Andrew T. Mackay is a British composer, producer, arranger and conductor specialising in orchestral, Indian and Middle Eastern influences. He is the co-founder of popular electronica/world music act Bombay Dub Orchestra. Andrew studied piano, clarinet and composition at the London College of Music under Dr Lloyd-Webber and John McCabe where he won the Director’s Prize for the performance of his composition ‘Malentendu’.
He is the Great-Great Grandson of Italian painter, flautist and freedom fighter Luciano Francesco Paggi. His great-great Uncle M. M. Paggi was one of the first sound engineers in Hollywood in the late 1920s. Another Great-Uncle was a make-up artist at Pinewood Studios in the UK working with Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier.
Bombay Dub Orchestra have remixed a host of great names including Bob Marley for the ‘Roots, Rock, Remixed’ CD, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Azam Ali, Bebel Gilberto, Ceu, Dizzy Gillespie, Natasha Atlas, Juno Reactor and Miklos Rosza’s ‘Love Theme From Ben Hur’ amongst others.
They have had tracks licensed for movies and TV shows in the US, UK and around the world and their albums ‘Bombay Dub Orchestra ‘ & ‘3 Cities’ were voted #6 and #12 in US NPR Show ‘Echoes’ Listeners poll 2009 of Top 200 albums of last 20 years. The opening track in the Hollywood movie Iron Man 3 was one of their remixes. All three of their albums have reached #1 in the iTunes World Music charts around the world.
Andrew has recently scored the Marathi Film Raakshas developed through Sundance Screenwriters Lab as well as Indian feature Bombairiya starring Radhika Apte.
He scored the feature documentary Monsoon by Canadian Sturla Gunnarsson which premiered at Toronto in 2014 winning the People’s choice award. As well as the feature doc In Rajasthan by US director Katherine Kingsland
He won the award for the Best Music Score in New York 2008 for the feature film Little Box Of Sweets (India/UK). For the film Florida Road, an American movie about an Indian family based in South Africa, Andrew mixed an African Choir with Semi-Classical Indian vocals which were recorded in South Africa. For the Indian/Spanish production Semshook a road trip from Dharamshala to Tibet, Andrew mixed his Western Classical orchestration with Indian & Tibetan folk music creating a unique score for the film. Andrew also scored Iram Paveen Bilal’s debut feature Pakistani film JOSH
In the 90’s Andrew worked extensively with former Royal Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Maurice Bejart and Michael Clark dancer/choreographer Ben Craft on 3 contemporary dance works/ballets that were premiered at The Place in London and performed around the world.
Andrew is the co-founder and Lab Director of the Mumbai Composers Lab having started the first ever Composers Lab in India as part of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival in 2013 in conjunction with Abbey Road Studios, PRS for Music and BMI.
Andrew’s company Bohemia Junction Ltd represents Abbey Road Studios for India as well as the Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra in Skopje where he has been recording the songs & scores for many Indian projects including Dhoom 3, Kabali, Mohenjo Daro, Befikre, Bairavaa, 24 & Power Paandi.
Andrew has just completed, through Bohemia Junction, with his team, the orchestration for AR Rahman’s debut orchestral commission ‘The Flying Lotus’ for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. The work for full symphony orchestra and Choir is being premiered in Seattle in May 2017
What the press says about Bombay Dub Orchestra’s Tales From The Grand Bazaars album
“…the pleasure journey found on Tales from the Grand Bazaar is as good as any fanatical fan of Bombay Dub Orchestra could possible wish for and the musical landscape is lush, ever-evolving and deeply seductive.” TJ Nelson – World Music Central
Bombay Dub Orchestra’s ‘Tales from the Grand Bazaar’ is a fabulous album that will put you in touch with all of the reasons you love music so much, and why you realized years ago that music is the most powerful and pervasive of all the art forms human beings have created. Douglas Heselgrave – Restles & Real
What the press says about Bombay Dub Orchestra’s 3 Cities album –
“..an extremely unique sort of chill that’s equally beholden to Indian traditional forms, South Asian underground and a Western symphonic sensibility.” Philip Van Vleck – Billboard
“..Bombay Dub Orchestra’s sophomore album is a masterful synthesis of Western orchestration and Eastern exoticism” – Christine Broomhead – CMJ
“..It does not favor the “light” over the “heavy.” There’s beauty in the unpolished lotus that is directly pulled from the mud. The hard and rugged beats of “Monsoon Malabar,” the downward trek of “Spiral,” the sweeping orchestra of “Junoon;” it’s all there, canvassing the field of good and evil and finding a middle ground. – Derek Beres – LIME
What the press says about Bombay Dub Orchestra’s self-titled debut –
“… an absolutely dream-inducing brainwave from noted U.K. musicians Garry Hughes and Andrew T. Mackay.” – Billboard
“….After a sixty minute soaking of majestic Eastern tinged strings bathed in rich, aromatic orchestral soundscapes, I was already convinced that I was listening to the album of the year.” www.global-trance.co.uk
* Best Short Film – Composer/Producer – La Lune Folle (Crazy Moon) – Rajasthan International Film Festival 2017
* GRAND JURY AWARD for BEST MUSIC South Asian International film Festival of New York 08 for ‘Little Box Of Sweets’
* Directors Award for Performance – London College of Music
* Various awards for music at Audio Visual Festivals in Europe and the US including 5 Gold Awards at AMI Philadelphia, US.
* Gold award for Best Music in Paris, France at Audio Visual Festival
* #1 Selling Album on the UK Classical Charts for Opera Album 1999
To listen to Bombay Dub Orchestra‘s entire catalogue visit Bandcamp.
Andrew T. Mackay Short Reel excerpts
Full Composition Reel
Video playlist of mostly fan made music videos of tracks by Bombay Dub Orchestra.
Mumtaz, Junoon (remix) and Feel are official videos