Michael Bradford is a multi-platinum producer and songwriter, having produced work for a wildly diverse group of artists, including pop (Anita Baker, Ben Folds, Madonna), (Deep Purple, Stevie Nicks), Country (Travis Tritt, John Mellencamp), Underground (Pharcyde, Mindless Self-Indulgence), Hip-Hop (Run-DMC, Kid Rock) and Dance (Pure Sugar, Liz Primo). Bradford’s songwriting catalog includes several hits for Uncle Kracker, including his global smash “Follow Me”, which he also co-produced.
An accomplished composer and orchestra arranger, Bradford spent many years in association with the legendary Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, Train), where he learned the essential arts of composing for Film and Television, as well as arranging for large and small orchestras.
Bradford’s arranging skills have been heard on a variety of hits, as well as in live performances, such as Ringo Starr’s “Liverpool 8” tour and Dave Stewart’s “Tower of London” concerts, where Michael served as Bassist and Musical Director.
An early pioneer of Electronic Music and DJ culture, Bradford recorded for several years under the moniker “Chunky Style”, a period that included his hit remix of Lonnie Liston Smith’s classic “Expansions”, and his work with the dance group Pure Sugar and underground artists Mankind Liberation Front. Bradford has a long-running association with Moog Music, as an endorsed artist, as well as a proponent of bringing synthesizers into music education.
As a live musician, Bradford has performed with Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Ringo Starr, Eurythmics and Deep Purple, and many others.
As a recording artist, Bradford’s 2014 album “THE LONG NIGHT” was critically acclaimed, with Paul Zollo of American Songwriter Magazine coining a new term to describe it: “Funk Noir”. Bradford’s upcoming album project will feature downtempo remixes of some of cinema’s most famous scores by composer Bernard Herrmann, combining Bradford’s two passions, film music and electronics.
Some of Bradford’s most recent work can be heard in the Film “About Time”, where he co-produced a new recording of Ben Folds’ song “The Luckiest”, featuring Folds and a complete orchestra. Bradford has also recently produced music for the film “The Getaway”, as well as the upcoming film “Life Of Crime”, based on a novel by the legendary Elmore Leonard.
Bradford’s studio, Chunky Style Music, is a creative laboratory, abuzz with guitars, amps, drums, turntables, synthesizers and analog and digital recording technology, all interfaced into a classic Trident Console, circa 1974.