘The Way Out Sound From In’ (Ample Play).
As a producer he has worked with Marc Almond, Robert Fripp, Billie Ray Martin, Jah Wobble, Sun Ra, Findlay Brown and many more. He has completed more than a hundred remixes; recent mixes include tracks for Warpaint, Interpol, Tame Impala, Jagwar Ma, Temples, Bryan Ferry, Cherry Ghost, DJ Harvey, The Chemical Brothers, Tracey Thorn, Goldfrapp, and many more. The Franz Ferdinand BTWS mix was shortlisted for DJ Magazine’s remix of the year 2010; the BTWS mix of Midlake’s ‘Roscoe’ was featured in the top 50 remixes of all time by NME.
Richard has also enjoyed a long and varied DJ career. He has played many clubs, festivals and parties from Ibiza to Oslo, Warsaw to Tokyo. His style mixes Balearic beats, cosmic disco, basement jams and psychedelic gems.
Current projects include the debut Beyond The Wizards Sleeve album, The Soft Bounce, released on Phantasy, as well as work on his new electronic band Circle Sky, who released a single ‘Reveal’/’Interstellar’ on Record Store Day 2016 and will be following this with an album in 2017. The Grid recently worked together on a collaborative album project with Robert Fripp, which will be released as an album entitled ‘Leviathan’.
Temples – Mesmerise
Warpaint – Disco//Very
Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss
Jagwar Ma – Uncertainty, Man I Need, The Throw, Did You Have To Float On? Exorcise
Bryan Ferry – Alphaville
Cheval Sombre – Without You
Doves – Jetsteam – Heavenly
DJ Harvey – I Want It
Psychemagik – Valley Of Paradise
Miriam and the Believer – Love Is Taking Over – Moshi Moshi
St. Etienne – Heading For The Fair
Tim Burgess – White Heartbreaks
Brian Eno – Ali Click
Yello – Vicious Games
Happy Mondays – Loose Fit/Bob’s Yer Uncle
Pet Shop Boys – DJ Culture
Erasure – Am I Right?
Rey De Copas – Frontero Del Ensueno
Rainer V The Grid – Nod to N2O
Soft Cell – Memorabilia
Stex – Still Feel The Rain
Jesus Loves You – Bow Down Mister
Daniel Avery – New Energy – Phantasy
Jimi Goodwin – Live Like A River – Heavenly
Temples – Move With The Season – Heavenly
Temples – Sun Structures album suite – Heavenly
Goldfrapp – Happiness – Mute
The Chemical Brothers – Battle Scars – Virgin
Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses – Domino
Badly Drawn Boy – Promises – EMI
Tracey Thorn – Raise The Roof – Virgin
Midlake – Roscoe – Bella Union
Late Of The Pier – The Bears Are Coming – EMI
Peter, Bjorn and John – Young Folks – Witchita
Dust Galaxy – Come Hear The Trumpets – ESL
Real Ones – Outlaw – Telle
Simian Mobile Disco – Love – Witchita
Findlay Brown – Losing The Will To Survive – Peacefrog
M Craft – Chemical Trails – Heavenly
Shock Machine – Shock Machine – Marathon