James Elsey is an emerging Composer based in London UK, a graduate of The Academy of Contemporary Music and second year member of the BAFTA Crew Games program.
Passionate about Video Games and interactive Music, James has credits on PC and Consoles working twice with Steel Arts Software. First contributing a terrifying, yet emotional score for Survival Horror game Welcome To Hanwell, followed by a dynamic Sci-Fi score for Grey Skies: A War Of The Worlds Story, a third person, Stealth experience based on the classic H.G. Wells Novel.
He has also established a long running relationship with The Escapist on their Gameumentary series with over two million lifetime views; contributing Original Scores for 4 feature length Documentaries covering beloved gaming Franchises including; Divinity: Original Sin, Insurgency, Darkest Dungeon and Spiritfarer.
Currently he is working with Fayju Games on Amazing Frog?; a wacky Sandbox title requiring a genre-mixing Soundtrack of Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz to name a few. As well as with Sidequest Ninja on Hexahedra; an inventive Puzzle game with a Sci-Fi Factory setting and an adaptive Synthwave score.
James has also worked on numerous Short Films with screenings at Film events across London; including Handle, The Shield Maiden and Preacher Preacher. As well as Promotional and Advertising content with companies such as; News UK (including a winning submission in the 2012 Media Week Awards) Mercedes Benz, Taco Bell, Walker Books, Fashion Capital and the British Film Institute (BFI) who selected his track 'Vibe City' as the soundtrack to their annual Future Film Festival Trailer.
The Animated Short he contributed Music and Sound Design on, No Kittens In Paradise has been received with praise at Festivals across the globe. Premiering at Pictoplasma, Berlin and also shown at Animation Block Party NY, Animation Block Party London, ANIMFEST Athens & Wasteland Film Festival, California City.
A successful contributor to Music Production Libraries, James has written music for: Universal Production Music, BMG, SPM Music Group, Frontier Trailer Music, Phantom Power, No Sheet Music, Motus Music, AKA Music and The Soundscape Agency.
James has spoken at the following events: EGX/PAX Digital (Panel: Breaking Into Games - Routes Into The Industry), Unreal Engine London Meetup (Talk: Better Interactive Music For Games - An Introduction To Wwise) and chaperoned on the 'First Time User Experience' Panel at Develop Conference.
Video Game Director - Steel Arts Software
Head Of Design - News UK
"I worked with James for 4-5 months employing him to work on my game, Welcome to Hanwell. In this time, not only did he produce an atmospheric, engaging and incredible original soundtrack. He went above and beyond the role he was assigned and helped with many other aspects of development.
It was rare I had to give direction but when I did it was taken on board and he always delivered. Creating music that perfectly complimented the mood and tone I had set in the game, and in fact, many times he created music from nothing but a brief, which the rest of us would then use as inspiration in development.
I couldn't recommend James as a composer highly enough. Just listen to the work, it speaks for itself".
Video Game Director - The Domaginarium
"I think James is a very talented artist, who can easily get what we are going after with the project. Besides, he's very dedicated and is always willing to go the extra mile so we get perfect results".
"James has proven time and time again that not only is he an expert in his field of Composing/Sound Design but he is a consistent, reliable and friendly person to work with. He takes into account the exact requirements for the task and projects them superbly within his music.
I would recommend James to anyone, he is a versatile Composer/Sound Designer and likes to think outside of the box which gives his work the edge that is needed in today's highly competitive market".
"Working with James has been a real pleasure. He’s a skilled music composer and sound designer, bringing his own ideas and suggestions to the project. He is passionate and enthusiastic about his work, very reliable, a good communicator and delivers on time. If you're looking for an audio ace on your next project James is a great choice".