Over the last decade Andrew Swarbrick has built a successful career composing film scores and music for movie trailers. 2020 saw the cinematic release of his first feature film The Runaways, adventure drama directed by Richard Heap, starring Mark Addy (Full Monty, Game of Thrones), Molly Windsor (Three Girls, Cheat) and Tara Fitzgerald (Brassed Off).
Film Score, Trailers & TV
Andrew’s trailer music, published through Hi-Finesse Music & Sound has been used in various campaigns including; Four Good Days (Mila Kunis, Glenn Close), HBO’s Westworld (Season 3), Sonic The Hedgehog (James Marsden, Jim Carrey), The Aftermath (Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård), and Mass Effect Andromeda. Andrew’s music also gets licensed for TV shows, adverts and promos across the world.
As well as The Runaways, Andrew previously worked with director Richard Heap on short films We Move Through (2017) and multi award-winning and BAFTA long-listed Twine (2016), as well as TV movie/documentary Dragon’s Back Race (2013).
2020 was an eventful year for Andrew. He was invited onto the BBC Breakfast red sofa to talk about the James Bond theme song for No Time To Die by Billie Eilish. He also began writing with record label Audio Network and recorded two solo albums at the iconic Abbey Road studios; ‘Lifted Lights’, and ‘subliminal’, with more to come.
Live on BBC Breakfast sofa and via satellite link talking about Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme song for ‘No Time To Die’
My Musical Journey
It all began at primary school where I learnt to play trumpet and sang in the church choir at St Mary’s, Horsham. At secondary school I played in brass ensembles, swing bands, county wind bands and orchestras. Later I got involved in the Brighton ska/punk scene playing trumpet in the band Just Called Charlie. I studied Music Technology at university, this is where I discovered my passion for orchestral music and began exploring composing. During this time, I was also part of a rock/funk band Grand Old Juke, we played a healthy mix of our own music as well as covers whilst gigging up and down the UK.
I worked many jobs early on in my career including selling stationery (yes, it was just like The Office), delivering pizzas, teaching maths, conducting a church choir and gardening – incidentally, gardening is how I met director Richard Heap (but that’s another story!). I live in Sheffield, UK with my wife and two children where I enjoy working from my home studio.
Read about the creative process, musical influences and an unexpected part in an historic Tweet in Andrew’s interview with Hebbonair magazine here
© Andrew Swarbrick 2021