Michael Nielsen is a composer and music producer for film, television, video games, records, and advertising.
Michael has composed scores for some of the world’s most successful game franchises, including Forza Motorsport 7, Forza Motorsport 6, League of Legends, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Splinter Cell: Conviction. The latter was one of the highest-grossing video games of the year and included over two hours of cinematic score recorded with the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Warner Bros Eastwood Scoring Stage.
Michael also provided scores for Warner Bros Interactive’s video-game tie-in to Green Lantern, as well as Activision’s Battleship video game based on the summer blockbuster. Michael provided the original score for League of Legends: Spirit Guard Udyr, and Riot Games’ World Championship "Road to the Cup,” which debut in LA’s Staples Center to a sold-out crowd.
Michael is an owner and principal composer for Ninja Tracks, a music production company that is the first choice for producers and directors looking to create cutting-edge scores across all genres. Credited with hundreds of advertising campaigns for Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster films, Ninja Tracks continues to thrill audiences on both the large and small screen. Recent credits include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Geostorm, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Black Panther, The Hunger Games, Jurassic World, Game of Thrones, and countless others. Ninja Tracks also has scored numerous commercials for clients, including AT&T, Sony, SEGA, NBC, Mattel, Activision, and Six Flags.
Michael wrote and produced Selena Gomez single, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,” which has sold over a million copies. He also wrote and produced songs for Another Cinderella Story, American Pie III, Scooby Doo, and Blue Crush. Michael co-scored Marvelʼs hit animated series Wolverine and the X-Men, which garnered Nicktoons their highest ratings to date.
Michael has collaborated with and produced music for iconic artists including James Brown, The Pussycat Dolls, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, The Baha Men, John Sykes, and Lenny Kravitz. Michael produced blues/rock artist Philip Sayce’s “Peace Machine,” which was a best-seller in the blues charts. Sayce’s critically acclaimed latest release, “Influence,” features several songs producer by Michael.
Michael received an RIAA Gold Record for Disneymania, which remained on the Top 20 over a year after its release. Michael also contributed to Disneymania 2, which remained in the Top 5 on Billboardʼs Children’s Chart for over 23 consecutive weeks, entering at #1 the week it was released. The song “Tell Me Something I Donʼt Know” reached #3 on Radio Disney and debuted at #7 on Billboard.
Michael and Ninja Tracks are currently based in Ninja Tracks HQ, a studio that was featured as a standout in Mix Magazine’s “Class of 2014” studio feature.