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29 June 1962|
|Occupation||Record producer, songwriter, film score composer, musician|
Neil Davidge (born 1962, in Bristol, UK) is a record producer, songwriter, film score composer, musician, and occasional backing vocalist. Once an associate of dance producers DNA, he is best known as the long-term co-writer and producer for the music production outfit Massive Attack. In 1997, he also produced the Sunna album One Minute Science. During that time he has established a career as a film score composer including projects such as Push, Bullet Boy, Trouble the Water, and additional music for Clash of the Titans.
In 2012, he composed the soundtrack to the video game Halo 4 and recorded "The Storm That Brought Me To You" with Tina Dico for the Clash of the Titans soundtrack, the first vocal track for which he is credited as an artist separately from Massive Attack.
Massive Attack (1995–present)
Davidge had met Massive Attack's Andrew Vowles as early as 1991, and was in and around Bristol's Coach House Studios when Portishead recorded their debut album Dummy between 1991–1994. Neil was introduced to the rest of Massive Attack in 1996, and hitting it off, he produced 'The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game', a song for the Batman Forever soundtrack that featured Everything But The Girl vocalist Tracey Thorn.
Working in close collaboration with Massive's Robert Del Naja, Neil shaped the sound of the band's third album, 1998's Mezzanine, including the song "Teardrop", which became the theme song for the medical drama "House". Mezzanine won a Q Award for Best Album and was nominated for a Mercury Award.
As with Mezzanine, Massive Attack's fourth album 100th Window was largely piloted by Davidge and Robert Del Naja. Sessions were protracted and pressurised, the group discarding material to re-write the whole record in the last six months of a three-year odyssey. "Some great things had been said about Mezzanine and we didn't want to repeat ourselves", says Neil "It was a strange period of isolation and the weirdness of 9/11, but we got there in the end."[non-primary source needed]
Collected was Massive Attack's best of album released on 27 March 2006. The album was preceded by the release of the single "Live With Me" on 13 March. "Live With Me" was co-written and produced by Davidge.
Heligoland is the fifth studio album by Massive Attack, released almost exactly seven years after 100th Window. Co-produced by Davidge and Robert Del Naja with additional production by Tim Goldsworthy, the record features vocals from Horace Andy, Tunde Adebimpe, Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Guy Garvey and Martina Topley-Bird. Davidge co-wrote eight of the ten tracks as well as playing keyboards, bass and guitar. The album was mixed by Mark "Spike" Stent although Davidge produced and mixed "Paradise Circus".
Film projects (2004–present)
In 2004 Luc Besson approached Davidge and Robert Del Naja to score the movie Danny The Dog, later renamed Unleashed. There then followed scores for Bullet Boy, Battle in Seattle, and Trouble the Water, which received an Oscar nomination as Best Documentary Feature. It is a moving study of those displaced by Hurricane Katrina which won 'Best Documentary' at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Working with Snoop Dogg, Neil also scored the music for In Prison My Whole Life, a documentary about US death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Away from his collaborations with Robert, Neil scored the music to the Paul McGuigan directed Push and provided additional music to the Warner Brothers film Clash of the Titans working alongside composer Ramin Djawadi. He was approached by director Louis Leterrier to replace Matt Bellamy from Muse who had to pull out due to touring commitments in the USA.
Halo 4 Original Soundtrack (2012)
Debut Solo Album 'Slo Light' (2014)
Davidge established his own studio in 2010 and has since been working on several projects including his upcoming debut solo album titled 'Slo Light'.[non-primary source needed] It features guest vocalists including Jhelisa Anderson, Sandie Shaw and Cate Le Bon, the album is set for release in February 2014.[needs update]
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|PRODUCER / COMPOSER|
|1999||Sunna||One Minute Science||Virgin / Melankolic|
|2000–2003||Massive Attack||100th Window||Virgin 10|
|2004||Massive Attack||Danny the Dog / Unleashed||Virgin / EMI|
|2005||Davidge/Del Naja||Bullet Boy Score|
|2006–2007||Massive Attack||Collected||Virgin / EMI|
|2006–2007||Massive Attack||Live with me||Virgin / EMI|
|2007||Massive Attack||False Flags / United Snakes||Virgin / EMI|
|2007||Davidge/Del Naja||In Prison my whole life score|
|2007||Davidge/Del Naja||Trouble the water score|
|2007||Davidge/Del Naja||Battle in Seattle|
|2008||Davidge/Del Naja||The Hulk||Marvel studios|
|2008 -2010||Massive Attack||Heligoland||Virgin / EMI|
|2009||Neil Davidge||Push Movie score||Warner Bros.|
|2011–2012||Neil Davidge||Halo 4 Game score||Microsoft / 343 Industries|
|2012–2013||Neil Davidge||Slo Light (debut solo album)||7 Hz Productions|
|CO-PRODUCER / COMPOSER|
|1996||Massive Attack||Hunter||Batman Soundtrack/ Atlantic|
|1996||Massive Attack||Fake The Aroma||Help/ Go Disc|
|1996||Massive Attack||Euro 96 / Euro zero zero|
|1996||Massive Attack||Wire||Welcome To Sarajevo|
|1996||Massive Attack||Hymn of the Big Wheel||The Fan|
|1997||Massive Attack||Metal and Dissolved Girl||The Jackal|
|1998||Unkle featuring Thom Yorke||Rabbit in Your Headlights||Unkle Project/ Mo Wax|
|1998||Manic Street Preachers||If You Tolerate This||Epic|
|1998||Massive Attack||Inertia Creeps||Levi's|
|1998||Liz Fraser||Sailing On||A Winters Guest|
|1999||Prodigy featuring 3D||No Souvenirs||XL|
|1999||Massive Attack||Angel||End of Days|
|1999||Massive Attack||Dissolved Girl||The Matrix|
|2001||Mos Def||I against I||Blade 2|
|2001||David Bowie||Nature Boy||Moulin Rouge|
|2001||A Perfect Circle||3 Libras (Massive Attack Remix)|
|2001||Lupine Howl||Vaporizor (Massive Attack Remix)||Beggars Banquet|
- Raymundo, Oscar. "Exclusive Stream: Massive Attack Producer Scores 'Halo 4'". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
- "SPIRIT MUSIC SIGNS GLOBAL PUBLISHING DEAL WITH NEIL DAVIDGE, ACCLAIMED COMPOSER/PRODUCER BEHIND MASSIVE ATTACK, "HALO 4" AND MAJOR MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS". Spirit Music Group. Spirit Music Group. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
- "Neil Davidge". Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
- Reilly, Jim (11 April 2012). "Meet Halo 4's New Composer". Game Informer. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
- "7Hz Recordings". Retrieved 2015-10-27.
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- Neil Davidge at the Internet Movie Database
- Neil Davidge and Ramin Djawadi Clash Of The Titans Original Motion Soundtrack SONY CMG Releases
- Davidge Sound on Sound Interview
- Neil Davidge Push Original Soundtrack Last.fm
- Massive Attack Collaborators Neil Davidge and Euan Dickson on Impulsive Recording
- Air Edel Composer Neil Davidg
- Interview with journalist James McNair
- Neil Davidge website
- Neil Davidge Myspace