MU­SIC PRO­DUC­ERS HEAD FOR THE BIG TIME

Space Pri­mates go from a bed­room on Chal­font St Peter to a stu­dio in Los An­ge­les

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: TRHer­bert

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

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