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Marius de Vries
Born1961 (age 59–60)
London, England
GenresElectronic, trip hop, rock
Occupation(s)Record producer, composer, engineer
InstrumentsKeyboards, drum programming, guitar

Marius de Vries (born 1961) is an English music producer and composer. He has won a Grammy Award from four nominations, two BAFTA Awards, and an Ivor Novello Award.


Marius de Vries was educated at Bedford School between 1975-1980 and then at Peterhouse, Cambridge.[1]


Music producer

De Vries served as the executive music producer for the 2016 film La La Land and produced the accompanying soundtrack. He also co-wrote the song "Start a Fire" alongside John Legend, Justin Hurwitz, and Angelique Cinelu, and had a small role in the film as a casting director.

Composer/film scores

De Vries was the music director of the 2001 film Moulin Rouge! and worked with Nellee Hooper on the film soundtrack of Romeo + Juliet as co-composer, programmer, and co-producer. Both of these projects won de Vries BAFTA awards, and he was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for his compositional work on the former.[citation needed]

He also wrote the scores for Stephan Elliott's surreal thriller Eye of the Beholder[citation needed] as well as Elliott's adaptation of the Noël Coward comedy Easy Virtue. The latter is notable musically for using the real singing voices of leading actors Ben Barnes, Jessica Biel, and Colin Firth.[2]

In 2010, he co-wrote the score of Kick-Ass with John Murphy, Henry Jackman and Ilan Eshkeri. He co-produced, along with Tyler Bates and Zack and Deborah Snyder, and performed on the soundtrack of Snyder's 2011 film Sucker Punch.[citation needed]

June 2013 saw the world premiere of de Vries' score for King Kong, directed by Daniel Kramer, with a book by Craig Lucas and animatronics by Sonny Tilders,[3][4] in Melbourne ahead of a Broadway mounting.

Partial list of songs produced

Songs by Teddy Thompson

Songs by Rufus Wainwright

Awards and nominations

BAFTA Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
1998 Romeo + Juliet Best Film Music Won [8]
2002 Moulin Rouge! Won

Grammy Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
1998 Ray of Light Album of the Year Nominated [9]
Contact from the Underworld of Redboy Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Nominated
2001 Moulin Rouge! Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated
2017 La La Land Won

Ivor Novello Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
1998 Romeo + Juliet Best Original Film Score Won [10]

World Soundtrack Awards

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2001 Moulin Rouge! Best Original Score of the Year Nominated [11]
Most Creative Use of Existing Material on a Soundtrack Won


  1. ^ "From Bedford to La La Land!". Bedford School. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Mad About the Boy – Music Video From the Easy Virtue Soundtrack". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2008.
  3. ^ Trueman, Matt (20 October 2011). "King Kong musical to open in Melbourne before hitting New York". London: Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  4. ^ "King Kong". Retrieved 31 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Liner Notes – A Piece of What You Need". Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Liner Notes – Want One". Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Liner Notes – Want Two". Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Marius de Vries - BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Marius de Vries". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  10. ^ "The Ivors 1998". Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Marius de Vries - Awards - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 27 July 2018.