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Nick Coler
Birth nameNicholas Coler
Also known asColer
Born (1952-04-10) 10 April 1952 (age 72)
Redhill, England
GenresPop, electronica
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
Instrument(s)Piano, keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, trombone
Years active1970–present
LabelsBronze, Beggars Banquet, Universal, A&M, Warner Bros, BMG

Nick Coler (born 10 April 1952) is an English musician, producer, composer and songwriter. He has been nominated for and won awards for songwriting and music production and has written, produced and played on hit songs for diverse acts ranging from Goldie, KLF, and Alice Cooper to Girls Aloud, Sugababes, and Gabriella Cilmi.[1]

Early life[edit]

Coler was born in London and was educated at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Nunnery, Redhill, Surrey (where he was thrown out), Alexander road, infants, Woodhatch, St. Johns, Primary, St Mary's preparatory and choir school, Balcombe road Horley, Reigate art school.



His first music-related job was working as a session player for Bronze Records in 1978 after being scouted by producer Martin Smith while recording the band he was in, "Why Worry.” During this time he worked with and appeared live with such bands as Goldie and The Small Ads amongst others. In 1979, Coler was signed to Warner Bros. Music with the band The Tigers.[2]


Then was signed to A & M Records in the USA, during this time he worked with bands such as The Dynamites, Tokyo Blade, Ya Ya, Angel Witch and the Cutting Crew, The JAMS, Zodiac Mindwarp, Alice Cooper, The Timelords, and The KLF. [3][4][5]


Coler rented a studio with Hans Zimmer and was an integral creative part of the cult band The KLF.[6] In the book[7] "The Manual" Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond write – "Our programmer, Nick Coler, is a genius. He can play on the piano every piece of music ever written, his left hand a blur of fumbled bass notes, while his spectacles slide down his perspiring nose. His cathedral choir boy sense of fun has never left him and he sports a line of strange hand knitted jumpers. Is continually trying out new haircuts. Drives second hand Audi's. He plays keyboards with The Rubettes.”

In 1993, Coler also worked on the less well received single "Lemmings", based upon the Lemmings computer game and credited to SFX, released under Parlophone, spending three weeks in the charts.[8]

During this time he also worked with Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Jesus Jones, Pete Wylie, Shampoo, Cher, The Montrose Avenue, The Young Offenders, The Rubettes, Indecent Obsession and Chicane. [3][4] [5]


From its inception Coler was a core member of the Xenomania production house along with Tim Powell, Brian Higgins and Miranda Cooper writing, playing and producing on numerous top ten hits for acts such as the Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Gabriella Cilmi, Franz Ferdinand, Pet Shop Boys, Alesha Dixon, Texas, Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias.[6][9][10]

He left Xenomania in 2010 and is now signed to BMG Berlin working on new acts with his own independent production company Mr Magus including acts such as CTA, Felony Disco and Randomizer.[11][12]

In 2011, Coler played at the Southbank Centre Festival Hall participating in a Vintage Weekend at the behest of Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley playing alongside other notable musicians such as Graham Gouldman of 10cc and Rob Davis of Mud fame.[13]

During his career he has also worked on various soundtracks including Wayne's World and Revenge of the Nerds[citation needed] and contributed music for numerous television shows from Tweenies to Totally Spies!.

Coler has also produced and collaborated on the 2012 Saint Etienne release Words and Music by Saint Etienne[14] which has received universal acclaim according to Metacritic's review criteria.[15]

He has also written a track for Starlight Express with Alistair Lloyd Webber,[16] he has been nominated for three Ivor Novello Awards for the Girls Aloud song – "The Promise",[17][18] Sugababes' song "Hole in the Head"[19] and Gabriella Cilmi's song "Sweet About Me",[20] and has won the Music Week's Producer of the year award as part of Xenomania in 2009.[21][22]


  1. ^ "Nick Coler - Album Credits". albumcredits.com. Archived from the original on 27 October 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  2. ^ "THE TIGERS: UK Unsung Heroes of the New Wave - HISTORY". Thetigers.info. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "ARTISTdirect". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Nick Coler - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Nick Coler". Discogs. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Xenomania news: Xenomania - THE X FACTOR (Q magazine article, October 2009)". Xenomanianews.blogpsot.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  7. ^ "The Manual by The KLF". Freshonthenet.com. 30 December 1988. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Chart Singles: #2 'Lets Go!'". Retrocollect.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Xenomania members > Nick Coler". Xenomania.freehostia.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Xenomania - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Mr Magus". Mrmagus.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Covertmusic.co.uk". Archived from the original on 24 September 2010.
  13. ^ "London's South Bank to be engulfed by the past - The Arts Desk". Theartsdesk.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  14. ^ "The Quietus - Reviews - Saint Etienne". Thequietus.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Words & Music by Saint Etienne by Saint Etienne". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Starlight Express – New Wimbledon Theatre, London". Thepublicreviews.com. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Nominations for 55th Ivor Novello Awards announced". Addictedtomedia.net. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Ivor Novello Awards nominations announced". Prsformusic.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Xenomania news: "The Promise" is nominated for an Ivor Novello award". Xenomanianews.blogpsot.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  20. ^ Herring, Taylor (21 April 2009). "Ivor Novello Awards Nominations Announced". Taylorherring.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Xenomania news: Xenomania win Producer Of The Year". Xenomanianews.blogspot.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  22. ^ "BMG Rights Signs Nick Coler". SongLink International. March 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.

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