Beginning his career as an apprentice engineer at Russian Hill Recording in San Francisco, he was taken under the wing of legendary recording engineer George Massenburg. Through Massenburg, in the early ‘90s, Silvey progressed to working at Skywalker Sound for Lucasfilm, learning the old school arts of recording and mixing on albums for Mariah Carey and Linda Ronstadt, along with orchestral records and movie projects including Jennifer 8 and the Sean Connery-starring Rising Sun.
In ’94, he co-founded Toast Studios in San Francisco. At Toast, Silvey worked with such diverse artists as R.E.M., Money Mark and Suzanne Ciani. “By the age of 25,” he says, “I had a full training in many genres.”
From the ‘00s on, Silvey’s reputation as a top-flight mixer began to grow, as he
completed landmark projects such as Portishead’s Third and Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs.
As a producer/engineer, everybody seemed to like my rough mixes... I think I just started then kind of insisting that the stuff that I either produced or recorded, I mixed it as well. At The Garden, I tried to concentrate on mixing. That became my specialty.
Now based in his latest incarnation of Toast Studios in West London, Silvey utilizes an array of vintage and modern equipment. The past decade has seen him mix Arctic Monkeys’ Suck It And See, Bryan Ferry’s Avonmore, The National’s Trouble Will Find Me, Arcade Fire’s Reflektor and Everything Now and Noel Gallagher’s Chasing Yesterday and Black Star Dancing EP. As a producer, he has worked with Baxter Dury, Bear’s Den and John Grant.