Laurent Barnard has been a professional touring musician for over fifteen years. In 2007 Laurent’s main project Gallows signed a lucrative record deal with Warner Bros and released two highly acclaimed albums, Orchestra of Wolves and Grey Britain. From that point onwards the band found themselves on the cover of music publications worldwide, performing at every prestigious music festival and picking up awards for their efforts. When it came to albums three and four, Laurent and Stuart Gili-Ross (Gallows’ bass player) decided it was best to set up their own independent record company to avoid the bureaucracy of major labels. Venn Records was born in 2012 and have not only been the main source of Gallows’ recent material but also a vast selection of young and successful acts.
Throughout Gallows’ career Laurent has established himself as a producer working on official remixes for artists ranging from Lethal Bizzle to My Chemical Romance. His production work has caught the attention of tastemakers Zane Lowe and Diplo who have endorsed his talents with radio play and blog posts.
Outside of Gallows, Laurent also writes and plays guitar for metal supergroup Krokodil (a band whose debut album made Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Metal Albums of 2014), indie pop experimentalists Moones (best known for their viral music video featuring the band getting progressively more drunk) and a new project called Gold Key.
Laurent Barnard has always had a passion for cinematic musical pieces. From scoring Grey Britain‘s instrumental interludes (recorded by a 33 piece orchestra at world-famous Air Studios) to the more atmospheric moments of latest album Desolation Sounds, it made sense to step into the world of film. Having already produced pieces for Relentless Energy Drink’s ‘Short Stories‘ series, a chance meeting with up and coming director Melanie Light saw Laurent record the music for her gritty horror The Herd. A huge horror fan himself, this provided the perfect platform to mix disturbing soundscapes with moments of pure melancholia. Much to his surprise, Laurent found himself nominated for Best Music at this year’s British Horror Film Festival – not a bad start.
With more collaborations and composing work in the pipeline, Laurent Barnard is very much looking forward to adding his professional touch to film varying from documentaries to features.