Aidan Lavelle is a London based composer and producer who has had a prolific career in music, both as a solo artist and film composer as well as writing and producing for the British collective UNKLE. He has worked with artists such as; Gorillaz, Ian Brown, Queens Of The Stone Age, Massive Attack, Ian Astbury, Autolux, Black Mountain, The Big Pink and Layo & Bushwacka.
Aidan Lavelle has considerable success in film, TV & advertising with the films and commercials he has scored picking up a wealth of awards including;
Best Film – Misty Moon International Film Festival 2016, Shooting People Film of the Month – April 2016 Short of the Week – shortoftheweek.com – April 2016, Vimeo Staff Pick 2016, Runner up Grand Prix, Best Fiction and Roger Deakins Award – Plymouth Film Festival 2015, Winner Best Performance – Thurrock International Film Festival 2015, Winner Best Drama – Manchester Independent Short Film Festival 2015, Special Mention Award – London Lift Off Film Festival 2015, Winner Best Film – Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2014, Best Short Film Promax Film Festival 2014, Cannes Bronze Lion 2013, Gold – Best Film The IVCA Awards 2013, Gold – Best Charity Film The British Arrow Awards 2013, Gold – Best Over 90 Web Based Film The British Arrow Awards 2013, APA 50 Selection 2012, Royal Television Society Craft & Design awards 2008.
Aidan was exposed to music at an early age being brought up in a very musical background. His Granny started his formal education with piano lessons from the age of six. Aidan took an interest in sound production at an early age also and began composing electronic music at eight, with a full midi setup. Later his first mix-tape (Laurent Garnier X Mix 2) led him to Kraftwerk/ electro, IDM and Detroit techno.
He chose to take his musical interest seriously, commencing with the College of Music in Leeds and later completing a degree in music at Westminster University in London.
Aidan joined brother James and Pablo Clements in a revamped UNKLE in 2005 after success as a solo dance music producer. The new outfit dropped straight into doing remixes for dance acts and bands including; Layo & Bushwacka, Black Mountain and Massive Attack while James finished off the album War Stories with former UNKLE band mate Richard File.
Film scores soon followed beginning with Odyssey In Rome, a documentary about director Abel Ferrera, the score of which became the genesis of the album End Titles. The Albums End Titles, End Titles Redux and More Stories would follow shortly and for the few years thereafter.
Composing for film and media became more of a priority of Aidans role with UNKLE, working on projects like a variation on the X-Files theme for the 2008 film X-Files: I Want To Believe and the theme for the Euro 2008 football competition for the BBC which won an award at the Royal Television Society Kraft & Design Awards 2008 for best titles.
Aidan Also got the opportunity to work with big brands, writing the music for advertising campaigns for companies such as BMW, Zurich Insurance, Chivas Whiskey, Johnnie Walker, and Jägermeister
During this time Aidan also wrote and co wrote the original score for features Lives of the Artists II: Follow Me Down, Cherry Tree Lane, and The Caller for Sony Pictures.
Aidan decided to limit his involvement with UNKLE towards the end of 2011 with a desire to concentrate more on his solo career. Since then he has been responsible for some extremely successful film scores and advertising campaigns including Amnesty International, Pele football boots, Samsung, Relentless Energy Drink, Direct Line and a campaign for NSPCC/Childline, which went on to win a host of awards, as did some of the films he was involved with like Cowboy Ben.
Aidan has most recently composed the score for the latest Relentless Energy Drink campaign, the Scottish Government Drink Drive Campaign and also the latest Audmars Piguet campaign.
Aidan stepped back into dance music in 2012, releasing three EPs for Rebellion (Crosstown Rebels’ imprint). Aidan also embarked on a string of remixes for the likes of Layo & Bushwacka, disCerN & Sordo vs. Dance Spirit, Bog, JCB, Jimmy V and Samuel Dan. Off the back of this interest spread culminating in DJ gigs for high profile events such as London Warehouse Events, Rebellion Rave, Crosstown Rebels’ Manchester Warehouse Project and Glastonbury Festival.
2014 culminated in high profile performances with highlights including the Get Lost Crosstown Rebels party at the Ice Palace in Miami for the WMC and performances at both the My Favourite Robot label and Akbal Music label showcases at Sonar Festival. This leads to Aidan’s next season starting even earlier in 2015 with a performance booked for the Akbal Music label showcase for BPM festival in Mexico January 2015.
Aidan’s immediate upcoming schedule includes the UK, Spain, Russia, Peru and Mexico.
Aidan has upcoming releases for Rebellion, as well as remixes for labels such as Culprit, My Favourite Robot, Akbal Music, Dilate and Armada Deep. Aidan’s unique style and high production values have gained him support from the likes of Damian Lazarus, Maceo Plex, Pan-Pot, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Tiefschwarz, Pete Tong, Sasha, Yousef, John Digweed, Layo & Bushwacka, Fur Coat, Francesca Lombardo, Rich Ahmed, Droog, Amirali… The list goes on.
The radio support also peaked with tracks on both Pete Tongs Essential Mix and his Evolution show on the other side of the pond as well as a host of globally spread plays on stations like Radio 1, Kiss FM, Juice FM, Screen FM, You FM, Galaxie FM etc.
Aidan has more recently been more recently been working on a global collaboration of himself and Mexico’s Robbie Akbal. Their first release together already made some considerable headway on Get Physical records, but their current release (November 2014) featuring the vocals of Shawni on culprit has made a firm imprint with exclusive world premiers for Mixmag (original mix), Deep House Amsterdam (Andre Hommen mix) and Big Shot Mag (Inxec mix). The release currently holds a front page banner on Beatport.
Today Aidan is working on a new album for 2017. He’s also scheduling various dance music releases and remixes and continues to compose, score and create sound design for film and advertising fitted around a busy DJ tour schedule.