I'm really thrilled to be noinated for Best Original Song Composed For the Screen, with my song "Little Bear" from Maurice's Big Adventure. Although I've been nominated a number of times for children's television over the last few years, this is my first nomination in this category.
Little Bear is sung by Justine Clarke and Miranda Tapsell, and features guitar from Glen Hannah. The song (and show) is about a child taking their first steps. Massive thanks to Sarah Dabro and Jan Stradling from the ABC, and to Colin Thrupp and Mel Rogan from Fredbird. The awards are held November 4 - 2016.
You can check the song out after the click...
Hoot, Hootabelle, and Hootly are three best owl pals – working together and solving problems for their best buddies, Hootaluna, Gigglefangs and Pirate Hootbeard.We created a whole magical and musical world for Hoot Hoot Go, with the music working hand in hand with the unique visual hybrid of puppetry and animation.
Giggle and Hoot’s all-new album “Hootastic Tunes” has been given an Aria nomination for best Children’s Album.
I wrote, co-wrote or produced 18 of the 28 songs on the album, and as always it was a pleasure to work with the whole Giggle and Hoot team, with Jimmy Rees, Nicholas Richard, Naomi Young and Mark Simpson in front of the mic, and the legendary legends of Clare Gerber, Bryson Hall, Jade Suine, Natalie Robinson Hurst and Jan Stradling behind the scenes.
Personal Faves on this album are “Cloudbouncing”, “Pyjama Party Time” and a new version of “5 Steps To Bedtime”
Check it out after the click!
You have to know something. The person most excited about this remix comp was me. I love kids music (it’s my job). I love remixing (it’s also my job sometimes) and I love the Playschool song.
The idea that there were a whole bunch of other people combining and chopping and crafting and hacking and mangling the Playschool theme into something new was just great.
So when I told Unearthed I was going to try and get through all of them there was a bit of “Well you all had to spend time with my stems for hours or days – listening through your track is the least I can do”.
The Unearthed guys kind of smiled like they knew what was coming.
Over the years Nickelodeon have always provided awesome briefs, but this one from Kristen Toovey gave me the chance to collaborate on a funny song celebrating how awesome Mums are. The lyrics stem from my experience as a parent bringing up our two kids in partnership with my amazing wife Lesley.
We recorded the song with vocals from Kristen, Ellen Dedes-Vallas and Courtney Smith who brought a great sense of character to each of their reads. Mary helepd with an unforgettable cameo.
The clip is hilariously awesome and was released in time for Mothers Day 2016 and topped a million views in it's first week! Checkout the clip and lyrics after the break.
Thrilled to be nominated for a fourth time for the AGSC and APRA Screen music awards for Best Music For Children’s Television. “The Legend of Pirate Hootbeard” is a rollicking epic orchestral adventure as Jimmy Giggle, Hoot and Hootabelle sail the Giggle Seas to help Pirate Hootbeard find his lost treasure.
The music allowed me to get my orchestral chops sharpened, as I tried to make a completely over the top rollicking John Williamsesque adventure.
The Score includes 2 songs “The Piratey Pirate Hootbeard” and “Sailing The Giggle Seas” which became music vids in their own right – but I think the full adventure is the true cinematic experience you’ve been craving – even if you don’t know it yet. Sit back and enjoy “The Legend of Pirate Hootbeard”. Check it out over the break!
Maurice's Big Adventure is the fith part of the Big Adventure series, and stars Playschool bear Maurice. Maurice is a little bear, trying things like going to school for the first time.
After the raucous activity of Humpty’s Big Adventure, it was lovely to be able to do something a little gentler and quieter. The show’s signature song “Little Bear – Little Steps” is one my favourites that I’ve made for any gig and both Justine Clare and Miranda Tapsell performed absolutely beautiful versions of it.