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Marius de Vries

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Marius de Vries
Born1961 (age 62–63)
London, England
GenresElectronic, trip hop, rock
Occupation(s)Record producer, composer, engineer
Instrument(s)Keyboards, drum programming, guitar

Marius de Vries (born 1961) is an English music producer and composer. He has won a Grammy Award from four nominations, two BAFTA Awards, and an Ivor Novello Award.[1]


Marius de Vries was educated at St Paul's Cathedral School, Bedford School (between 1975 and 1980) and then at Peterhouse, Cambridge.[2]


Music producer[edit]

Recording artists he has collaborated with include Bjork, Madonna, Massive Attack, David Bowie, U2, Rufus Wainwright, Chrissie Hynde, Neil Finn, Annie Lennox, Bebel Gilberto, David Gray, P.J. Harvey, Elbow, Josh Groban, Alice Martineau and Melanie C.

De Vries served as the executive music producer for the 2016 film La La Land and produced the accompanying soundtrack.[3][4] He also co-wrote the song "Start a Fire" alongside John Legend, Justin Hurwitz, and Angelique Cinelu, and had a small role in the film as a casting director.

Composer/film scores[edit]

De Vries was the music director of the 2001 film Moulin Rouge! and worked with Nellee Hooper on the film soundtrack of Romeo + Juliet as co-composer, programmer, and co-producer. Both of these projects won de Vries BAFTA awards, and he was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for his compositional work on the former.[citation needed]

He also wrote the scores for Stephan Elliott's surreal thriller Eye of the Beholder[citation needed] as well as Elliott's adaptation of the Noël Coward comedy Easy Virtue. The latter is notable musically for using the real singing voices of leading actors Ben Barnes, Jessica Biel, and Colin Firth.[5]

In 2010, he co-wrote the score of Kick-Ass with John Murphy, Henry Jackman and Ilan Eshkeri. He co-produced, along with Tyler Bates and Zack and Deborah Snyder, and performed on the soundtrack of Snyder's 2011 film Sucker Punch.[citation needed]

In 2020 and 2021, he composed the score for Sian Heder's CODA, which won Best Picture at the 2022 Academy Awards, and served as Executive Music Producer on Leos Carax's Annette.[6]

De Vries' most recent scores are for Daniel Roher's NAVALNY - which won Best Documentary at the 2023 Academy Awards, and, with Joshua Schmidt, for Joshua Oppenheimer's forthcoming apocalyptic musical, THE END, starring Tilda Swinton.

Partial list of songs produced[edit]

Songs by Teddy Thompson

  • "A Piece of What You Need"[7]
  • "Can't Sing Straight"[7]
  • "Don't Know What I Was Thinking"[7]
  • "In My Arms"[7]
  • "Jonathan's Book"[7]
  • "One of These Days"[7]
  • "Slippery Slope (Easier)"[7]
  • "The Things I Do"[7]
  • "Turning The Gun on Myself"[7]
  • "What's This?!!"[7]
  • "Where to Go From Here"[7]

Songs by Rufus Wainwright

Awards and nominations[edit]

BAFTA Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
1998 Romeo + Juliet Best Film Music Won [10]
2002 Moulin Rouge! Won

Grammy Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
1998 Ray of Light Album of the Year Nominated [11]
Contact from the Underworld of Redboy Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Nominated
2001 Moulin Rouge! Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated
2017 La La Land Won

Ivor Novello Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
1998 Romeo + Juliet Best Original Film Score Won [12]

World Soundtrack Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2001 Moulin Rouge! Best Original Score of the Year Nominated [13]
Most Creative Use of Existing Material on a Soundtrack Won


  1. ^ "Photo: Marius de Vries at 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York - NYP20180128815". UPI. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  2. ^ "From Bedford to La La Land!". Bedford School. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Inside the magic of "La La Land" with music director Marius De Vries". Newsweek. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  4. ^ "La La Land music director to work with English National Opera". the Guardian. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Mad About the Boy – Music Video From the Easy Virtue Soundtrack". uk.movies.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2008.
  6. ^ "2022 Oscars original song nominees? They will likely come from this playlist". Los Angeles Times. 1 December 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Liner Notes – A Piece of What You Need". AlbumLinerNotes.com. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Liner Notes – Want One". AlbumLinerNotes.com. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Liner Notes – Want Two". AlbumLinerNotes.com. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  10. ^ "Marius de Vries - BAFTA Awards". BAFTA.org. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Marius de Vries". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  12. ^ "The Ivors 1998". theivors.com. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Marius de Vries - Awards - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 27 July 2018.

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