Born in Bristol, Jez Coad is a talented British record producer, musician and writer. He started out in music at an early age and first met and worked with Derek and Dave in the gospel rock band Amaziah in the 1970’s.
He started out in medical school training to be a doctor but his real love was music and he left to pursue a career in the music business. A very understanding principal wished him well and offered to take him back if things didn’t work out! But, of course, he never did. Amongst his many impressive credits Jez has toured with his band, the Surfing Brides. Jez produced the 2005 album, Black & White 050505, by the Scottish rock group Simple Minds in addition to writing and arranging parts of the album, he worked with Bob Clearmountain on the mixing. He also produced their subsequent album, Graffiti Soul. Jez’s association with Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr continued on the Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr project in which Jez produced, wrote and played. This culminated in a 2010 European tour where Jez played guitar. He also produced the Andrew Strong album, Gypsy’s Kiss. Jez worked extensively with the Gutter Brothers, producing: Isometric Boogie, Gone to the Dogs, The Failsafe, Already Dead, and recently El Krusho. They also worked together on the soundtrack for the Christmas episode of Only Fools and Horses, “Miami Twice” for BBC Television. In addition Jez produced the album Sparky’s Dinner, by the Surfing Brides for I.R.S. Records.Jez has had tracks in various films, such as Austin Powers, The Match and Staggered with Martin Clunes in which he appeared with The Surfing Brides.
In producing, arranging and playing on Derek Elliott’s album Life Just Comes and Goes Jez adds his own footnote: “Working on this album I was constantly struck by the amount of heart and soul Derek has put into it. There are songs which are written directly from personal experience that are very moving and have great depth … and others that are joyous and infectious. “Lullaby”, a song written in response to the sad death of his mother is particularly poignant, yet serenely beautiful. Derek has striven to make this album as honest as possible and has succeeded. It was a pleasure to work on, and I wish him all the very best with it!”