Composer and Musical Director
Nick Littlemore is a prolific Australian musician, songwriter and producer, perhaps best known as front man of the acclaimed Sydney-based electronic act PNAU, and one half of the electro-pop duo Empire of the Sun. He is also a member of the art-rock band Teenager.
Nick attended the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, graduating with a degree in Digital Media. The musical influences he cites cover a very broad spectrum that includes Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Lindsay Buckingham, Harry Nilsson, Leonard Cohen and Elvis Presley.
As a producer Nick has worked with Sir Elton John, Groove Armada, Ellie Goulding, Robbie Williams, Flora Purim and many others. Nick has also produced and arranged (with his partner in PNAU, Peter Mayes) all-new versions of classic Elton John songs for an album to be released in 2012. He won his first Australian Record Industry Association Award in 1999 for Best Dance Release with PNAU, and four more ARIAS in 2009 for Empire of the Sun's album Walking on a Dream.
When Cirque du Soleil approached him for this first collaboration, he could easily have chosen to continue touring the world playing to bigger and bigger audiences with his band, but there was something about the prospect and challenge of creating the music for Zarkana that proved to be a bigger draw.
He describes his approach to writing as controlled chaos. “It just happens and I try and embrace whatever is happening with harmony and beauty and some kind of atmosphere,” he explains. “Often when I write a tune I'll create the environment first – the atmosphere and the outer edges, if you like. It’s like making a sky. Once that environment has been created, you can allow a storm or any other natural event to come into it.”
“I wanted the music for Zarkana to reflect the ecstasy of existence,” he says. “The sheer joy of being, and the exquisite mechanism of shivers.”
Nick Littlemore was born in Sydney, Australia.