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He began his career as a guitarist in London in the late 1980s. In 1991, he developed a writing partnership with Dyer, leading to the formation of rock band Skunk Anansie.
From 1994 onwards, they produced eight Top 40 singles, including "Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)", "Twisted" and "Brazen (Weep)", and three gold/platinum albums: Paranoid and Sunburnt (1995), Stoosh (1997) and Post Orgasmic Chill (1999). 2004 saw the release of songs for Skin's first Solo Album, Fleshwounds on EMI followed by her second solo album, Fake Chemical State (V2 Music) released in March 2006.
The huge hit song "Secretly" was used in the film Cruel Intentions (1999), along with other tracks for the films Strange Days (1995), Mission: Impossible (1998), The Avengers (1998), and other television credits in Europe and America.
Arran has composed music for many computer games, including the Sony Entertainment PC game Tellurian Defence. He has scored music for several Irish short films, in addition to music for "Simon Community" TV commercials.
He has scored films including the award winning A Dublin Story (2003), and Push Hands (2004), Past Pupil (2005) and L'Empire des loups (2005). Other works include the British romantic comedy The Truth About Love (2006), the Shimmy Marcus/Paul Davey documentary "[Breaking Boundaries]"(2008) and the latest feature from Shimmy Marcus, Soulboy'".
He has recently written for singers J Marie Cooper and Indie Murton both of whom appeared on BBC show The Voice 2012, and played guitar with Skunk Anansie for European acoustic shows in April 2013, one of which will be released on live DVD in the summer 2013.
Arran lives in Dublin, Ireland.