William Baird


Public bio

British-born William Baird started writing music at the age of 13 after being inspired by 80’s synth band, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. It was their 1980 album ‘Organisation’ that ignited his passion for music. Throughout his teenage years, William wrote synth pop songs and in the early 1980’s he formed an electronic duo band, ‘Pseudo Art’. He became completely absorbed in the British electronic music scene.

The band's passion for electronic music led him to Los Angeles in the late 80’s. At the young age of 21, through serendipity, his band had the pleasure of working with the legendary record producer, Peter Asher. After returning to the UK, William completed a Sound Engineering program at the University of Kingston, London, and studied composition, harmony and orchestration under private tuition.

He worked with renowned record producer and film composer, Steve Levine, who scored the feature film “Mister Frost,” starring Jeff Goldblum as well as the American TV series “She-Wolf of London.” This was a profound time in his life, being introduced to the world of Film & TV music composition.

William found his true passion - writing music for compelling stories.

William has been responsible for numerous original scores of award-winning documentaries and short films that are currently streaming on Amazon Prime, Super Channel, Discovery Channel, and CBC. He has been recognized by others, as having a natural gift for understanding and developing story with Filmmakers and Editors, and being inspired by the emotions these creative story collaborations generate.

Today, William is a Canadian citizen and continues to write music at McBaird Studios. This is his private studio, nestled between forests and the Pacific Ocean on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He lives there with his wife, son, and their two dogs.