Hal Lindes performing with Dire Straits in Newcastle City Hall
|Birth name||Hal Andrew Lindes|
30 June 1953 |
Monterey, California United States
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, film scorer|
|Associated acts||Dire Straits|
In 1979, he played guitar with the rock group Darling. Signed to Charisma Records, they released the single "Do You Wanna" and published the album Put It Down To Experience the same year. In 1980 he began recording a solo album with producer Al Kooper, along with Herbie Flowers on bass and John Bradbury (of The Specials) on drums. The project was halted mid-stream when Lindes received an invitation by Mark Knopfler to join the British rock band Dire Straits.
Dire Straits (1980-1985)
Lindes became a full-time member of Dire Straits at the end of 1980 while the band were promoting their third album, Making Movies. During his five-year tenure with the group, Dire Straits grew from playing small clubs to performing in sold out stadiums. He featured in the their next album, 1982's Love Over Gold as well as the 1983 EP, titled ExtendedancEPlay.
During this time Mark Knopfler was also involved with composing the music score for David Puttnam's 1983 film Local Hero, in which Lindes also performed on some of the cues. It was at this point that he discovered a passion for composing film soundtracks. Lindes toured with Dire Straits for their 1983 world tour and was present on the live album Alchemy Live, double album of excerpts from concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983 which was released in early 1984. In early 1985, while Dire Straits were recording tracks for their Brothers In Arms album, Lindes left Dire Straits to compose film soundtracks full-time.
Film scores (1985-present)
Since his departure from Dire Straits, Hal Lindes has composed music for a large number of films, and continues to enjoy success, winning various awards, including a Royal Television Society Award for the BAFTA award nominated film Reckless and a TRIC award for Best TV Theme Music. Lindes is best known for composing the soundtrack to The Boys Are Back, a Miramax film directed by Scott Hicks and starring Clive Owen, in which his guitar score is paired with songs by Sigur Rós, Ray Lamontagne and Carla Bruni.
Lindes is also in demand as both guitarist and arranger with many artists of note. CD releases in 2009 include tracks on Third Stone from the Sun (Jimi Hendrix Tribute), El Becko (Jeff Beck Tribute), and Brian Tarquin's solo CD Fretworx, as well as iTunes download release of The Music from Apparitions Score.
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