If you entered New York’s twilight clubland in 1981,
hardly an hour would pass without hearing the sonic
seduction of the new Yello Bostich 12” remix.
The track was the first studio offering from
Leeds-born producer Ian Tregoning in collaboration
with the band. It was an effective combination
resulting in many of Yello's 12” classics including
I Love You, Lost Again, Base for Alec, Oh Yeah,
Vicious Games, Goldrush and The Rhythm Divine along
with the albums : You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess,
Stella, The New Mix In One Go and One Second.
Yello were signed to DO-IT Records in London,
an independent label started by Ian and his brother
with producer Robin Scott. In 1978 they launched
M Pop Muzik - one of the first global electronic hits
of the 70s. One year later DO-IT followed with the
ground-breaking Adam & The Ants album Dirk Wears
White Sox which dominated the independent charts for
18 months. In 1982, DO-IT ceased trading and Ian
joined the Yello management team working out of London
and New York but continued working in the Yello studio.
He organised the sync for Oh Yeah in the 1986 John Hughes
film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
After 6 years abroad it was time to get back to
London where he met Kid Batchelor who ran Warriors
Dance - one of the first UK House labels, based at Addis
Ababa Studios. They created an interesting signature
sound on Bang The Party, No Smoke, Robert Owens and the
Land Of Plenty project - a surreal fusion of funk, electro
and sampling. Moving to Orinoco and Strongroom studios,
Ian worked with a host of distinguished projects. As
producer, engineer and mixer you’ll find his name on :
Boris Blank, Fela Kuti, Orbital, Joe Strummer, Murk
Productions, Propaganda, Republica, Test Department,
The Grid, Underworld, Yellow Magic Orchestra and the
late Billy Mackenzie.
In 1993 he formed Inky Blacknuss with Alex Knight and
Andrea Parker and released two dark and dirty 12”s on Andrew
Weatherall’s label. In 1995, he went solo and produced
the Stranger project, releasing the Volcano and Partly Cloudy
12”s for the revered Plink-Plonk imprint. This
culminated in the double-album Rolling Thunder which
featured contributions from Karl Hyde (Underworld),
Dieter Meier (Yello) and Chicago DJ Derrick Carter. It was
described by DJ magazine as ‘an intriguing album of
electronica, dense soundscapes and an abounding sense
of malevolence set over travelling rhythms’.
Since then he’s concentrated on writing music for
TV/Film with over 150 songs for the Extreme Music Library. His
dark ambience has been used in : CSI Miami, CSI New York,
Homeland, Horizon, Nextworld, Parks and Recreation, Sex
and the City, Star Trek, Top Gear and the first
Between 2005-2012, Ian collaborated with the visionary
drummer Jaki Liebezeit (CAN) to produce the Magnetik North
Evolver album - it’s a fusion of live drums, acoustic
instruments and analog sequencing. The results are a hypnotic
blend of krautrock, industrial and Detroit electro.
Kris Needs described it beautifully as ‘like listening
to a raga in an earthquake’. Sadly, after a short illness,
Jaki passed away in 2017. To celebrate Jaki’s lifefong influence,
Ian play live with Jono Podmore at the Köln Philharmonie
along with Irmin Schmidt, Drums Off Chaos, Jochen Irmler,
Michael Rother, Jah Wobble and many more.
In 2014 he teamed up again with Boris Blank to produce
the Electrified box-set. A magnificent collection of unreleased
solo tracks from 1977-2014. In 2016, Ian finally persuaded
Yello to play live and helped produce the four sell-out shows
at KraftwerkBerlin. Later that year, he hosted the Yellosphere
event at Ministry of Sound in London with Yello, Carl Craig
and Andrew Weatherall. Along with Andrew, he remixed the
Yello Frautonium 12” released on
In 2018, Boris and Ian launched a custom music production
service for Film and TV, more details at
Ian plays piano though his first instrument was trumpet
in a really atrocious school orchestra in Leeds.
He read Physics at the University of Salford in Manchester.