Multi-instrumentalist maestro Michele Chiavarini’s career as a songwriter, arranger, composer, producer, remixer, sound designer and session musician, spans over 20 years. He has been involved with music for recording artists, ranging from Pop to Dance, Soul/RnB, Hip-Hop to Jazz, and Orchestral to World. He has also written extensively for film, television and advertising.
A masterful programmer and skillful engineer, he is equally familiar with electronic, acoustic and orchestral musical environments. Classically trained in piano, guitar, composition, orchestration and conducting, he is also an accomplished bassist, violinist, trumpet player and vibraphone player.
After winning several awards in his native Italy, Michele worked with Ennio Morricone on film scores including The Mission, The Untouchables and Frantic, and then went on to record for Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Diana Ross, Luciano Pavarotti, A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Simply Red, Gloria Gaynor, Ray Charles, Philip Bailey, Seal, Lemar, Soul II Soul, Gabrielle and many more.
He regularly scores soundtracks for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, CNN and other broadcasters, and has created music for many advertising commercials including Toyota (100 Mile Journey), ENEL Energia (Passages Of Light), Evian, Heineken, Gordon’s Gin, P&O, 555, Oral B, Tic Tac & Amigos Tequila (TV bumper for ITV comedy series ‘Plebs’).
Recent screen credits include Quest for Gold (Discovery), The Wars of The Zulu (CNN), How To Survive A Disaster Movie (Channel 5), Benidorm ER 2 (Channel 5), Escoffier (Channel 5), Dying For Clear Skin (BBC3), plus over 50 syncs for BBC1 (The One Show, Strictly Dance Fever etc), BBC2, BBC3, ITV 1 (X Factor etc), ITV 2, Channel 4 (Big Brother, Place In The Sun etc), Channel 5, Discovery, Sky One, ESPN, CBBC, UKTV Food, etc.
His cheeky take on Brit girl groups resulted in the creation of naughty twosome Daphne & Celeste (Universal), much loved by Radio 1 and the New Music Express for its irreverent style. With Michele at the production helm, the group scored 2 UK Top 10 singles and 1 UK Top 20 album.
In dance music, he is best known for his work as a keyboardist on hundreds of productions by some of the top DJs and dance acts in the world including Dave Lee (a.k.a. Joey Negro), Seamus Haji, Mark Knight, Luciana Caporaso, Diane Charlemagne, Booty Luv, Robert Owens, Danny Rampling, ATFC, Booker T, Victor Simonelli, DJ Disciple, Allister Whitehead, Bobby & Steve and Warren Clarke.
In 2013 Michele started working with DJ Spen’s Quantize Recordings, releasing 1 World and more recently the 2014 summer hit Let Me See You (Clap Your Hands), both number ones on Traxsource. On the same label, the jazz influenced The Music Tells Me was also released to great acclaim (number one on Traxsource’s Soulful House Chart). Michele has also written several tracks for Sheila Ford’s and Tracy Hamlin’s forthcoming album on Quantize.
Among many other accolades, Michele was one of the main writers on the hugely successful dance-chillout Jakatta album Visions (Ministry) scoring 3 UK Top 10s (American Dream, So Lonely, My Vision featuring Seal), and many other Dave Lee projects including Raven Maze (2 UK Top 10s), Akabu, Doug Willis and Sessomatto. He is also a lead writer on The Sunburst Band albums (Here Comes The Sunburst Band, Moving With The Shakers, Until The End of Time, The Secret Life of Us), as well as playing keys and arranging brass and strings.
Michele is also known for his Latin-influenced productions as Nova Fronteira. In 2003 he wrote and produced The Full Fronteira LP, released on Z Records, to critical acclaim. In 2012 the single Everybody Loves The Sunshine was also released on Seamus Haji’s Big Love and reached number 1 on Traxsource.
Among Michele’s productions and co-writes is worth mentioning Brazilian-influenced Jazzinho’s homonymous first album, featuring Guida de Palma and Tyrone Lee’s Soul/RnB debut album Invitation (www.tyronelee.com), released through Expansion Records.
Recent recording credits include: Joey Negro and Seamus Haji’s remixes of Electric Empire, Cevin Fisher, Gossip, Hurts, Labrinth, Estelle, P Diddy, Mika, Daniel Merriweather, Jennifer Lopez, Moby, Kelly Rowland, Robyn, Roisin Murphy, Ashford & Simpson, Just Jack, Orson, Dionne Bromfield and Natasha Beddingfield. He also formed a remixing partnership with Allister Whitehead, producing remixes for Christina Aguilera, Lemar and Mutya Buena (Sugarbabes).
RECENT CREDITS TV/AD
Title Track for Channel 5's "How To Survive A Disaster Movie".
BBC 3 Documentary "Dying For Clear Skin".
Channel 5 "Benidorm ER 2".
Channel 5 Documentary "Escoffier".
TOYOTA "100 Mile Journey"
ENEL “PASSAGES OF LIGHT” on SKY ARTE HD.
In the past 5 years my music has been used on the following TV programs:
Channel 5 - "10 Things I Hate 2012"
Channel 4 - "Come Dine With Me UK and AUSTRALIA"
Channel 4 - "Place In The Sun"
Channel 4 - "Bring It On"
Channel 4 - "Big Brother"
BBC1 - "Wanted Down Under"
BBC1 - "Watchdog"
BBC - "Perfect Holiday"
BBC - "Living Int The Sun"
BBC - "Cutting It"
CBBC - "Gastronuts"
BBC - "Ten Years Younger" (UK and US Version and AUSTRALIA)
BBC - "Big Strong Boys"
BBC - "Strictly Dance Fever"
BBC - "How To Be A Gardener Revisited"
BBC - "The One Show"
BBC - "Holiday 10 Best"
BBC - "Sun Sea and Bargain Spotting"
BBC2 - "University Challenge Re United:
Actors V Writer"
BBC2 - "Basil’s Swap Shop"
BBC - "Spendaholics"
BBC2 - "Open Gardens"
BBC3 - "Most Annoying People" 2008/2009/2010
BBC2 - "The Secret Life Of The Airport"
ITV1 - "X Factor"
ITV1 - "Countrywise"
ITV1 - "When Piers Met Lord Sugar"
ITV1 - "Animals Do The Funniest Things"
SKY One - "Two OOPS TV"
ESPN Classic Sports
DISCOVERY - "Mark Williams’ Big Bangs"
UKTV Food - "Everyday Italian"
CANADA (Socan) Films - "Decore Ta Vie"
CANADA - "Gene Simmons Family Jewels"
RECENT CREDITS MISC:
R&B COLLECTION SUMMER 2011 Universal/Wyen Solo - All instruments - Co-writing - Co-Production - Mix.
Joey Negro & Gramophonedzie/"No Sugar" - Co-writer, Keyboards, Brass Arrangement, Programming.
DIONNE BROMFIELD/'Muggin''/Seamus Haji Remix - All instruments, Programming.
DONAEO/'I'/Seamus Haji Remix - All instruments, Programming.
TATIANA OPUKNIK/'Been A Fool'/Seamus Haji Remix - All instruments, Programming.
TIFFANY DUNN/'Shut The Door'/Seamus Haji Remix - All instruments, Programming.
R&B LOVE SONGS 2011 UMTV/Wyen Solo/Mr D - All instruments - Co-writing - Co-Production - Mix.
HURTS/'Sunday'/Seamus Haji Remix - All Instruments.
LABRINTH/'Let The Sun Shine (Joey Negro Radio Mix)
ESTELLE/'Fall In Love'/Seamus Haji Remix - All Instruments, Programming.
P DIDDY/'Hello Good Morning'/Seamus Haji Remix - Keys, Drums, Programming.
TINA BROWN/'Eat'em Up/My Remix - All Instruments, Programming, Mix.
MATT BIANCO/'Half a Minute'/Joey Negro Remix - Keys, Guitar, Programming.
HEART OF THE SUN (www.heartofthesun.co.uk)/Forthcoming Album/Keys, String Arrangement.
BANG BANG CLUB/'Chemistry'/Seamus Haji Remix - Keys, Programming.
CRAIG DAVID/'One More Lie (STANDING IN THE SHADOWS)'/Bobby & Steve Remix/Keys, Programming.
MIKA/'Rain'/Seamus Haji Big Love Remix - Keys, Programming.
A. R. RAHMAN (Slumdog Millionaire, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Lord of the Rings: The Musical)/'Pray for me'/Remix - All instruments, Programming, Mix.
BOOTSY COLLINS - FALLEN SOLDIER'S MEMORIAL CD - Additional Production/Mix.
DANIEL MERRIWEATHER/'Nothing is impossible'/Joey Negro Remix - Keys, Programming.
FLASH REPUBLIC/'Outta My Head'/CO-Writer - All instruments.
Seamus Haji/'The Pressure' - Sample Reproduction, Keys, Programming.
BOOTY LUV The Album/CO-writer, All instruments, Programming.
THE SUNBURST BAND/ALBUM "Moving with the Shakers" - Keys, Guitar, CO-writer, String/Brass Arranger.
MOBY/"I love to move in here"/Seamus Haji Remix - All instruments, Programming.
KELLY ROWLAND/"Daylight"/Joey Negro Remix - Keyboards, Programming.
ROBYN/"Who's that girl"/Seamus Haji Remix - All instruments, Programming.
ROBBIE WILLIAMS/RUDEBOX/"Kiss me" - Keyboards.
SHAYNE WARD/"Tangled up" - Keyboards, Programming.
ORSON/"Ain't no love"/Seamus Haji Remix - All instruments, Programming.
ROISIN MURPHY/"Footprints" - Keys, Drms, Programming.
ROISIN MURPHY/"Let me know..."/Dave Lee Remix - Keys, Guitar.
BOOTY LUV/"Don't mess with my man"/Seamus Haji Remix - All instruments, Programming.
THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL/"The Wars of the Zulu"/"Gold"/Original Score - Composer, Orchestrator, Producer.
ONE NIGHT ONLY/"Just for one night"/S. Haji Remix - All instruments, Programming.
ASHFORD & SIMPSON/Joey Negro Remix - Keys, Programming.
JUST JACK/"Writer's block"/S. Haji Remix - Keys, Drms, Programming.
NATASHA BEDDINGFIELD/ S. Haji Remix/All instruments, Programming.
MR HUDSON/S. Haji Remix - Keys, Programming.
Sessomatto feat. Carolyn Harding/'You're gonna love me' - Keys, Programming.
With Allister Whitehead:
MUTYA BUENA/"Real Girl"/Remix - All instruments, Programming.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA/"Hurt"/Remix - All instruments, Programming, Mixing.
LEMAR/"Someone"/Remix - All instruments, Programming, Mixing.
THE HISTORY CHANNEL/Original Score - Composer, Producer.
Michele Chiavarini’s tracks