Anu is a multi-platinum songwriter, producer and DJ. Currently signed to Kobalt for publishing and creating from his boutique mews studio in Notting Hill, London.
His diverse background as an accomplished producer & multi instrumentalist, who also writes melody and lyrics, has made him an in-demand collaborator for artists across many genres. Singer songwriters like Lewis Capaldi (Anu co-penned and Produced ‘Lost on You’ from the No 1 debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent) Declan J Donovan (‘Better’) and Abraham Alexander & Gary Clark Jr. (‘Stay’), Pop stars such as Mans Zelmerlow (‘Grow Up to Be You’) and Gabrielle Aplin (‘When The Lights Go Out’), indie bands including Prides (‘Sweet Time’) and Holychild (‘Running Behind’), to dance acts like Weiss (‘Ain’t Me Without You’) have all benefited from Anu’s ability to draw the best out of an artist. He can bring a contemporary edge to a heartfelt ballad or ensure a classic melody is paired with hard hitting beats, and everything in between.
Starting out with his own project, Freeform Five, Anu released his debut album on Atlantic Records, a DJ mix album on Four Music as well as several acclaimed singles and official remixes for artists such as N.E.R.D., Brian Wilson, David Byrne, Jamie Lidell, Santigold, Justin Timberlake and The Killers. Recent collaborations have included singles with Roisin Murphy (‘Leviathan’), Ali Love (‘Throwing Stones’), Carolyn Harding (‘Strength’ on Glitterbox) and remixes with A-Trak.
After years of Dj’ing across the globe in underground clubs from Cocoon to Fabric, Space to D-Edge, Anu’s first foray into writing and producing for other artists resulted in the breakthrough single ‘Paris is Burning’ for Ladyhawke and was quickly followed cuts for Little Boots, VV Brown and the Lana Del Rey co write ‘Ghetto Baby’ for Cheryl.
Anu has also always been involved in the sync world. He’s soundtracked adverts in every imaginable style for some of the world’s largest brands, including Apple, Nike, Nokia, Seat, Eurostar, Playstation, Mercedes, Verizon, Vodafone, BBC and Xbox (showreel on www.anupillai.com)
Anu continues to write with both established and developing artists and has recently worked with Rose Gray, Delores Forever, Dylan Cartlidge, Sophie & The Giants, Moss Kena, St. Raymonde and Tors amongst others.