PREMIERE: Renowned Film Composer Peter Raeburn Releases New Live Video For “People Person”

Keeping up with our premiere week, we got the great film composer Peter Raeburn who has returned with an unplugged take on his song “People Person,” a track off his latest record and directed by Ed Christmas.

About the song, Raeburn comments:

“The last song I wrote for the record, this popped out while I was on a family holiday by the sea in Italy. It’s about the preciousness of family and the celebration of life, particularly my grandfather, who was the ultimate ‘people person’.”

Peter Raeburn - People Person (Live)

The struggling artist is a cliché we all recognise: the writer starving in his garret, the musician busking for loose change, the artist paying for meals by drawing on a napkin, perhaps gaining recognition after years of hard work for no reward. That’s not Peter Raeburn.

The name may not be familiar but Peter is one of Britain’s most prolific composers, with multiple film scores including the BAFTA-nominated Under The Skin, Nancy, and a string of award-winning TV commercials to his name.

In fact, you probably hear his music every day – he made the music signatures for Skype and ITV.

Now he’s ready to show the public who he really is, with the release of his debut album: Note To Self.

Stepping away from his epic cinematic productions and returning to his first love – the acoustic guitar – it’s a set of deeply personal songs inspired by new love and new life. But the album is also influenced by the passing of lives: Peter lost two close friends during the recording, and his mother died soon after it was completed.

Note To Self is a radical departure for Peter Raeburn, the grandson of an opera singer who performed at the Royal Opera House. “My grandfather had to give up his artistic calling when he married my grandmother because back then singing was not considered a serious or stable profession for a married man. Instead he became a lawyer – so I’m living the life he was not allowed to live.”

Peter began playing music as a small child. “One Saturday my dad bought me a very small classical guitar. I remember sitting in my parents’ bedroom figuring out two chords with dad’s help – and it was like the universe opened up. To this day, my Desert Island luxury would be my guitar.”

He wrote his first song as a teenager. “I can remember sitting on my bed crying and singing after my heart had broken for the first time. It was a form of release, and almost therapy. It made me realise the power of music as personal expression – and soon I realised I could communicate with other people that way.”

That’s the secret to Peter’s hugely successful career as a composer, producer and musician.  But, having put music to other people’s pictures and stories for so long, it’s time for him to put the words and music to his own life. The result is Note To Self, a record that strips away the lavish orchestrations of his day job.

“This record traces a really important part of my life. personal – songs about life and love and death… I’m not afraid to be emotional, so it had to be stripped-back and raw, like the emotions themselves, with a homely, almost home-made, feel to it. I wanted to explore the same sort of simplicity and directness I found in (David Bowie’s) Hunky Dory, which was the first album that really changed my life.”

For all the differences in approach and sound, the essence remains the same: “Writing and performing my own album is no different to my other job: they’re both about creating and sharing music that is moving. It’s all about the conscious and unconscious response to the music.”

Most of Note To Self was recorded in Peter’s garden studio at his home in Highbury, London, and completed at his production house, Soundtree, in Shoreditch. Peter sings, plays guitar, piano, ukulele, banjo and trumpet with additional contributions from long-time collaborators Luis Almau and Megan Wyler.

Peter’s many awards include a BAFTA nomination, European Film Award and multiple critics’ awards for his Under The Skin soundtrack. He also composed the Skype theme, the ITV idents and the theme for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and conducted his own score for Russell Brand’s Pied Piper Of Hamelin at the Royal Albert Hall.

His film credits as composer, producer and music supervisor include Sexy Beast, Breaking The Waves, Birth, Blue Valentine, Molly Moon, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Woodshock, The last Photograph, Behold my heart, The Lie and Nancy.

His many award-winning TV ads include The Ring for Audi, Bed for IKEA, Surfer, NoitulovE and Bet On Black for Guinness, Ice Skating Priests for Stella Artois, Mountain for PlayStation2, Music Pieces for Sony Walkman and Twist for Levi’s.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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