Nick Foster

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Nick Foster
Born UK
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, composer,
Years active 1995–present
Website www.homemademusic.tv

Nick Foster is a multiple BAFTA-winning[1] British TV composer and music producer who has worked extensively over the past fifteen years. He is best known for composing music for television shows in the UK and US, such as The Cube,[2] the Derren Brown[3] programmes, The Job, Rocket's Island, Penn & Teller, and Let's Dance For Comic Relief, and for commercials (with Soundtree Music). In his early career he was known for his work as a record producer and songwriter for acts including Gary Barlow, East 17, Toploader and S Club 7.

Career[edit]

Nick Foster began his career working as a keyboard player for legendary hitmakers Stock & Waterman, before forming Rose & Foster with Mike Rose.[4] He wrote and produced records by artists such as Gary Barlow, East 17, Toploader, Gabrielle, Lolly, Boyzone and Kylie. Rose & Foster were also responsible for discovering S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens, and subsequently wrote & produced hits for the band, as well as their offshoot S Club Juniors.

Since 2005, Nick has worked as a composer & producer for television and commercials, most notably with Soundtree Music. His work with them can be seen on advertising campaigns including those for Sony Bravia "Paint",[5] Smirnoff "Sea", Levi's "Straight Walking",[6][7] and Stella Artois "Ice Skating Priests".

Awards[edit]

  • BAFTA Craft Award 2011 – The Cube
  • Gold Clio Best Original Music 2008 – Sony Walkman 'Music Pieces'
  • D&AD winner Yellow Pencil Best Use Of Music 2008 – Sony Walkman 'Music Pieces'
  • BTAA Awards 2008 : Best 60–90 Second TV Commercial (Gold) – Sony Walkman 'Music Pieces'
  • BTA Craft Awards : Best Original Music 2007 – Ford “Own the Road Again”
  • Creative Circle Silver Award 2006 / D&AD winner Yellow Pencil Best Use Of Music 2006 – 3 Mobile “Tuperzik”
  • Campaign Ad of the Year 2006 – Sony BRAVIA “Paint”
  • Adfest Silver Award 2010 : Best Original Music – Subaru 'Crowd Rider'
  • Finalist Clio Best Original Music 2010 : Subaru 'Crowd Rider'

Notable Work[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Derren Brown - Apocalypse - Objective / Channel Four UK TV 2012 (with Ben Foster)
  • The Job - Embassy Row / CBS US TV 2013
  • Stand Up To Cancer - Channel Four UK TV 2012
  • Beauty & The Beast - Betty / Channel Four UK TV 2012
  • Derren Brown - Placebo - Objective / Channel Four UK TV 2012 (with Ben Foster)
  • Rocket's Island - Lime Pictures / CBBC (with Oli Julian)
  • Derren Brown : The Experiments – Objective / Channel Four UK TV 2011
  • The Exit List – Gogglebox / ITV1 UK TV 2012
  • The Channel 4 Mash Up – Fresh One / Channel Four UK TV 2011
  • Derren Brown : Miracles For Sale – Objective / Channel Four UK TV 2011
  • The Cube - Objective / ITV1 UK TV 2009/2010/2011
  • Penn & Teller : Fool Us – September Films / ITV1 UK TV 2011
  • Wall Of Fame – CPL / Sky One UK TV 2011
  • Let's Dance For Comic Relief – Whizzkid / BBC One 2011
  • Comedy Roast – Monkey / Channel Four UK TV 2011
  • David Walliams' Awfully Good – Crook Productions / Channel Four UK TV 2011
  • Derren Brown : Hero at 30,000 Feet – Objective / Channel Four UK TV 2010
  • ITV1 on-screen identities 2006–present (with Peter Raeburn)
  • Magic Numbers – CPL / ITV1 UK TV 2010
  • Being N-Dubz – Whizzkid / Channel Four 2010
  • Let's Dance For Sport Relief – Whizzkid / BBC One 2010
  • Derren Brown : The Events – Objective / Channel Four UK TV 2009
  • Torchwood : Children Of Earth Season 3 – Day 5 (production / programming) – BBC One 2009 (composer : Ben Foster)
  • Anonymous – Tiger Aspect / ITV1 UK TV 2009
  • Torchwood Seasons 1 & 2 – various episodes (production / programming) – BBC TV 2006 & 2008 (composer : Ben Foster / Murray Gold)
  • Doctor Who – The Next Doctor – (programming) – BBC TV 2008 (composer : Murray Gold)
  • Red Bull Rivals – Tiger Aspect / Channel Four UK TV 2009
  • The Green Room – Whizzkid / Channel Four UK TV 2008
  • This Is David Gest – ITV1 UK TV 2007
  • Ready Steady Cook (arrangement / production) – BBC / Endemol UK TV 2007 (composer : Ken Bolam)
  • Big Brother Panto (composition / production / musical direction)
  • Pepsi Musica – Zeal TV / Telemundo US TV 2008
  • Concierto Clandestino – Zeal TV / Telemundo US TV 2007

Commercials[edit]

  • Stella Artois – "9 Step Pouring Ritual" (composition) dir. Matt Dilmore
  • Trop 50 – "Jane" (composition) dir. Paul Weiland
  • Stella Artois – "Respect" (composition) dir. Patrick Daughters
  • Vodafone – "Pegasus" (composition) dir. Daniel Wolfe
  • Stella Cidre – "Le President" (composition) dir. Joachim Back
  • Stella Artois – "Train" (composition) dir. Agustin Alberdi
  • Walkers – "Groovy Kind Of Love" (arrangement / production) dir. Paul Weiland
  • Dove – "Body Language" (composition)
  • Stella Artois – "Crying Jean" (composition / production) dir. Ringan Ledwidge
  • Sony – "This Is 3D" (arrangement/production) dir. Jonathan Glazer
  • Lipton – "Sip Of Inspiration" (arrangement/production) dir. Noam Murro
  • Guinness – "World" (composition) dir. Johnny Green
  • Comic Relief – "Penalty" (composition) dir. Paul Weiland
  • Sainsbury's – "Perfect Christmas" (composition / production) dir. Adrian Moat
  • Cheestrings – "Feel The Calcium" (composition)
  • Channel Five – "Don't Stop Believing" (arrangement / production) dir. Kim Gehrig
  • Pine Sol – "Visitor" (composition) dir. Tom Carty
  • Subaru – "Crowd Rider" (composition) dir. Steve Rogers
  • Sainsbury's – "Truck" (arrangement / production)
  • Pine Sol – "Balcony" (composition) dir. Tom Carty
  • Pepsi – "Rising" (composition) dir. Danny Kleinman
  • Heinz – "Bottle" (composition) dir. Dougal Wilson
  • Ford – "Kinetic Designs" (composition) dir. Nick Lewin
  • Nokia – "The Web That Hands Made" (composition) dir. Tom Carty (released as single 'Nowever' – Nick Foster Band feat. Megan Wyler)
  • Ford – "Go Find It" (composition)
  • Wispa – "For The Love Of Wispa" (composition) dir. Jonathan Hopkins
  • Fosters – Hank (composition) dir. Fredrik Bond
  • Smirnoff – "Sea" (composition) dir. Danny Kleinman
  • Sony Bravia – "Paint" (arrangement / production) dir. Jonathan Glazer
  • Royal Mail – "Grow" (composition) dir. Johnny Green
  • Sony Walkman – "Music Pieces" (composition/arrangement/production) dir. Nick Gordon
  • Nokia – "Harmony" (composition) dir. Pleix
  • Toyota – "Every Bit Brilliant" (composition) dir. Nick Gordon
  • Fosters – "75% Japanese 25% Australian" (composition)
  • Ladbrokes – "Lemur" (composition) dir. Scott Lyon
  • Ford – "Own The Road Again" (composition)
  • Levi's – "Straight Walk" (production) dir. Tom Carty
  • Honda – "Jump" (additional production) dir. Johnny Green
  • Guinness – "Tipping Point" (additional production) dir. Nicolai Fuglsig
  • Specsavers : "Collie Wobble" (production) dir. Chris Palmer
  • AOL : "Discuss" (composition)
  • Stella Artois – "Ice Skating Priests" (additional production) dir. Jonathan Glazer
  • Motorola RED – "Red" (composition / production) dir. Jonathan Glazer
  • Guinness – Noitulove (additional production) dir. Danny Kleinman
  • Mercedes B Class – All Roads Lead To B (composition)
  • Coca Cola – "The Real Fans" (composition / production) dir. Frederic Planchon

Film[edit]

  • Blue Valentine – At The Drop of The Day (composition with Matt Sweeney & Peter Raeburn) – 2011 dir. Derek Cianfrance
  • Flirting With Flamenco (titles – composition with Ken Bolam) – Optimist Films 2006

Songs/Albums[edit]

Writer / Producer[edit]

  • Kylie Minogue : 'Cover Me With Kisses' from 'Spinning Around' (UK No.1)
  • S Club 7 : You're My Number One (UK No.2)
  • Album 'S Club' (double platinum)
  • Album 'Seeing Double' (gold)
  • East 17 : Hey Child (UK No.3)
  • Lolly :
  • Album 'My First Album' (gold album)
  • 'Mickey'(UK No.4)
  • 'Viva La Radio'(UK No.6)
  • Album 'Pick n’Mix' (other tracks inc. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ; Per Sempre Amore; Big Boys Don't Cry...) (three UK top 10 singles)
  • North & South : 'I’m A Man Not A Boy' (UK top 10 single)
  • Peter Raeburn 'You & Me' (Nowever Records)

Producer[edit]

  • Torchwood – Children Of Earth OST comp. Ben Foster (co-producer)
  • Wiley – I Am The Sea ; Album 'See Clear Now'
  • S Club Juniors: One Step Closer (UK No.2)
  • Album 'Together' (platinum)
  • Gary Barlow: 'Open Road' (No.1 airplay, UK top 10 single)
  • Album 'Open Road' (platinum) ; Album 'Twelve Months Eleven Days'
  • Gabrielle + East 17: If You Ever (UK No.2, double-platinum single)
  • 1m selling album 'Gabrielle'
  • Toploader: Only For A While
  • Album 'Onka's Big Moka' (1m selling)
  • East 17: Someone To Love UK top 10 single (additional production / single mix)
  • Album 'The Journey So Far' (double platinum)
  • Boyzone: I Love The Way You Love Me
  • Album 'Where We Belong' (6 x platinum)
  • Roachford: The Way I Feel (No.1 airplay)
  • Album "Feel" (gold)
  • Aaron Carter: 'Hey You'
  • Album 'Oh Aaron' (1.5m selling)
  • Album 'Aaron's Party' (1m selling)
  • 911: 'How Do You Want Me To Love You ?' (UK top 10)
  • Album 'Moving On' (gold)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
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  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ Cafe 80s interview with Rose and Foster
  5. ^ "Silver Honours 2007". Creativecircle.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  6. ^ Staff (Nov 1, 2006). "Boards :: The Sound of Selling". Boards. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Close-Up: Live issue – 'Unsung heroes' shine at the BTA Craft Awards". TMCnet.com. November 2, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 

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