nicholas alexander

photo ©Cordelia O'Driscoll 2017

Nicholas Alexander is a London-based composer, sound designer and producer. 

His music has appeared on National TV in the UK - BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, and on national radio, BBC Radio One and Two, BBC 6Music, and XFM amongst others.

Most recent credits include ITV's 2018 reality show Survival of the Fittest (music package including the main theme for A-Mnemonic), the main theme for BBC's coverage of International Women's Football, placements on Channel 4's Made in ChelseaTerraced House (Japan), amongst others, and a #3 album in Japan's alternative iTunes chart.

As a composer of production music, he has written material for/licensed pieces to A-Mnemonic, Finger Music, FELT, Beatsuite, and Music (x) Film and Sentric Music. This varies from pop to strings-laden ambient piano music.

Production credits so far in 2018 include the absolutely stunning Before Breakfast, German pop sensation Maksim Reimer, politico/guitar group Dead Slow Hoot, ambient piano composer, Adam Protz, and brand-new London-based noisey tunesmiths, Sorka. In 2017, working out of Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield (Richard Hawley, Arctic Monkeys) he produced two EPs for Sheffield jazz pioneers Bad Brew, pieces by award winning-arranger/composer John Jacks, and from his own studio, he produced The Topsy Turvy Kingdom by christian children's composers Michael J Tinker and Tim Chester (the second album he's produced with them), and also a cast recording of brand new musical, The Local, by prodigious Sheffield talent, Dominic Lo.

Alongside his writing and production, he is currently working for Patchwork London as sound one and sound designer for Season 3 of the immersive dining show at Park Chinois, a high-end fine-dining Chinese restaurant in London's exclusive Mayfair.

His work as lead songwriter and producer for Screaming Maldini from 2008-2014 garnered rave critical reviews.  Their self-titled debut album peaked at #3 on the Japanese iTunes Alternative Chart in January 2014, and saw them play a sell out tour in Japan in April 2014.  Two of their songs - The Awakening and Summer, Somewhere - appeared on the 2013 series of Channel 4's Made in Chelsea, and between them have amassed hundreds of thousands of plays on YouTube.

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Hugo Lynch - DEAD SLOW HOOT: "Nick is amazing at what he does, simple as that really. From the moment we played him the demos for our EP to him we felt like we were in safe hands. He made the recording process as smooth as possible and he immediately understood the effect we were going for without the need for exhaustive edits, resulting in an incredibly professional final product that only took four days to record. I can’t stress enough how efficient the process was with Nick; we came in with a tight budget which limited the amount of time we could spend in the studio, but we never once felt that we were being rushed out or that we were being led in the wrong direction. Furthermore, he was actively involved with the process and really put his full attention into each of our songs, adding harmonies and organ lines in spaces that we hadn’t even noticed. Working with Nick was a truly excellent experience and we will definitely be returning to him with our next project!"

James Pannell - BISCUIT KISS: "A wiry Alchemist of sound. He knew what the right recording technique was for us, exhaustively capturing live takes with excellent separation between instruments. He nailed my guitar sound and was willing to do things like re-amping, midi mapping and talking eq curves. He will patiently listen to you whilst you ask the music to sound punchy yet detailed. A darling of the industry."

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Andrew Hirst - NIXON: "I've recorded with Nick many times for multiple projects over the years, and I've always gone back to him for a reason. Along with what's expected from a professional (e.g. he knows his way around his recording software, his equipment is good, and the recordings always sound crisp and clear) the main thing I appreciate about Nick is that he always gives productive and creative input during the recording process, suggesting new ways of playing or arranging certain parts that can pan out in surprising and positive new ways. He doesn't just press 'record' and sit back - he is actively engaged in the process, and seems to genuinely care about everything he records."

Fraser Wilson - ALBION: "Nick is superb to work with because he is a great musician AND engineer.   He knows the musical effect that you’re after and harnesses the technology to deliver it – never the other way round. Being an intuitive and sensitive musician himself, I can completely trust his judgement – invaluable when the pressure is on. The best engineer-producers are highly inventive and come up with results that are more musical than what the artist originally fed in, and that’s certainly the case with Nick. Every part of the process, from planning to results, comes off professionally and stylishly.  He’s a real all-rounder who’s great fun to work with and a valuable part of any musical team."