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MUSICAL  CURIOSITY …

I have worked as a musician and studio producer for over 20 years and over the past 10 have focused on composing for picture.

Initially, after studying classical piano and gaining a masters degree in Composition in London I worked as a recording artist with underground labels. I also toured internationally with bands on drums, most notably with drum & bass act James Hardway, playing some interesting gigs and festivals like Glastonbury, before moving with my studio to Barcelona in 2002.

Since then I have concentrated on producing and mixing other artists and more recently creating original music for media, TV and 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.

Since 2014 I have worked closely with renowned Spanish 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 Premis Gaudí 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 cinema charts in 2015 and set a new box-office record for a female director in Spain, with over 1.3 million viewers.  The score was a mixture of brit-pop and jazz-flavoured comic fun, with many original songs written for the film.

Next, I was asked to be songwriter, composer and musical director for 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 reached number one in Spain 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 styling of the film.

I’m also very proud of many of my short form projects – the score for THE GUARDIAN, a beautiful, strange animated short by Alessandro Novelli, won Best International Short score at the Music and Sound Awards 2016, London. Meanwhile, SUNSTONE, a short film / title sequence about the highs and lows of relationships that I scored for the OFFF Festival, won Best Title Sequence at SXSW 2016 in the USA, competing against major Hollywood releases, such as Deadpool and Jason Bourne.

Most recently I crafted an energetic electronic soundtrack for TAKE THE BALL PASS THE BALL , the star-studded, feature-length documentary about the recent golden period of Barcelona Football Club under revolutionary manager Pep Guardiola.

Independently produced and told by the players themselves, the film charts the extraordinary rise of that almost unbeatable football team that changed the game, spearheaded by Leo Messi.  The hotly anticipated film came out in November 2018 to widespread acclaim, with the trailer getting over a million views in 24 hours. 

New projects for 2019 include work on Maria Ripoll’s new feature, Vivir Dos Veces.

 

Simon Smith - Film Composer and musician, Barcelona