Grasscut is Andrew Phillips and Marcus O’Dair.
Andrew is an Emmy® winning composer (2019) and producer. Amongst many films, he has scored Oscar-nominated ‘Watani, My Homeland’, and BAFTA-winning ‘Grenfell’. Within Grasscut, he writes music and lyrics, sings, records, does all the studio stuff, and performs live.
Marcus is a writer and academic. He was shortlisted for the Penderyn prize in 2014 for his biography of Robert Wyatt, which was also a book of the week on Radio 4. He manages Grasscut and also performs live.
Grasscut have released three acclaimed albums over the last 10 years:
- 1 Inch: ½ Mile (Ninja Tune, 2010) was Mojo magazine’s electronica album of the month, one of iDJ’s debut albums of the year and one of the Sunday Telegraph’s top ten pop albums of the year. Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music named it one of his top 13 albums of all time.
- Unearth (Ninja Tune, 2012) was named by the Independent as one of the albums that should have been on the Mercury list.
- Everyone was a Bird (Lo, 2015) was described as ‘inspiring’ by the Wire. As well as 5* broadsheet reviews (‘pure genius’ – The Telegraph), the album won praise from the Sunday Times, Word, Uncut, the Quietus, Time Out, Q and Clash.
Grasscut have had airplay from BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 5Live and 6Music, and performed live on 6Music and XFM.
Since opening the main stage at the Big Chill in 2009, Grasscut have performed live in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Poland and Slovakia, at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Pompidou Centre.
Collaborators include Kronos Quartet, Robert Wyatt, Seb Rochford, Gazelle Twin, ECM bass clarinettist John Surman, John Metcalfe, and BAFTA-winning director Daniel Vernon.
Grasscut’s music has been used extensively in films, commercials, and television programmes around the world. In 2020 they have had a track in the drama series The New Pope (Sky Atlantic / HBO), and won a major worldwide advertising sync. They have also secured public funding.