Producer/multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrow may be best known as a founding member of Portishead, but he tackled many other projects in addition to that trailblazing group. Before Portishead formed in 1991, Barrow worked at Bristol, England's Coach House studio, where he met Massive Attack and then Tricky, producing the rapper's track for a sickle cell charity album. During that time, Barrow's reputation as a remix producer grew as he worked on tracks by Primal Scream, Paul Weller, Gabrielle, and Depeche Mode. After meeting singer Beth Gibbons in 1991, the pair began writing songs together with guitarist Adrian Utley, who eventually became the group's third member. Portishead's short film To Kill a Dead Man, which featured the group's music and Gibbons and Barrow as actors, attracted the attention of Go! Records, who signed the band and released its debut, Dummy, in 1994. Dummy earned near-instant, unanimous acclaim in the U.K., including the Mercury Music Prize. Soon after winning that award, Barrow began work on Portishead's second, self-titled album, which surfaced in 1997 and was followed by the live album PNYC in 1998.