Nic Paton holds a B Mus degree (in Composition and Jazz Studies) and has traversed an exceptionally broad range of musical landscapes, including rock, jazz, songwriting, electronica, choral and world music, as a performer, composer, and producer.
Nic’s music supports film, documentary, television, jingles and commercial productions, creating the space needed to enhance the emotional aspects of narrative and message. He is sensitive to directorial and artistic vision and finds as much satisfaction in collaborating as in creating original music.
Nic works with production libraries in Germany, Australia and South Africa. His first offering for Melbourne-based “Strange Fruit” production library is “Dramatic Themes“. Since 2011 he has delivered 10 well-received albums for production library Mama Dance including “North Africa : Arabic Inflections” (with Chris Tokalon), “Heavenly Harmony”, “Wide Horizons” and “Our Daily Ukulele” in 2015 alone, in addition to a variety of corporate and commercial work.
Recently he produced two large scale sacred works for string quartet and choir: “voxi” and “Valley Of The Shadow – A Music Of Grief”, a musical journey through the grieving process. His scores have included the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards 2013, the trailer for acclaimed South African feature film “Otelo Burning”, and short films “Pine” and “Taming Peter”.
Deeply versed in the disciplines of jazz and orchestral arrangement, and conventional instrumentation (playing guitar, piano and saxophone), Nic also employs a swathe of more exotic instruments such as zouk (Irish Bouzouki), mandolin, valiha, charango, cittern and bass clarinet. He is equally at home with the sonic possibilities of the digital domain as he is in perennial acoustic styles. Furthermore, he has been immersed in African musical forms for many years.
His influences include composers such as Alexandre Desplat, Karl Jenkins, Hans Zimmer, Alberto Iglesias and James Horner, eclectic visionaries like Nitin Sawhney and Tananas, and master songsmiths like Peter Gabriel and Neil Finn.