Composer, keyboard player and producer Nick Magnus is best known for his work with ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett from 1978 to 1989, providing his keyboard talents to at least twelve of Hackett’s albums to date, as well as extensively touring Europe, the UK and the US.
Nick started his musical career in early 1976 with the cult symphonic rock ensemble, The Enid. At the end of that year, he and drummer Robbie Dobson left The Enid to spend two years with the progressive rock band Autumn. On February 15th, 1999 Autumn release a Mini CD of their material originally recorded 23 years ago, entitled Oceanworld.
He has released four previous solo albums of his own compositions: ‘Straight On Till Morning’ (1994), ‘Inhaling Green’ (1999), ‘Hexameron’ (2004) and ‘Children Of Another God’ (2010). A live album with John Hackett was released in March 2011. Nick’s fifth solo album ‘N’monix’ is scheduled for release on April 28th 2014.
The latter half of the 80’s was spent doing session work with many diverse recording artistes such as China Crisis, Renaissance, George Martin, Mungo Jerry, Johhny Mars, Cilla Black, Jose Carrerras, Brian May, Richie Havens, Bonnie Tyler, Mike Batt, Classix Nouveaux, David Essex, Pete Bardens (Camel), Duncan Browne, Chris Rea, and Colin Blunstone.
The 1990s saw album chart successes for Nick’s co-productions of the Project D Synthesiser albums. He also achieved platinum sales for his productions and arrangements for the internationally acclaimed series of Pan Pipe Moods albums, released by Polygram records.
Further productions include two albums by Celtic Spirit : Celtic Dreams and Celtic Dreams 2, both of which have enjoyed international success. ‘Is That Your Final Answer?’ was Nick’s 2000 dance remix version of music from the smash-hit TV gameshow ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’. Subsequently in 2007, he was commissioned to produce an ‘energised’ re-recording of the theme music for ‘Millionaire’ which is currently being broadcast on the show in the UK. Throughout the summer of 2001 audiences applauded the new arrangements of Lennon and McCartney songs Nick contributed to the West End musical, ‘All You Need is Love’.
As well as a varied history as a composer, producer and arranger, Nick also penned the soundtrack to the cult horror movie “Bloody New Year”, directed by Norman J Warren (Inseminoid, Terror, Satan’s Slave, Prey). As a result of contributing to numerous other works for film, TV and radio, Nick has since gained much experience in working with music to picture.
He has also delivered lectures and seminars on many aspects of music technology and music production, whilst also writing diverse articles on these subjects for the music press.
Nick will be a guest musician, playing keys on one of the tracks for United Progessive Fraternity on the upcoming album “Planetary Overload”.