Nick Wood
Background information
Born UK
Occupation Record producer, song writer, Company Director
Associated companys SYN Productions
Associated acts Simon Le Bon
Robert Palmer
Julian Lennon
Maxi Priest

Nick Wood is a British record producer, songwriter, musician and award-winning commercial composer, who is co-owner of SYN Productions.


Nick started his career in music production at the Marcus Studio in London (UK). Then at the age of 19, he signed with Virgin Records as the founding member of pop act, Appassionata. In 1991, Wood formed the SYN Production studios in Tokyo (Japan) with longtime friend and collaborator, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran.

As composer, recording artist, producer and arranger, Nick continues to score to picture, as well as write hit pop songs for artists. In 2002, his hit single, "Passion" the theme song for Kirin Beer’s Love Sports campaign reached no.1 on Japan’s International charts. The song will be celebrating its tenth successive year as Japan’s favorite sports tune and the unofficial supporters’ anthem for the Japanese national football squad in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  Nick's eclectic music tastes have allowed him to collaborate with such diverse artists as Bebel Gilberto, Dr. John, Chris Corner, Graham Massey, Jon Hassell, Julian Lennon, Maxi Priest, Robert Palmer, Simon Le Bon, Tetsuya Komuro and Van Dyke Parks.

Wood began his film composition career creating the score for the Wim Wenders production Dream Island. Since then, he has scored numerous movie soundtracks including 13 Kaidan (Masahiko Nagasawa’s award-winning thriller starring Tsutomu Yamazaki), To-l Umi Kara Kita Coo (Wood’s first score for animated film), and Mario van Peebles’ Love Kills. His music has also been featured on The Dialogue Series, and licensed to TV shows such as NBC’s Robbery Homicide and HBO’s critically acclaimed, Sex and the City.

Having composed music for hundreds of television commercials both in Japan and globally, Nick’s company SYN Productions continues to be one of Japan’s most in-demand boutique music houses. Its facilities include a state-of-the-art recording studio that enables high-quality real-time audio transmissions and links to the world’s top recording studios using ISDN Codec technology.

In 2009, Nick’s “Wild At Heart” was selected as the main theme for the Coke Zero nationwide football campaign supporting J. League, the professional football league in Japan.

In 2013, Nick co-produced Digitalian Is Eating Breakfast 3 (DEBF3) featuring Saffron Le Bon.

Soundtrack credits Edit

  • 1991 - Dream Island - Director: Sean Naughton, Producer: Wim Wenders 
  • 1992 - Shura No Densetsu - Director: Seiji Izumi, Producers: Sunao Sakagami, Hikaru Kawase
  • 1994 - To-i Umi Kara Kita Coo - Director: Tetsuo Imazawa, Producer: Toru Suzuki
  • 1998 - Love Kills - Director: Mario Van Peebles, Producers: Mario Van Peebles, Mark Buntzman
  • 2003 - 13 Kaidan (13 Steps) - Director: Masahiko Nagasawa, Producer: Masaru Kakutani
  • 2004 - Tokyo Designer's Block (documentary) - Director: Silas Hickey
  • 2005 - Marc Newson (documentary) - Director: Silas Hickey
  • 2009 - Knife Through Water (documentary)


  • Adidas
  • Apple Inc.
  • Audi
  • Coca-Cola
  • Cartier
  • Converse 
  • Kellogg's
  • Kirin Beverages
  • McDonald's
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mitsubishi Motors
  • Microsoft
  • Nike
  • Nissan
  • Parco
  • P&G
  • Ricoh
  • Sony
  • Shiseido
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Unilever
  • Visa
  • Walt Disney Japan
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