When I was three I decided I wanted to be a film composer. Along the way I’ve been a session musician, songwriter, producer and artist, but composing to picture will always be my first love.
I won a scholarship to the Purcell School at 10, joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at 16 and spent my late teens sitting in the orchestra pits of West End theatres, marking up scores for shows like Sweeney Todd and West Side Story. At the same time I was immersing myself in the emerging dance music scene, listening to anything from House to Rap.
Starting as a composer’s assistant, I went on to produce and co-write several dramas with acclaimed British composer, Steve Martland, before scoring my first drama, The Ward, for ITV. I got sidetracked for a while, signing a songwriting deal with Warner Chappell and a record contract with EMI, which led to co-writes and production with artists as diverse as George Michael and Mediaeval Baebes.
I’m probably best known for my work on The Apprentice and many other factual shows, although these days I do more dramas and indie films, like Silk, Capital, A Touch of Cloth and Damilola: Our Loved Boy.
As I embrace middle age, I find myself drawn to helping the next generation, from taking on students, to doing masterclasses and lectures. I am passionate about increasing diversity among the composing community – something that needs a lot of help. I also want to take a more active role in the industry, hence wishing to sit on the PRS Board. I believe I can make a difference and I want to represent you, my colleagues and peers, at a difficult time when the public (and many broadcasters) do not expect to pay to enjoy the music we create.
Download Dru's Canvassing Statement
Proposed for appointment by: Miguel D’Oliveira, Paul Farrer, Benedict Foster, Tom Richard Peter Howe, Anne Nikitin, Daniel Pemberton, Michael Price, Dominik Scherrer, Samuel Sim and Paul Thomson.
Current and recent directorships: No Minor Chords Ltd, Sonicplanet Ltd.