Davidge, who began his career in the early 90’s producing UK Nu Wave band DNA, played a significant role in developing the sound and style of trip-hop collective Massive Attack. He co-produced the band’s third album, Mezzanine, a double-platinum international chart-topper which included “Teardrop” (best known as theme to Fox’ long-running medical drama House) and fourth LP 100th Window. Davidge also co-wrote and produced 2010’s critically acclaimed Heligoland, the band’s fifth studio album, which featured such vocalists as Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval and Martina Topley-Bird.
At the same time, Davidge began composing film scores, beginning with Luc Besson’s 2004 drama Unleashed, which was followed by Bullet Boy, the Paul McGuigan-directed Push and Oscar-nominated documentary Trouble The Water. In 2010, he contributed to the score and composed and performed title song “The Storm That Brought You To Me” along with Tina Dico and Ramin Djawadi for 2010 fantasy franchise Clash Of The Titans. Most recently, Davidge composed the score to Carl Deal and Tia Lessin’s political documentary Citizen Koch and has just begun work on the James Franco/Kate Hudson movie Good People.
In 2011, Davidge was commissioned by Microsoft to compose, arrange and produce the score to the latest edition of its blockbuster Xbox game Halo 4. As Halo 4 became one of the best selling video games of all time on release in 2012, its critically acclaimed soundtrack went on to become the highest charting video game soundtrack in history. A curated second album of re-mixes, featuring such renowned DJ/producers as Gui Boratto, Alvin Risk, KOAN Sound and Sander Van Doorn, released simultaneously, was also a commercial success.
In related news, leading independent music publisher Spirit Music Group announced the signing of a global (ex-Australia/NZ), multi-year co-publishing agreement with Neil Davidge, the renowned UK composer, producer and artist responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, videogame soundtracks and film scores of the last two decades. Through the deal, Spirit will provide a wide range of creative services for Davidge’s entire back catalog as well as marketing and promotion for his debut solo album and future work.