About

Music for the head, heart, soul and hips.

Drew Crawford is a UK-based Australian composer, producer, sound-designer, songwriter and educator. Known for his intelligent and accessible style, Drew loves working with rhythm and is a gifted, passionate melody writer, but he is equally at home creating compositions that are more about texture, colour and mood; as comfortable working in his electronic studio as with a full symphony orchestra, guitar-based band, jazz ensemble, or musicians from a range of non-Western traditions. His work spans opera, theatre, dance, pop, cabaret, installation & sound design, radio, tv, film, the concert hall, and digital platforms.

Drew’s diverse output has been performed across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, and has been commissioned & presented by some of Australia’s leading performing arts organisations, including the Sydney Opera House Trust, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir St Theatre, Bell Shakespeare Company, The Song Company, Mardi Gras Arts Festival, ABC Classic FM, Big Day Out, and the Performance Space. Most recently, his sonic branding package for Kinderling Kids Radio helped this creative, fledgling station win Best Digital Radio Format at the 2016 Australian Commercial Radio Awards; and of his recent collaborations with drum’n’bass producer Royalston, the track Blight Mamba was licensed for use in the video games Need for Speed 2015 & Forza Horizon 3.

Current projects include a new album of electronic dance-pop collaborations due for release in 2017, a new work for saxophonist Nathan Henshaw, media collaborations with producer/director Andrew Garrick, adapting Sound & Music (UK)’s Minute of Listening for KKR, and a live radio-play adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula devised by Peter Adams.

Graduating in 1995 from Sydney University with First Class Honours & the University Medal for Music, and awarded his PhD in composition in 2006,  for ten years Drew taught Composition and Music Production at the Australian Institute of Music and was involved in course design as well as delivery at both Undergraduate and Graduate levels. Since relocating to the UK in 2016, Drew continues to supervise Graduate students at AIM and is also now a Visiting Lecturer in the Music Department at City University of London and a Teaching Fellow in Composition at the University of Southampton Music Department.

For scores and recordings, please visit the Australian Music Centre website.

A list of selected work since 1997 is available here.

Awards

2016 Winner, Best Digital Radio Format, Australian Commercial Radio Awards for Kinderling Kids Radio (sonic branding: Drew Crawford)
2013 Finalist, Best Television Theme, APRA Screen Music Awards, for The Checkout
2008 Winner, ABC Classic FM’s Orpheus Remix Awards, for Black Orpheus/Little Richard in the Underworld
2007 Winner, Best Dance Film, Australian Dance Awards for Nun’s Night Out (composer)
2002 Winner, Dendy Award for Best Documentary, Sydney Film Festival for Troubled Waters (composer)
1994 Winner, Sarah Theresa Mackinson Prize for Composition (USyd); University Medal for Music (USyd)