The Silva Screen Music Group is a London based independent record company which is home to one of the world’s leading film and television specialist soundtrack labels, Silva Screen Records. Founded by music devotee Reynold D’Silva in 1986, the group retains a catalogue of over 500 titles and over 10,000 master recordings and has offices in New York and Paris.
The company’s repertoire of original soundtracks spans a wide range of titles, ranging from the Gerry Anderson catalogue (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet), the cult TV series The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe to reissues of classics such as John Barry’s score for The Ipcress File and the music for the cult film The Wicker Man. It also includes contemporary major film successes such as Crocodile Dundee, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Notebook, Blade Trinity, Batman Begins, The Departed, Iron Man, Rambo, A Single Man, Dear John, The Expendables, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Project X and Gravity.
As the exclusive worldwide partner for BBC soundtrack releases, Doctor Who and Sherlock have been major hits worldwide alongside other international successes, such as Luther, The White Queen and the famed natural history series that include Frozen Planet, Africa, Human Planet and Hans Zimmer’s Planet Earth II musical project. US programme scores feature highly as well and include Mad Men and Game Of Thrones.
Core to the company’s business however has been the extensive programme of re-recording film music from the past 100 years. Silva Screen has, what is considered to be the greatest hits of film and TV themes which, in addition to being available at retail, can be heard worldwide in adverts, film trailers, TV programmes, games, greetings cards and in samples by a wealth of recording artists.
Our music can be heard on many of the world’s most popular TV shows such as Top Gear, The Voice, Britain/America’s Got Talent and The X Factor. In advertising the company works closely with key brands that include Nike, Samsung, McDonald’s, British Gas, Heineken and William Hill. We also supply the soundtrack for atmosphere, triumph and despair at major sporting events for the BBC, BSkyB, BT Sport and ESPN.
Most music scored for cinema in the Hollywood era and beyond had been ill-served when commercially released. Tracking down the composers themselves, unearthing lost music manuscripts, contacting relatives and the estates of these musical geniuses has been a labour of love for the company. Initial projects included new recordings of the complete scores of The Big Country and Lawrence Of Arabia, all released to critical acclaim. The result is a film and TV catalogue of close to 3,000 tracks, digitally recorded and played by outstanding musicians, which breathes new life once again into some of the most evocative music ever written. Key to the plaudits received has always been that the recordings are created with the listener in mind as opposed to the film. Recent six CD ‘Definitive’ sets compiling the music of John Williams, John Barry and Hans Zimmer present the most comprehensive overviews on the market.
Silva Screen’s label imprint So Recordings launched in the autumn of 2010 with debut release, Long Live The Duke & The King by The Duke & The King delivering an immediate chart placing on The UK Chart Top 75 Albums and a top 10 Indie Chart berth. Since then the roster has continued to expand and includes American singer/songwriter par excellence Joshua Radin who has enjoyed top 40 US chart action. The Chevin, a Yorkshire four piece based in the US who have won over critics and fans on both sides of the Atlantic with their shimmering anthemic sound that has led to major US TV appearances including Late Show With David Letterman. Their cheer-leading song Champion was the soundtrack to the Premiership Football Season 2013-2014 for William Hill’s mobile betting TV campaign. Yorkshire alt-rock band Dinosaur Pile-Up are fast establishing a solid live reputation worldwide after the launch of their critically lauded sophomore album Nature Nurture. Described by Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as, “an album that could be one of the greatest albums ever in existence”. Their third album, Eleven-Eleven is set for release this autumn. Fenech-Soler have built on the Q and XFM award nominations for their self-titled 2010 debut album with the release of Rituals and a tour that culminated in an appearance at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and also support slots with Simple Minds. A new album is currently in the works. Formed in a Nashville college dorm, The Apache Relay deliver the essence of modern roots-rock and have opened for Mumford & Sons in concert. Their third album released this year refines even further what USA Today have called, “thoroughly charming pop-rock”. Morning Parade’s release, Pure Adulterated Joy is the second album from a band who have achieved transatlantic and European success with music beloved by US Alt/Radio, full of fascinating song-writing and massive soundscapes. Recent new signings, Demob Happy, Only Rivals and Broken Hands further underline the expansion of the label, all delivering new albums this autumn. Other artists on the roster include blissful UK Americana from Danny & The Champions Of The World, the musically diverse Canadian outfit Zeus and dyed in the wool Aussie rockers All Mankind.
So What? is the pop division of So Recordings which was launched in the autumn of 2012 with the signing of chart topping, platinum selling, singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Matt Cardle. It proved an immediate success with his sophomore album The Fire hitting the UK top ten and registering at number one on the Independent Album Chart. This was followed by with the second album release Music To Make Boys Cry from singer-songwriter Diana Vickers, which scored a UK Top 40 placing.
The company has also had long standing success in other genres. The now world renowned soprano Lesley Garrett signed to the newly formed Silva Classics label in 1993 and enjoyed massive sales success throughout the decade. Amongst her numerous gold and silver albums for the label she received the Gramophone Award for Best Selling Classical Artist Of The Year for the release Soprano In Red. Other artists include The Brodsky Quartet and world renowned Chilean tenor Tito Beltran.
The acquisition of the famed jazz/world label CMP – Creative Music Productions added a further 120 albums of material by artists of the stature of Jack Bruce (Cream), Andy Summers (The Police), Trilok Gurtu and David Torn to the roster.
HipBop records began life in New York in 1994 as an outlet for contemporary jazz/funk/fusion and established itself as a cutting edge label whose featured artists read like a roll-call of legend. They include, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Tom Browne, Lenny White, Bob James, Gato Barbieri and Patrice Rushen.
The Times Square label in the US has been another successful Silva Screen venture. A highly respected world music roster, its artists, past and present include critically acclaimed performers such as the Portugese singer Mariza, Miami based Cuban singer, Albita and Cape Verdian artist Sara Tavares.
As the music industry evolves at a breath-taking pace Silva Screen remains at the forefront with their entire catalogue of recordings available as downloads, audio and video streaming being marketed and promoted worldwide for usage in advertising, TV programmes, mobile ringtones, synchs and feature films.
Over 30 years after its formation, the company has lost none of the passion that drove it into being with innovation and quality the constant.