I am James Cook, an Amsterdam-via-Manchester based singer, songwriter, composer and producer. I have worked with advertising clients such as L’Oreal, Smirnoff, Ikea, and Adidas, composed for documentary trailers, Hollywood horror and interactive festival installations amongst many other things. I work closely and effectively with agencies, clients and creatives in a both composer and music supervisor role. My band ‘Delphic’ earned third spot in the much acclaimed BBC sound of 2010 as well as a nomination for ‘Best UK & Ireland New Act’ in the MTV European Music Awards. Our debut record ‘Acolyte’ charted at number 8 in the UK album chart and achieved considerable success around the globe. To date, ‘Delphic’ of which I was lead singer, songwriter and co-producer, have sold well over 100,000 records, multi-million streams and performed on high profile stages such as Glastonbury and Jools Holland. Delphic have featured on computer games, TV and advertising, with high profile titles including Samsung, Pro Evolution Soccer, F1 2010, Saints Row:The Third and the theme music for Sky’s international cricket coverage. My Music has also featured on the big screen, in the 2011 film ’The Art of Getting By’ and 2018 film 'The Curse of La Llorona'. I live in Haarlem (a small city between the sea and Amsterdam) with my wife Jayne and toddler Jasper, I enjoy running half marathons and hiding away in my shed building furniture whilst listening to 6music.
Projects credited in
- ibis — ibis Musicibis, one of the UK’s leading budget hotel brands, briefed us to turn up the volume and make some noise about its music-led brand proposition in 2019. They didn’t want just a one-hit-wonder creative spike, but a 12-month integrated comms program, spanning PR, social and influencers. Our goal was to amp-up ibis’ passion for music, positioning its hotels as destinations for unique music experiences, as well as great stays, with the end goal of driving bookings and building brand loyalty.4
- 'Little White Lies' for L'OrealThe brief: Bring humour to hair colour. We developed a social campaign that brought to life the little white lies women tell themselves to justify their life choices, including why they colour their hair. This was quite a departure for the usually serious L'Oreal and let us experiment with a more playful approach that still looked and felt on brand.
- L'ORÉAL AGE PERFECTMany women over 60 begin to feel like they're being overlooked by society. They don’t feel that different in themselves, but how they're perceived day to day can be markedly different. To challenge these perceptions, our new campaign for L’Oréal’s Perfect Age range uses iconic spokeswoman Dame Helen Mirren in her first TV spot for the brand. Her job? To encourage women to stand tall, and be proud of your wiser years. Because to quote Helen herself, it's the Perfect Age.3
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Music Supervisor / ProducerStainless Sound and Music
Supervision and production of music for clients including Ikea, Adidas, Google and Klarna
- Music Advertising
- Music Production
- Music Editing
- Music Supervision
- Song Writing
BA(Hons) Popular Music and Recording 2.1University of Salford
- Manchester, United Kingdom
Building on our long-standing reputation for Popular Music and Recording, our course is well-known for producing artists such as members of the British art rock band Everything Everything, singer-songwriter Kristyna Miles and James Cook (lead singer) and Rick Boardman (keyboards), members of 3-piece Indie Electronica band Delphic. This course builds upon our long-standing reputation and has been ranked the number one Popular Music and Recording course in the North West and number two in the UK in the 2020 Guardian university league tables.