Composer, Producer, Mixer & Engineer
(American Idol, Anthrax, Hollywood Today Live, The Fringe, Steel Panther, The Wall)
Michael Lord's music found an audience when the iTunes Music Store chose the track Smile from his self produced release SWAY as their Single of the Week, an honor rarely given to an indie artist. Prior to this feat Lord found himself in bands with major label deals on Atlantic and Island/Def Jam, the later of which led him to work with producers T-Bone Burnett and Eric Valentine. It is here Lord solidified and learned his production chops from two unique masters of the craft. Upon the iTunes Single of the Week, Lord was tapped by prolific songwriter and producer Desmond Chid to fill out the production team for American Idol's "Show Stoppers" cast album. He soon found himself arranging and producing tracks for the album that on release was certified Gold by the RIAA. Also taking note of Lord's production and writing skills was top television composer Danny Lux who asked Lord to write, produce and perform a collection of songs that would eventually find their way into NBC's hit comedy, My Name is Earl.
More opportunities followed including a key song placement in JJ Abrams' ALIAS, which brought Lord to the attention of not only Abrams but to Executive Producer and Director Ken Olin who used many of Lord's produced cover versions of classic songs in his next show for ABC, Brothers and Sisters. Of these cover versions Who'll Stop The Rain featuring Courtney Jaye on vocals, has become the #1 selling downloaded cover version of the CCR classic on iTunes. Former ALIAS Executive Producer and Writer, Jeff Pinkner, also took note of Lord's talents. Pinker now a show runner, hired Lord to do all the song arrangements for the Brown Betty musical episode of FOX's FRINGE. Lord grew up in Los Angeles playing and studying classical piano, guitar, drums and composition later attending the famed Berklee College of Music. Being of fan of Randy Newman and Danny Elfman's Oingo Boingo, composing to picture was always something Lord had a passion for. Lord has become a top "go to" composer for collaboration. He has worked closely with Danny Lux, Jon Ernst and John Nordstrom writing underscore for over a dozen shows ranging from the scripted drama, One Tree Hill to non-scripted reality shows like Out of the Wild (Discovery), Duck Dynasty (A&E) and America's Next Top Model (CW). Taking note of Lord's scoring skills music producer Jay Ruston enlisted Lord to re-envision a track for metal legends ANTHRAX's comeback album, Worship Music. Lord created a hybrid orchestration of metal married to dark, ambient underscore for the bonus track remix version of The Crawl.
Next up Lord found himself collaborating with actor/director Ricky Schroder, composing a modern Americana score for Schroder's latest movie, Our Wild Hearts. Lord also composed and produced all songs for the feature. Airing on the Hallmark Movie Channel, Our Wild Hearts, found great success becoming the 2nd highest rated/watched original movie in the channel's history. Additionally Lord wrote and performed the theme for Schroder's US Army funded reality project, Starting Strong, airing on FOX. The last year has been one of the busiest. Composing the score for two Mar Vista Entertainment features, the RomCom,You Cast A Spell On Me and the teen/tween hit, Jessica Darling’s IT List, based off the New York Times Best Selling book series by Megan McCafferty. Michael also composed and produced the Main Title Theme for the nationally syndicated entertainment based talk show, Hollywood Today Live.
Coming up in 2017, is the debut of NBC’s, THE WALL. Chris Hardwick hosts and LeBron James EPs this brand new, one hour prime time game show for which Lord composed Main Title, Themes and Underscore.
Warm Audio Gear
- EQP-WA Tube Equalizer
- WA-2A Optical Compressor
- WA-76 Discrete Compressor
- WA-12 Microphone Preamplifier
"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."