Charlie Jefferson

Charlie is an experienced film & tv composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Scotland. His recent features include the Tribeca winning Scheme Birds and the BAFTA Scotland winning Killing Escobar. His extensive television credits include documentary specials for veteran Channel 4 anchor Jon snow, seminal investigative reporting shows Panorama (BBC) & Dispatches (Channel 4), as well as hit entertainment shows like Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing (BBC), Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father (Netflix) and Who Do You Think You Are (BBC) amongst others.

Naturally musical from a young age, Beatles obsessed mini-Charlie began his recording life by hooking up multiple tape players in a rudimentary attempt to emulate the pioneering overdubbing techniques of his idol the music producer Sir George Martin. As a teenager he was educated more formally on the classical guitar and by his late teens he began to develop his own style whilst collaborating with DJs and music producers whilst studying at the University of Glasgow as part of the collective The Operators and legendary Glasgow club night Kinky Afro. These friends and collaborators, inspired themselves by the likes of Massive Attack & Portishead, were an early schooling in sampling and music production. Together they created their own contributions to the breakbeat scene of the late 90s/early 00s and toured these sets in Scotland’s clubs (Sub Club / The Arches) and festival’s like T in the Park, supporting the likes of Jazzanova, Mungos Hifi and dub and reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Following his time in Glasgow, Charlie went on to study music production and composition for film & tv more closely (Fife College) having enjoyed the process of writing for friends’ short films, and by 2006 he had begun his professional career as a soundtrack composer with his first documentaries for the BBC (The Sun / The Moon for BBC4).

A decade on, Charlie released his first solo record Memories of America which saw Charlie returning to writing his own music. The record fused the rootsy folk, blues and Spanish guitar styles he had always loved together with the minimalist electronica and the raw orchestral elements he had been exploring in his soundtrack work over the previous decade. The album was reviewed positively and has subsequently been widely synced with film & tv productions worldwide. “Beautiful music…sparse, widescreen Americana evoking the shimmer and heat of flat lands bisected by long straight roads vibe.” Chitra Ramaswamy, The Guardian.

Charlie now lives in coastal East Lothian near to the city of Edinburgh. He continues to enjoy the process of collaborating with film & tv directors and is currently working on his second solo album which is due for release in 2022.

Audio

Video Vidéo Killing Escobar

Video Vidéo Killing Escobar

Video Vidéo Killing Escobar

Video Vidéo Killing Escobar

Video Vidéo Scheme Birds

Video Vidéo Scheme Birds

Video Vidéo Scheme Birds

Video Vidéo Gone Fishing

Video Vidéo The Sun

Video Vidéo Trump Voters

Video Vidéo Jon Snow's Hidden Iraq

Video Vidéo Jon Snow's American Journey

Video Vidéo A Year In The Red Light Zone

Video Vidéo Isabel