I bumped into Mike many moons ago on MySpace with our common focal point being the early music of Simple Minds (Michael MacNeill period). The first track I heard by him was entitled ‘America‘, which I thought sort of paid homage to the aforementioned period of music. That was it and we’ve been in contact ever since buying his CD’s and chatting about his music and spheres of interest.
Mike’s from the UK and worked on the first two Coldplay EP’s, now quite collectable (still waiting for a copy of each – hint). Since then he’s moved to the far side of the world, to New Zealand no less. There he’s now opened his own Lodge Studios and has been busy with remixing artists tracks and writing and recording his own work, check out his expanding discography.
He’s been very productive in his series of ‘Music For Film‘ – with four volumes to buy. These wonderful audio soundscapes he’s produced are just waiting for the right film executives to pick up on them. As way of easing yourself into them you can download for free a sampler album ‘Remix For Film‘. So if you enjoy them then go check out the full works.
You actually may not realise that you’ve heard his music before, as television companies have used his material quite alot, especially the BBC. Advertisers too have used his scores including Sony and more recently EDF (old film reels of the 1908 Olympics in London with Michael Gambon talking over it). The track in question is actually entitled ‘The Farmer‘ and you can download the score for free.
So if you’re either a band looking for someone to produce you or a fan of instrumental pieces of contemporary music, Mike’s your man. Oh did I say he’s a very nice person too!