Composer and musician Nick Laird-Clowes has, in recent years, been composing music for film and documentary, producing the score for the Adam Brooks film ‘The Invisible Circus’ and Griffin Dunne’s ‘Fierce People’ amongst others.
For the last year he has been working as composer and music consultant with director Richard Curtis on his new film ‘About Time’ (Sept. 2013).
Nick has worked with director Nick Broomfield, providing the soundtracks for both the award winning film ‘Battle for Haditha’ and the Greenpeace documentary ‘A Time Comes’ which also included his song ‘Mayday’.
Subsequently he worked on various political documentaries including ‘Peace vs Justice’ and ‘The Enemy Within’ for Channel 4 .
In 2003 he was music consultant to Bernardo Bertolucci on his film ‘The Dreamers’.
As lead singer and principal songwriter with The Dream Academy, Nick enjoyed worldwide success in the mid 80′s with songs including ‘Life in a Northern Town’ and ‘The Love Parade’. The band’s music was also heavily featured in the John Hughes films ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’. Diane Keaton’s directorial debut ‘Heaven’ also featured music specially composed by the band.
Nick has collaborated on songs with both Brian Wilson and with David Gilmour on numerous projects, notably contributing lyrics to Pink Floyd’s ‘The Division Bell’.
In 2007, together with Joe Boyd, he organised ‘The Madcap’s Last Laugh’ – the memorial concert for Syd Barrett.
In 1999 Nick released the critically acclaimed album ‘Mona Lisa Overdrive’ under the name Trashmonk for Alan McGee’s Creation Records.
A 25 song ‘Best of The Dream Academy’ album is scheduled for worldwide release in 2014.
Nick also continues to write and record songs for future release.