Multi-instrumentalist maestro Michele Chiavarini's career as a composer, songwriter, producer, remix...
Multi-instrumentalist maestro Michele Chiavarini's career as a composer, songwriter, producer, remixer, session musician, arranger and sound designer, spans over 25 years.
He has been involved in a very wide range of music genres, ranging from Pop to Dance, Soul/RnB, Hip-Hop to Jazz, Orchestral to World music, etc. He has also written extensively for film, television and advertising.
Together with Fernanda Reis, he is behind record label Spry Records, who is becoming known and respected for the quality of its releases.
Since 2021, Michele has also become a voting member of the Grammys.
Classically trained in piano, guitar, composition, orchestration and conducting, Michele is also an accomplished bass player, vibraphone player, string and brass arranger. A masterful programmer and skilful engineer, he is equally familiar with electronic, acoustic and orchestral musical environments.
Throughout his long career, Michele has recorded for Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Luciano Pavarotti, Philip Bailey, Seal, Simply Red, Moby, Lemar, Soul II Soul, Gabrielle, A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) and many more.
In the realm of house music, he is best known for his work as a session musician and programmer on hundreds of productions by some of the top DJs and dance acts in the world, including Dave Lee (a.k.a. Joey Negro), DJ Spen, Seamus Haji, Mark Knight, Robert Owens, ATFC, Booker T, Danny Rampling, Bobby & Steve, DJ Disciple, Victor Simonelli, Mark Wilkinson, Diane Charlemagne, Booty Luv, Warren Clarke, Luciana Caporaso, Allister Whitehead, and many more.
Michele has remixed many legendary American singers, like Cece Peniston, Melba Moore, Ann Nesby, Byron Stingily, SuSu Bobien, D. Tallman, Kathy Brown, Jazz sensation Jarrod Lawson, Josh Milan and many more. Further highlights include collaborations with long time friends Andre Espeut, Pete Simpson, Tyrone Lee, Rachel McFarlane, Samantha Smith, Lauraine Mcintosh, etc.
In the early 2000s Michele was one of the main writers on the hugely successful dance-chillout Jakatta album Visions (Ministry) scoring 3 UK Top 10s (American Dream, So Lonely, My Vision featuring Seal), and many other Dave Lee projects including Raven Maze (2 UK Top 10s), Akabu, Doug Willis and Sessomatto. He is also a lead writer on Dave Lee’s The Sunburst Band albums (Here Comes The Sunburst Band, Moving With The Shakers, Until The End of Time, The Secret Life of Us), as well as playing keys and arranging brass and strings.
Michele is also known for his Latin-influenced productions as Nova Fronteira. In 2003 he wrote and produced The Full Fronteira LP, released on Z Records, to critical acclaim. In 2012 the single Everybody Loves The Sunshine
was also released on Seamus Haji's Big Love and reached number 1 on Traxsource.
Aside from his Brazilian music influenced moniker Nova Fronteira, released on Dave Lee’s Z Records, Seamus Haji’s Big Love and Quantize, Michele came onto his own in 2014, when he released the smash “Let Me See You (Clap Your Hands)”. Since then, he has been regularly working with DJ Spen and Thomas Davis' Quantize Recordings, releasing many records and scoring several #1 singles on Traxsource, among which 1 World, the 2014 summer hit Let Me See You (Clap Your Hands) and Doing Things My Way. Michele has also written and produced several tracks for S.E.L., Sheila Ford (Album “Here We Are” on Quantize) and Tracy Hamlin (album "No Limits" on Expansion Records).
Together with DJ Spen, Michele has secured the number 1 spot in the Billboard's Dance Club Song Chart, with the remix of Donna Summer's classic "Hot Stuff", which is also featured in the Broadway musical about the legendary artist. Other hits include various Traxsource #1 remixes, like David Morales "Believe”, Rhemi's superb "Diamond”, Black Motion’s anthemic ‘Rainbow’ and Mickey More & Andy Tee “Philly Sensation”.
Outside of house music, Michele has recently worked on various hip-hop projects featuring some of the most respected names in North American hip-hop. Among others, Canibus, the amazing Chris Rivers and Wrekonize, of ¡Mayday! fame.
He also regularly scores soundtracks for CNN, The Discovery Channel, History Channel, etc. and has created music for many advertising commercials including Toyota (100 Mile Journey), ENEL “Passages Of Light” (50th Anniversary piece commissioned by Sky Arts), Nat West, Berocca, Evian, Heineken, Gordon's Gin, P&O, 555, Oral B, Tic Tac, & Amigos Tequila (TV bumper for ITV comedy series 'Plebs').
Other screen credits include some of the biggest TV shows in the world. Among others, The Big Bang Theory, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Criminal Minds, Survivor CBS TV, The Price Is Right, The Talk, The Young And The Restless, Quest for Gold (Discovery), The Wars of The Zulu (CNN), How To Survive A Disaster Movie (Channel 5), Benidorm ER 2 (Channel 5), Escoffier (Channel 4), Dying For Clear Skin (BBC3), plus hundreds of syncs for BBC1 (The One Show, Strictly Dance Fever etc), BBC2, BBC3, ITV 1 (X Factor etc), ITV 2, Channel 4 (Big Brother, Place In The Sun etc), Channel 5, Discovery, Sky One, ESPN, CBBC, UKTV Food, etc.
In the field of advertising, Michele has written music for many commercials, including Toyota (100 Mile Journey), ENEL’s 50th Anniversary advert by SKY Arts (Passages Of Light), Nat West, Evian, Heineken, Gordon’s Gin, P&O, Berocca, Oral B, Tic Tac & Amigos Tequila (ITV comedy series ‘Plebs’). In the early 2000, his cheeky take on Brit girl groups resulted in the creation of naughty twosome Daphne & Celeste (Universal), much loved by Radio 1 and the New Music Express for its irreverent style. With Michele at the production helm, the group scored 2 UK Top 10 singles and 1 UK Top 20 album.