Jim Sutherland is an award-winning Scottish composer, musician and producer.
His career ranges across many musical genres, as well as several major commissions for film, TV and theatre. He has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in their field, worldwide. Rooted in the Scottish tradition, his reach extends to encompass electronic, orchestral, rock and pop. His often-unorthodox production techniques are legendary. In 2018 Jim wrote additional music, selected diegetic music and produced the on set music for Netflix feature ‘Outlaw King’, directed by David Mackenzie, starring Chris Pine. In 2019, Jim co-wrote with Darren McGarvey, performed and produced two original songs for documentary ‘Scheme Birds’, with Loki The Scottish Rapper.
He has composed scores for several film and TV projects including the multi award winning feature film Festival (Best film at the British Comedy Awards) and the acclaimed Gaelic film Seachd premiered at The Edinburgh Film Festival in 2007. Jim produced two songs for the Academy Award winning Disney Pixar animated film ‘Brave’. Jim has also created ‘The True North Orchestra’ in order to perform his own dramatic musical score for the production of ‘Aishling’s Children’; ‘Tales of the Homecoming’.
Jim composed the score for ‘10 New Commandements’ (2008) premiered and selected as best of fest at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2008. Other musical works include the score for Annie Griffin’s pilot for the UK BBC series ‘Purves and Pekkala’(2008), ‘Before the Wolf’ (2007), as well as two new pieces for ‘La Banda Europa’ (2008) as part of the Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival.
Jim has also received theatre commissions such as Boilerhouse – Sister Sister, The Bridge, & Visible Fictions – Into the Dark.
In 2014 Jim won the PRS ‘Composer of the Year’ Award at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Other awards include the SAC Creative Scotland Award for artists of distinction and originality (2006), and in 1998 he was awarded Gold and Platinum discs in the UK, USA and Canada for his collaboration with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.