What do Damon Albarn and Shaun The Sheep h
What do Damon Albarn and Shaun The Sheep have in common? Michael Smith! What may surprise some is that Mike has a proven track record in writing music for film and tv. Most recently, he wrote, produced and performed some songs for Aardman’s Shaun The Sheep:Farmageddon (2019) stop action film, to be released later this year. He won an RTS Best Music Award for his score to the Bristol Based hit indie film, 8 Minutes Idle (Arthur Cox, iFeatures, BBC Films, and Matador Pictures).
As a partner in Electric Wave Bureau, he co-composed and arranged the score for The Kid Who Would Be King (2018) as well as award-winning Broken starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy.
Mike orchestrated the score for Ealing Studios’ remake of Noel Coward’s Easy Virtue, directed by Stephan Elliot, starring Jessica Biel and Colin Firth. He orchestrated the score for Gorillaz’ hit opera at O2; Monkey King – Journey to the West and was music supervisor for the show’s hugely successful run at the Lincoln Centre Festival NYC a few years ago.
Mike’s film and tv scoring ambitions have often been interrupted by working and touring with Damon Albarn and he has recorded and toured extensively with household names such as Blur, Gorillaz and The Good The Bad and The Queen. An original member of Gorillaz’ live band, he was Musical Director for the box office-busting Gorillaz 2010 world tour including historic performances in Syria and Lebanon.
He was part of Damon Albarn’s solo project live band ‘The Heavy Seas’ performing amongst others, songs from Albarn’s solo album ‘Everyday Robots’ for which Mike wrote the string arrangements.
Mike worked in collaboration with exiled conductor and leader, Essam Rafea on The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians Live Shows. It was produced by Africa Express and featured Damon Albarn, Paul Weller, Julia Holter among others and performed at London’s Festival Hall and the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
Shaun The Sheep:Farmageddon (3 songs)
Last Stop Coney Island (2019) The Life & Photography of Harold Feinstein
8 Minutes Idle (2012) Director Mark Simon Hewis ( Winner – Music – Royal Television Society Awards 2013)
Madeleine – One Year On Director Emma Loach ITV
The Secret Life of the Classroom Director Fran Landsman Flashback TV for CH4
10 Minute Tales:The Run of the Deer Director Tim Whitby for Sky Arts
10 Minute Tales:The Walkers Director Tim Whitby
The Kid Who Would Be King (2018) Director Joe Cornish
Swim (2016) BBC Four
Double It (2015) Director Shi Zheng
Broken (2012) Cuba Pictures/BBC Films Director Rufus Norris
Theatre Musical Direction/Music Supervision
Monkey Journey to the West – Lincoln Centre Festival 2013
Dr Dee (2012) – ENO
Double It December Director Chen Shi Zheng
Easy Virtue Director Stephan Elliot (2008)
Lucy – Damon Albarn. End credit song “SIster Rust’
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians (Live)
Gorillaz 2000 onwards – Musical Director and Keyboards.
Blur 1994 onwards — keyboards/saxophone/ MD studio recordings
The Good, the Bad and the Queen 2007 onwards – Keyboards