Composer, Producer, Mixer & Engineer
(American Idol, Anthrax, Hollywood Today Live, The Fringe, Steel Panther, The Wall)
Michael Lord’s varied experience and notable collaborations bring him a unique perspective as a composer.Michael found early success as a member of bands with deals on Atlantic and Island/Def Jam, touring the US, garnering heavy rotation on radio/MTV and Top 20 Billboard chart success. Those experiences opened the door to his collaboration with exceptional producers such as Eric Valentine and T-Bone Burnett, with whom he evolved his production chops.
Striking out on his own, Michael’s music found an audience when Apple chose his track Smile from his self-produced album Sway as their iTunes Single of Week. This opened the door for numerous placements for his music, including in Alias, Brothers and Sisters, My Name is Earl and Laguna Beach, as well as song arrangement and production opportunities including the Brown Betty musical episode of FOX’s Fringe and the American Idol Showstopper’s album, which was certified Gold by the RIAA.
Michael’s considerable song placements established him as a production music force and led to him co-creating the original music package for A&E’s hit Duck Dynasty, the theme for nationally syndicated entertainment based talk show Hollywood Today Live (FOX/Media General), as well as music for over 200 other shows.
Establishing a footprint in the scripted world, Michael collaborated with actor/director Ricky Schroder to compose a modern Americana score and original songs for Schroder’s film, Our Wild Hearts, as well as Schroder’s US Army project Starting Strong. Michael was then chosen to score various features, including the adaptation of NY Times bestseller Jessica Darling’s It List.
Taking note of Michael’s scoring skills, prominent music producer Jay Ruston enlisted Michael to re-envision a track for metal legends ANTHRAX on their comeback album, Worship Music. Michael created a hybrid orchestration of metal married to dark, ambient underscore for the bonus track remix version of The Crawl.
In 2017 Michael joined with prolific television producer Andrew Glassman to compose the themes and underscore for NBC’s game show The Wall, hosted by Chris Hardwick with LeBron James as executive producer. Now entering its third season on NBC, The Wall is a multinational hit format being produced on 6 stages with over 30 international versions in association with Endemol/Shine. Michael’s themes/underscore are used in all international versions.
Premiering in June 2019, Michael’s themes and underscore will be an integral part of FOX’s game show Spin the Wheel co-created by Andrew Glassman and Justin Timberlake and hosted by Dax Sheppard.
A native of Los Angeles, Michael began playing the piano at age 5. He studied classical piano, guitar, drums, and composition. Lord was the recipient of the Chick Corea Jazz Masters Scholarship while he attended the Berklee College of Music.
Warm Audio Gear
- WA-14 Microphone
- WA-87 Microphone
- WA-47 Microphone
- WA-47Jr Microphone
- WA273-EQ Mic Pre
"Composing, recording and delivering cues for TV, Film and Media requires me to deal with a wide range of musical genres and therefore also a wide range of instruments. Of course there are the staples of drums, guitars, bass, keyboards and vocals, and the signal chain WARM Audio provides for those is world class! Equally important though is how my WA12, WA-2A, WA76 and EQP-WA capture not only the scoring essentials such as violin, cello, horns, woodwinds, but also the not so common dulcimer, glockenspiel, log drum, various percussion and ethnic/exotic instruments demanded by today’s modern scores. WARM Audio’s signal chain is impressively versatile. So much of modern scoring uses and relies on virtual instruments. I LOVE how I can rely on my WARM audio preamps, compressors and EQ to record live instruments which provide the glue, the WARMth and personalization to marry the virtual elements with the human elements for my compositions."