COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER
Drew Skinner is an award winning composer and sound designer based in Los Angeles.
He has been the principal composer and sound designer for New York based animation company Aardmann Nathan Love since 2008. In addition, he has worked with other animation, music and sound design houses on projects for clients such as: Ford, UPS, Baskin Robbins and Nickelodeon.
One of Drew’s compositions became the soundtrack to “Baker Cat”, an endless video of a cat kneading dough, which went viral. Combined with the Stan Lee Parkour video he produced the music for, YouTube videos containing his work have reached nearly 5 million views.
Having been raised by musicians in New York, Drew began studying piano at age three, via the Suzuki method. From his Waldorf primary school education, Drew developed a lifelong passion for creating music and visual arts. At The School of Visual Arts in NYC he studied illustration for two years before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. There, he studied drumming with the great Kenwood Dennard and earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Synthesis—with a focus on music production for commercials and film. His composition “Minimalist Samba” was one of the 14 tracks selected and featured on the 2004 Berklee Production CD; a collection of the school’s best work of that year.
In addition to drums, Drew plays numerous instruments including: piano, cello, ukelele, bass and guitar. In 2006, he moved to Los Angeles to set up his studio and launch the band Automatique, with his brother Sean Skinner. Together with fellow musicians, Jimmy Kuehn and Rocco Shields, Automatique worked with renowned producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon) to perform two songs on Yoko Ono’s most recently released album “I’m a Witch Too” (released in January 2016). The band regularly performed in many popular LA venues including The Viper Room, The Whiskey and The House of Blues.