MUSIC PRODUCERS HEAD FOR THE BIG TIME
Space Primates go from a bedroom on Chalfont St Peter to a studio in Los Angeles
TWO YOUNG music entrepreneurs are taking the world by storm from their bedroom studio in Chalfont St Peter.
Space Primates music producers – otherwise known to friends and family as Nathan Cunningham and Marc Sibley – are the brains behind the Lunchmoney Lewis song Whip It, which has had more than 23 million plays on music streaming site Spotify.
Recently the boys have signed a publishing deal with Dr Luke, who has worked with artists such as Katy Perry, Rihanna and Maroon 5, and have been part of hitmaking writing teams alongside others who have worked with One Direction, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull. Mr Cunningham, 22, from Welders Lane, met Mr Sibley, 25, when t hey both studied for a degree in popular music performance at the Guitar Institute in London, playing in the same group of musicians.
Graduating three years ago, the duo decided to make a start in music production full time as soon as they finished their studies, and started to send their demos to various publishers.
American songwriter, record producer, multiinstrumentalist and remixer Dr Luke was sent an instrumental song they had written, liked what he heard and subsequently flew the lads out to Los Angeles to sign with him.
This instrumental demo was eventually turned into Whip It, which has been performed live on the Today Show and X Factor Australia.
“It's a dream come true,” said Mr Cunningham. “It's what we have worked for for the last four years.”
Describing the job as ‘great' Mr Cunningham said that he still gets a buzz when he hears the song on the radio.
He said: “It's really cool, to hear your stuff on the radio.” And added: “I've only heard it in the car, but my friends have heard it when they're out. I try to turn it up if it's in my car though.”
Eventually Mr Cunningham said he aims to get a song in the top 10 of the Billboard charts, but said that success hasn't affected him when asked if he feels any different.
He said: “It's not completely changed me. I wouldn't have said it's affected me but it's just enabled us to work with more people and help us climb the ladder and have more of a chance of having more successful singles.”
And the boys' favourite song? Natalie Imbruglia's Torn.
OVER THE MOON: Nathan Cunningham, Lunchmoney Lewis, Krishane and Marc Sibley at Paramount Studios in LA