'Wildest Europe' - Discovery Channel/ Animal PlanetI
'Dispatches:Jon Snow's American Journey' - Channel 4
Born in London in 1978, Charlie now lives just outside of Edinburgh in the beautiful countryside of East Lothian, Scotland.
In recent years his music, a subtle and emotive blend of acoustica and minimal electronica, has been much in demand in the field of film, television and media.
Growing up with a love of folk and roots music coupled with an obsession for iconic record producer Sir George Martin, his traditional schooling as a classical guitarist soon became enmeshed with a passion for making more experimental recordings. Using the four track tape machines and samplers that were available at the time, Charlie took his lead from artists like Portishead, whose first release 'Dummy' struck a particularly resonant chord, acting as both a tonic to the flatness of the mid-90's suburban midlands and a catalyst for exploring new horizons musically.
His time at the University of Glasgow in the late 90's only served to pour fuel on the flames and Charlie began collaborating with trip hop/ dance music producers and DJs, often playing live in Glasgow's infamous night clubs, touring under the name The Operators and Kinky Afro, playing events like T in the Park, alongside artists like MC Soom T, Jazzanova, Cinematic Orchestra, Mark B & Blade, Optimo, Mungo's Hifi and iconic dub producer Lee "Scratch" Perry among others.
All the while Charlie was learning more about experimental composition and music production and by the naughties made a break for a quieter life. Moving to Edinburgh, he began working professionally as a soundtrack composer and after Charlie came to the attention of a BBC producer he soon began to build up a body of work for documentaries and dramas, whilst also venturing cautiously into the commercial world, most notably creating the identity music for the Comedy Central channel in the UK.
A decade down the line and with a large body of work and experience under his belt, Charlie now enjoys working on personal and commissioned projects that allow him the freedom to create the music that is in his heart. His most recent musical output demonstrates a balance of the musical styles he has loved over the years, influences that have coalesced into potent music that is both deeply atmospheric and truly idiosyncratic.
A SHepherd's Life: James Rebanks
Director: Włodek Markowicz
Music: Charlie Jefferson