STORY TELLING THROUGH MUSIC
I have worked as a professional musician and independent producer since 1995. Originally from Scotland, I studied classical piano and gained a Masters degree in Composition in London and began there a career as a recording artist and session musician, touring internationally with bands and playing major festivals like Glastonbury, before moving to Barcelona in 2002.
Since then I have concentrated on composing and music production for other artists and creating original music for media, TV and most recently feature films. My soundtrack work has screened internationally and I’m happy to say we have picked up a number of awards and nominations along the way.
The score for THE GUARDIAN, a beautiful animated short, recently won best international short score at the Music and Sound Awards 2016, London. Meanwhile, SUNSTONE, a short film / title sequence I scored for the OFFF Festival 2014, recently won best title sequence at SXSW 2016 in the USA, competing against major Hollywood releases.
In terms of feature films, since 2014 I have worked closely with renowned film director Maria Ripoll, first on the score for her indie feature TRACES OF SANDALWOOD, that won the audience award at the Montreal World Film Festival and Best Picture at the Gaudís 2015 in Spain. The intimate, piano-based score was also nominated for a Gaudí and received excellent reviews.
Maria then invited me to work with her on hit Spanish comedian Dani Rovira’s second feature film, NOW OR NEVER, that topped the Spanish charts in 2015 and set a new box-office record for a female director in Spain. The score was a mixture of brit-pop and jazz-flavoured comic fun, with many original songs written for the film.
Most recently, I was asked to be songwriter, composer and musical director for the film DON’T BLAME KARMA FOR BEING AN IDIOT, the musical romantic comedy based on the best selling novel of the same name. Starring Goya winner Veronica Echegui and Alex Garcia, it opened in cinemas across Spain in November 2016, reaching number 1 during it’s second week. In close collaboration with Maria from script stage onwards, we invented a pop star and his musical journey, embedded into a kooky retro soundtrack to match the colourful and playful style of the film.
I am now currently developing several new projects for 2017-18.