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In this episode I’m talking to Andrew Stannard, a senior producer at Universal Production Music (UNIPPM)

Andrew and I reveal our love for 80s TV themes and hark back to an era when big melodic hooks were an industry staple. We look at what makes a great production music track, from using unique sonic textures to splicing unexpected genres. Andrew brings some music trivia gold to the table with the revelation that one of Hollywood’s biggest composers wrote a TV quiz show theme.

Andrew has worked in Production Music for over 20 years, starting off as a music supervisor for Zomba, moving into sales for BMG before joining the production department at Universal.

He’s produced countless albums in all manner of genres and has worked with seasoned media composers as well as beat makers, electronic producers, and specialist composers.

I know Andrew through my work on the Filmic Folk production music albums I did for Universal. Essentially combining traditional folk instrumentation with cinematic strings.

As well as producing new music for Universal Andrew Stannard looks after an archive of old recordings on the Bruton and Chappell labels. He has supplied samples to artists like Danger Mouse and Disclosure and through this, had a hand in the worldwide number on hit record ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley

I see production music as an unsung hero of the music industry. The composers don’t usually get the glory like TV and film composers but there is some incredible production music out there. When bespoke music written to picture isn’t an option, many companies will turn to trusty production music libraries like those of Universal.

Have a listen to some of the incredible music mentioned by Andrew Stannard

Fame Theme – Irene Cara

Going For Gold Theme Tune

The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star

Kylie Minogue – I Should be so Lucky

Alan Hawkshaw

Keith Mansfield – Grandstand Theme 

Barry Stoller – Match of The Day


Andrew Skeet

Ollie Holmes

Golden Swagger (UNIPPM)

Inon Zur

Chariots of Fire – Abraham’s Theme

Steve Reich


Claude Debussy

Thomas Tallis – Spem in Alium

 Alexander Parsons

Mortimer and Whitehouse – Gone Fishing Playlist

Hans Zimmer – Dune (OST)

Knightrider Theme Tune –  Stu Phillips

Harry Thuman – Sphinx