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Martijn Schimmer

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Martijn Schimmer
Martijn-schimmer-1427797211.jpg
Born (1975-08-21) 21 August 1975 (age 43)
Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Known forComposer, Record producer
Websitehttp://www.smp.tv/

Martijn Schimmer (born 21 August 1975, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) is a Dutch composer and producer of television theme songs and film scores. His work includes the theme music for The Voice, Deal or No Deal, RTL Nieuws, and Splash.[1]

Early life and career

Schimmer was raised in Rotterdam. He started playing drums at the age of 6, and later moved on to keyboard instruments.[2]

As a solo-entertainer at a party, Schimmer came in contact with Hans van Eijck. At the time Van Eijck was responsible some TV themes on Dutch television. He asked Schimmer to come work for him. Schimmer’s first job was to write a song for a TV charity event. The song was performed some months later by Dutch artists Anita Meyer and Gordon. At the time, Schimmer was still a teenager living at home with his parents.[3]

In 1995 Schimmer founded his company, Schimmer Music Productions. His first TV theme was for the television show Peter R. de Vries, crime reporter. The program with Schimmer's theme tune was aired until 2012.[4] Schimmer composed music, played instruments, did the production and occasionally sang the lyrics.[3]

Film scores and pop songs

In 1999 Schimmer began composing music for films and fictionalized television shows. He ended his collaboration with van Eijck. The Dutch director Johan Nijenhuis commissioned him to write the music for the television series Westenwind.[2] He composed the score for the film Alice in Glamourland, starring Joan Collins.[5] He and Matthijs Kieboom also produced the score for Fuchsia the Mini-Witch for Walt Disney Pictures.[1]

As part of the soundtrack, Schimmer composed pop songs that were also commercially released and successful in the Netherlands. For the film Costa!, Schimmer composed and produced the song Ritmo! by actress Georgina Verbaan.[6] The song spent fifteen weeks in the Dutch Top 40 and peaked at number eleven.[7] Schimmer later produced pop songs in collaboration with Gerard Joling,[8] Sascha Visser, Chantal Janzen, Ellen ten Damme and Gordon.[9]

2005 - present

In 2005 Schimmer composed the music for the Dutch talk show De Wereld Draait Door, 1 vs. 100 and the station identity for Dutch broadcaster SBS6.[10] These stayed on the air for ten years. In the years that followed, he composed for other shows on Dutch television, including The Next Uri Geller,[11] via his music production company company SMP | Amsterdam, where Schimmer works with a group of audio producers and music specialists.[12]

Some other versions of Deal or No Deal and 1 vs. 100 also use Schimmer’s theme music.[13] He also composed the theme music for The Voice.[14][15] The format of producer John de Mol is seen in 150 countries and all editions use Schimmer’s theme music.[16] In 2012 he won as ASCAP Film and Television Award for his work on The Voice.[14]

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This page was last edited on 3 August 2018, at 02:47
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