An award-winning Composer, Producer, CEO and Creative Director of international music house Syn, Nick’s recent achievements include a 2015 Emmy nomination for his composition of CNN’s global campaign theme “Why We Go”. It’s also earned him six awards at the coveted PromaxBDA (the world’s premier award show for entertainment marketing & design).
Nick Wood’s industry roots date back to his start in music production at the legendary Marcus Studio in London. At the age of 19, Nick signed with Virgin Records as the founding member of Appassionata. His eclectic taste has since led him to collaborations with such diverse artists as Dr. John, Julian Lennon, Robert Palmer, Chris Corner, Graham Massey, Jon Hassell, Bebel Gilberto, Maxi Priest, Simon Le Bon, Tetsuya Komuro and Van Dyke Parks.
In the early 90’s Wood ventured into film composition, creating the score for Dream Island (a production by the Oscar-nominated German filmmaker Wim Wenders). He’s since went on to score movie soundtracks including 13 Kaidan (Masahiko Nagasawa’s award-winning thriller starring Tsutomu Yamazaki), animated film To-i Umi Kara Kita Coo, RAILWAYS 2 (starring Tomokazu Miura) and Love Kills (director Mario van Peebles). Additionally Nick’s work has been featured on a variety of network television shows including scoring for Sex and the City and AMC ‘s network brand theme and sound identity.
In 2002, Wood’s single “Passion” became the theme song for the Love Sports campaign by international beer brewer Kirin. The song went on to become the #1 spot on Japan’s international charts, and continues to be licensed by Kirin, more than 16 years later.
In 2014 Syn opened the doors to their Los Angeles office, which has led the company into many exciting new projects and collaborations including a global campaign for Mercedes. During the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio, a new version of Duran Duran’s chart-topping “Rio” produced by Wood with Brazilian band CSS was released globally. The song features Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor as special guests.
2017 holds many exciting career developments for Wood, including the highly anticipated release of his new solo album featuring two songs with Simon Le Bon. In January, Wood and Syn worked with Square Enix to bring Ariana Grande’s “Touch It” into the world of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. The exclusive remix features production by Wood, including a live forty-piece orchestra.