William Orbit is an English musician, composer and record producer who has sold 200 million recordings worldwide of his own work, his production and song writing work, and is the recipient of multiple Grammys, Ivor Novello awards and other music industry awards.
With the development of Guerilla Studios as a (rare for the time) small independent studio in Little Venice, in 1979, Orbit had his first experience of producing other artists. This is where he trained himself as a producer and Orbit’s increasing skills quickly gained popularity. Along with his friend, in-house producer Rico Conning, they recorded many music artists of the early 80s. His earlier clients included Sting, Colourbox, Prince, The Cure, Seal, Nitzer Ebb, Etienne Daho, Peter Gabriel, Depeche Mode, Human League, Malcolm McLaren, Sven Vath, and Dot Allison.
Later collaborations and productions included U2, Britney Spears, Pink, Katie Melua’s album ‘The House’, Madonna, No Doubt, Ricky Martin, Beth Orton, Sarah Mclachlan, Queen, Joy Formidable, Robbie Williams, All Saints and Sugababes. When working with Beck, the two of them wrote a song for Pink, ‘Feel Good Time’, which William then produced for the soundtrack for the film ‘Charlie’s Angels’.
Throughout his career, Orbit’s music has been heard in soundtracks of numerous films and TV shows, including Heat, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Austin Powers, CSI:NY, Glee, Charlie’s Angels, The Beach, The OC (the New Years Eve scene from the series finale). A comprehensive list can be found on his IMDB entry.
With his band Bassomatic, Orbit toured throughout Europe and the UK, performing at venues such as The Hacienda in Manchester, Roskilde Festival in Denmark, and Heaven in London.
William had created remixes for Madonna previously such as Justify My Love and Erotica but he didn’t meet her personally until 1997. That summer and fall they wrote together and produced her multi Grammy/award winning 7th album “Ray of Light”.
Most Recently, he took part in the London Electronic Arts Festival in Shoreditch, curated by Rob Da Bank and Ben Turner, in a lecture and multimedia music performance.
In 2013 he worked with Britney Spears and Will.i.am on her album ‘Britney Jean’, with fellow songwriters Ana Diaz and Dan Traynor with whom he wrote and produced the track ‘Alien’. He was a writer and producer on the Chris Brown song “Don’t Wake Me Up” which was recorded at Record Plant in LA and for which he received an ASCAP award in 2014. The song has had 165 Million views on YouTube. This was followed by a production of the Queen track, ‘There Must Be More to Life Than This’, which featured archive vocals by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson.
He had an exhibition in Los Angeles in conjunction with jeweller Stephen Webster in October 2017, along with joint speaking appearances and DJ events.
Another exhibition was held in Shoreditch, London in conjunction with restaurateur Mark Hix where he additionally showcased some emerging young artists.