Composer and musician Nick Laird-Clowes has, in recent years been heavily involved in composing music for film and documentary. Producing the score for ‘The Invisible Circus ‘and Griffin Dunne’s ‘Fierce People’ amongst others. Nick was also the music Consultant on Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘The Dreamers’.
Nick has worked with director Nick Broomfield providing the soundtracks for the award winning film ‘Battle for Haditha’ and the Greenpeace documentary ‘A Time Comes’, which also included the song ‘Mayday’. Subsequently working on various political documentaries including ‘Peace vs Justice ‘ and ‘The Enemy Within ‘ for Channel 4 .
As lead singer and one of the principal songwriters with The Dream Academy . Nick enjoyed worldwide success in the mid 80′s with songs including ‘ Life in a Northern Town’. The band’s music was also heavily featured in the John Hughes films ‘ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ‘ and ‘ Trains Planes and Automobiles’.
Nick has collaborated on songs with both Brian Wilson and David Gilmour notably contributing lyrics to Pink Floyd’s 1994 release ‘ The Division Bell, also organising ‘The Madcap’s Last Laugh’ – the memorial concert to Syd Barrett with Joe Boyd in 2007.
In 1999 he released the critically acclaimed album ‘Mona Lisa Overdrive’ under the name Trashmonk for Alan McGee’s Creation Records.
For the current reworking of Jerusalem Nick drew on rising stars from the world of new folk and veterans from the world of rock and roll together with a choir made up of everyday people.
Currently working as Music Consultant and Composer with Richard Curtis on his new film ‘About Time’ (due for release Sept 2013). Nick has been finding musicians to appear in the film, as well as recording and producing tracks with them in his London studio.
A 25-song ‘Best of the Dream Academy’ album is planned for worldwide release in 2013 and Nick has been deep in the Warner Brothers archives to find some rare and unreleased songs for inclusion. He continues to write and record songs for eventual future release.